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Chicken Soup, Libyan Browdow

Recently a friend of mine described Browdow as a hug in a mug, well I thought that was so accurate and that I had to add it to this blog.

So this chicken soup is much like many, initially the base is a good chicken broth that is then thickened and served with shredded chicken and orzo.

So lets take a moment to look at the health benefits;

Full of Magnesium, Phosphorus, Gelatine, Collagen, Glycine, Glutamine, Protein, Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Glucosamine, Calcium.

This soup is also said to;

Improve digestion, protect your joints, clear your skin, healthy immune system and improve sleep, so it definitely makes sense as to why my mum used to always make it for me when I was sick & funnily enough I find myself doing the same for my own children.

Ingredients List

1 White onion

Chicken pieces on the bone

2 fresh tomatoes

3 handfuls of orzo

2 Tbsp white flour

Whole Spices

2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks

1 Tbsp Rose petal

6 Cardamom pods

4 Whole black pepper

3 Small pieces of shaybah

3 Bay leaves

1 Tbsp Cooking salt

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon powder

To Serve:

1 Lemon or Lime

Cracked black pepper

Alternatively click the link below and you can purchase all the whole spices you need for this recipe:


Place all the following into one big pot;

Roughly chopped onion, chunks of fresh tomato, chicken pieces, all the whole spices, Salt, cinnamon and add two jugs of boiling water

Allow to the temperature to reach boiling, reduce the heat and allow to cook for around 45 minutes

In a separate pot, add 2 Tbsp of Ghee on a medium heat until its hot, add the orzo and allow to golden brown, add the flour and mix well, ensuring you mix thorough, do not allow the flour to burn.

Now add in the broth making sure to place a sieve over the pot to hold all the whole spices and whole veggies.

Set the chicken pieces to the side to cool

Optional Step :

To ensure maximum flavour pick out all the whole spices and dispose.

Take the left over onion and tomatoes and blitz

Add to the broth


Allow the thickened broth to cook on a low/ medium heat for a further 15 minutes or until the orzo is cooked.

Add in the shredded chicken and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestion:

Serve with fresh lime/ Lemon & a sprinkling of cracked black pepper

Add a side of homemade pitta croutons

Enjoy !

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