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A bowl of sour chicken soup
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Sour Chicken Soup

Sour Chicken Soup - An old family recipe! Made with chicken, mixed vegetables and ditalini pasta, seasoned with a ton of herbs and fresh lovage.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: celery, onions, pasta, poultry, tomatoes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 122kcal
Author: REMO


  • 5 qt water
  • 1 lb chicken
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onions chopped
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 carrots cubed
  • 1 celery stalks cubed
  • 1 green bell pepper cubed
  • 2 cups tomatoes cubed
  • 1 cup pasta ditalini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped


  • Pour about 5qt (aprox. 5L) of water into a soup pot and get ready to make your amazing soup (I meant mine).
  • Clean and chop your chicken in pieces as small as you want them and add to the pot with water. I did not use the breast and drumsticks but you can throw inside the pot pretty much anything else, bones are mandatory. Bring to boil and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes; remove the dark foam from the top with a slotted spoon or your soup will turn out dark and creepy.
  • Clean and chop all the veggies the way you want and set them aside. In a separate skillet, add a tbsp of cooking oil of your choice and cook the onion for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • After 5 minutes add carrots, celery, peppers and saute for another 5 minutes. When done, add sauteed veggies to the pot with the chicken. Add tomatoes and pasta and keep cooking for another 15 minutes or until the pasta is done.
  • Five minutes before removing from heat you can add the lemon juice.
  • When you are done, check to see if chicken and pasta are properly cooked, remove from heat, add chopped parsley and lovage (if you even know what that is), cover again and let it rest for 10 minutes.


Traditionally, Romanian soup is turned sour by using 'borș' a liquid ingredient obtained from fermenting wheat or barley bran in water, but good luck finding anything similar in North America however, you can definitely use lemon juice but not too much as the balance has to be just right or the lemon will over-power the damn thing. Alternatively, you can find in Polish stores, envelopes with sour soup seasoning called 'Borș Magic'.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1762IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg