Hungarian Chicken Soup (Csirkeleves)

Having a great (and simple) recipe for comfort food is a must have in our kitchen. As a child, my grandparents would make Csirkeleves on cold days and it would warm us right up! My grandparents still make this soup and after making this, it made me miss seeing them even more. My husband loved this soup, went back for seconds and he asked me to make it again real soon!

For this recipe, I use bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs. You can also use chicken backs, wings or any dark meat part of the chicken. I don’t recommend chicken breasts because it will dry out more. The skin is left on the chicken because it adds flavor. I serve the soup with the whole thigh but you can also take them out prior to serving to cut up and put back in the pot if you choose. Angel hair pasta is also made separately and then added to the soup once you serve it so it doesn’t get soggy. You can serve this with also egg noodles or dumpling. This recipe makes 4 servings! Enjoy some with your friends and family!

Take chicken thighs and put them in a Dutch oven or stock pot and cover them with water to about 1” above them. Turn heat on high to boil.
After boiling, foam will appear on top. Remove foam by scooping it out.
Ready for the other ingredients!
Add in chopped celery.
Add in sliced carrots.
Add in quartered onion and stir.
Turn the heat down to a simmer. Add in salt, peppercorns, and paprika.
Simmer on low heat for about 30 mins.
Take the greens from the top of celery stalks and chop some up to add to the soup.
The chopped up celery greens can be large or small pieces. Add to the pot and stir.
I love the color it has added! Cook for 15-20 more mins or until chicken is falling off the bone.
Prior to serving, chop up parsley and add to pot & stir.
Love this parsley in there too!
Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions and drain.
Strained and ready to be added when we serve.
First serve noodles, then ladle out the whole chicken thigh, veggies and broth. Perfect Csirkeleves!

Published by Melissa

A stay at home mom who loves to cook!

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