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Soup – Super Freekeh Chicken

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#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - @FiestaFarms

Super Freekeh Chicken Soup
Zuppa Freekeh
by James Belardo

We’re always on the lookout for food we’re not familiar with, we discovered this ancient Arabian grain while walking the aisles of one of our favorite Middle-Eastern stores that happen to be attached to one of our favorite Middle-Eastern restaurants, Sababa. In addition to a wonderful, and a restaurant with super-friendly staff, they have their own take-out counter and pita-making facility which also happens to be a grocery store! I love walking down the aisles looking for anything that catches my eye. Freekeh was one of those things…

Interesting tidbits about Freekeh, it has more protein than other grains, especially the ‘mature’ ones, it’s a source of probiotics AND prebiotics, it has an abundance of minerals, and up-to four times the fiber of brown rice.

#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - ingredients

1- 2 lbs. chicken (2 breasts cut in chunks)
4 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
1 can ceci (chick peas)
2 cups water
1/2 – 3/4 cup freekeh (rinsed)
1 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
2-3 carrots, diced
4-5 stalks celery, diced
1 cup white wine (Pinot Grigio)
2-3 plum tomatoes, roughly cut up (peeled)
4 tbsp olive oil
fresh lemon juice (1/2 medium-large lemon)
2-3 bay leaves
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste


1. In a large pot or dutch oven, sauté onions, garlic and (optional) hot pepper flakes in 3 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil until the garlic begins to brown and the onions begin to become translucent.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - sauté onions and garlic
2. Add the chicken and let cook, you may need to add another tbsp or two of olive oil.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - toss in some chicken
3. When chicken pieces are cooked, add the carrots and celery, cook for about 10-minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - toss in  carrots and celery
4. Once the vegetable base has cooked sufficiently, add the cup of white wine, let come to a boil.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - add 1c of white #wine
5. Add the sliced Roma tomatoes and bay leaves, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to break down.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - roughly cut and peeled tomatoes
6. As the tomatoes begin to breakdown, add a cup of chicken stock and let come to a boil.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1c chicken stock
7. Add the Freekeh (rinced), let come to a boil and then continue adding the remaining 3 cups of chicken stock 1 cup at a time.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1c FREEKEH! #homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 3c stock 1c at a time
8. Add the chick peas.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1 can chick peas
9. Add a cup of water, taste the soup as it boils and add salt and pepper tasting the broth and making sure you’re not putting too much in at a time.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1c water s&p
10. Add the lemon juice and another cup of water, add more salt and pepper if needed.
11. Once the soup flavor begins to shape nicely add the parsley and let the soup simmer on low for another 10 minutes or so, add more water to make up for the reduction of liquid due to the cooking.
#homemade Super #Freekeh Soup #CucinaDelloZio - parsley


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Written by Zio James

April 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM

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  1. […] nutritious and pretty tasty too… It makes a wonderful addition to soup, here’s our Super Freekeh Chicken Soup recipe! Try it, we’re sure you’ll love […]

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