Chicken Soup

OK, so it's nearly Christmas and you're thinking about what to cook over the festive period, but how about trying a different kind of Turkey this year? Here's a recipe from my new gluten free Turkish cookbook A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey. It's for Turkish-style chicken soup, but you can also make it from leftover turkey - yum!

 Chicken Soup

(Tavuk Çorbası)

There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of chicken soup, is there? It’s probably the number one folklore remedy for treating colds and flu and other illnesses, and I remember my nan cooking it for me when I was a kid if I was feeling ill. It did always seem to perk me up afterwards so maybe there really is something in it!

The thing I like about this recipe is that you can use chicken or veggies left over from a Sunday roast (or Xmas din-dins!) and you’ve got another delicious meal in no time at all.



  • 1 large onion – diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed and chopped
  • 1 leek – sliced finely
  • 1 chicken/turkey breast – diced (or left over chicken/turkey)
  • 1 cup of green beans – chopped
  • ½ cup of garden peas
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of dried red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1½ pints of gluten free chicken stock
  • 1 carrot – peeled and grated
  • 2 medium potatoes – diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for frying



  1. Fry the onion and leeks until soft.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil, then simmer for 45 minutes. Blitz in a blender or with a hand blender until smooth. Add the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into bowls and serve.

Serves 4

This is just one of the many recipes from A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey...

If you're suffering from coeliac disease, gluten and wheat sensitivity, or you simply want to sample delicious and healthy Turkish food, then this book's for you.

A gluten free diet doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste. Today it can be eclectic, vibrant, and adventurous. After cooking for her coeliac husband for over a decade, author Sibel Hodge now combines her knowledge of tasty, easy-to-cook, and nutritious Turkish food with gluten free recipes in A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey.

This mouth-watering collection of dishes includes meze, soups, salads, egg dishes, pasta, vegetable dishes, meat dishes, seafood, desserts, bread, and drinks. It features over 80 recipes and photos of traditional Turkish favourites like Moussaka, Oven Cooked Kebab, and Calamari, along with dishes that have a Turkish Cypriot twist to them, such as Cypriot Olive Bread and Hellim Pasta, plus her own creations of Red Lentil and Rocket Soup, Caramelized Roast Vegetables with Feta, Spiced Mushroom Rice, Turkish-Style Shepherd's Pie, and Choca Mocha Walnut Cake.

Turkish cuisine is considered among the world's best because of the variety of dishes, the use of natural ingredients, and a huge mixture of tantalizing flavours and tastes. It's also a very healthy diet, with lots of vegetables, grains, beans, herbs, olive oil, spices, and fruit.

Who says gluten free cooking has to be boring?

Experiment. Eat. Enjoy!

A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey  is available from

Happy Christmas!

Sibel XX