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Turkish-Style Chicken Soup with Yogurt, Chickpeas and Bulgur

4 Servings

35 minutes

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There are many different versions of düğün çorbası, or Turkish wedding soup, and a good number of them are made with lamb. But a chicken-based recipe from “Anatolia” by Somer Sivrioglu and David Dale inspired this soup, which is rich and satisfying but not at all heavy. We opted out of the egg and flour that enriches and thickens classic düğün çorbası, but we include both chickpeas and bulgur for substance and texture. Butter infused with Aleppo pepper finishes individual bowlfuls, adding color, aroma and depth of flavor. Aleppo pepper is mildly spicy, with a touch of fruitiness and smoke.




Don’t rinse the chickpeas. Instead, just drain them of their canning liquid. The liquid left clinging to the chickpeas lends the soup a little body. Also, don’t put the soup back on the burner after whisking in the yogurt. Additional heat may cause the yogurt to separate and curdle.

35 minutes


  • 1

    pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into ¾-inch chunks

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Catherine L.
January 27, 2023
refreshing and warming for winter
The perfect soup for chilly winter days. I added egg to the broth for extra richness, and used lots of dill at the end for a fresh herby taste.
Tanu N.
June 10, 2022
Delicious and hearty, perfect for if you are feeling under the weather
This soup is an easy, quick fix, making for a great 1 pot meal. I actually love it without the addition of the yogurt, adding lots of fresh lemon juice on top and a little drizzle of chilli crisp. It makes for a great, restorative soup when feeling under the weather.
Caroline G.

This came out hearty and delicious. Substituted chicken thighs I had on hand and simmered them from the beginning. Also added two chopped carrots.

Tanu N.

Made this recipe today for lunch. I substituted chicken thighs in and added some sumac to the paprika butter. It made a lovely, hearty soup while still feeling light. Definitely gonna make this one again~