Chicken Cornbread Dumpling Soup Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Chicken cornbread dumpling soup Recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Chicken cornbread dumpling soup.

This peasant soup was taught to me by an old lady who has been cooking it for longer than I’ve been alive. Packed full of white beans, corn and black cabbage, it’s meant to be rustic, so I didn’t change it much – just a little polish here and there. I have to admit, though, that the addition of the chicken dumplings really brought the dish to a whole new level.

Serves 4
Preparation 40min
Cooking 1hr 10min
Skill level Mid

Shane Delia


1 tbsp olive oil
60 g butter
35 g (¼ cup) hazelnuts roasted, peeled, coarsely crushed
1 tbsp red pul biber (Aleppo pepper)
1 lemon, zested

Black cabbage and white bean soup

100 g dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight in cold water, drained
40 g butter
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 corn cob, kernels removed
50 g tomato paste
100 g fine cornmeal
1 bunch cavolo nero (black cabbage), leaves only, washed and shredded
sea salt, to taste
2 lemons, juiced

Corn bread

400 ml natural yoghurt
400 ml water
60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
3 eggs
180 g plain flour
20 g baking powder
60 g sugar
pinch of sea salt
330 g polenta

Chicken dumplings

180 g corn bread, crumbled
180 g chicken mince
1 egg white
¼ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
pinch of red pul biber (Aleppo pepper)
sea salt, to taste

Cook’s notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


You will need to begin this recipe 1 day ahead.

To make the soup, place the drained beans in a large saucepan of cold water and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until nearly tender. Drain well.

Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and corn, and cook for 6-7 minutes or until translucent. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine well, then add the drained beans, cornmeal and 2 litres of water and stir until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes or until thickened. Add the black cabbage and stir until wilted, then add the lemon juice and season to taste.

Meanwhile, to make the corn bread, preheat panggangan to 160˚C. Line a 20 x 30 cm baking tin with baking paper. Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the yoghurt, water, olive oil and eggs until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt, and mix on low speed until just combined. With the motor running, slowly add the polenta and mix until smooth – the batter will be quite wet. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool.

To make the dumplings, combine all the ingredients in a bowl, then shape the mixture into small balls about the size of an unshelled walnut. Carefully drop the dumplings into a large saucepan of just simmering water and poach for 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Just before serving, heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. When the butter begins to foam, add the hazelnuts and cook, shaking the pan, for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add the poached dumplings, pul biber and lemon zest and cook for another 2-3 minutes, spooning the butter over the dumplings until golden all over.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, top with the chicken dumplings and hazelnuts, then spoon over a little butter mixture from the pan.

• The cornbread recipe makes more than you need, but it’s handy to have on hand and freezes well. Coarsely crumble and store in ziplock bags in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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