Georgian Chicken Soup (Chikhirtma)
Simmering whole spices and fresh herbs in the broth imparted more flavor than our usual method of seasoning and thickening soups — sauteing ground spices in a roux. We liked the hint of heat from red pepper flakes, but they can be left out for a milder version. We preferred the simplicity of this soup with just carrots and onions, but some versions of chikhirtma include cubed potatoes, asparagus, corn or peas; add any of these cooked veggies to the simmering soup.
For the broth
bunch fresh cilantro
01Tie the stems of the cilantro and dill into bundles, then trim off the leaves, reserving ¼ cup of each for garnish. In a large pot, combine both sets of stems, the chicken and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the garlic head and transfer the chicken to a plate and cool until easily handled. Once cool, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces, discarding the skin, bones and cartilage. Set aside.
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