Romanian chicken soup with dumplings

Romanian chicken soup with dumplings is the fastest soup you could make. You don’t have to chop, just add the whole ingredients, make some dumplings and the soup is ready. So when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, it’s perfect. 


  • A yellow chicken breast (with more fat). Buy breast with skin and bone (there is also boneless, but we don’t want that one). In commerce you can find the happy chicken from the brand (in most supermarkets) or the one raised with corn from Lidl. You can also use a country chicken breast, if you have it, or chicken. The quality of the meat is very important for a tasty soup. Then, you can use the remaining meat for a pilaf, ciulama, chicken drob or sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls)– some other delicious Romanian Traditional foods.

  • 1 whole medium yellow onion, peeled;

  • 2 bell peppers. Remove the seeds and cut them in 2;

  • 3 medium or 2 large carrots (cleaned and left whole);

  • 1 white (parsnip or/and parsley root)

  • 1 zucchini cut into 3;

  • 1 bunch of green parsley;

  • Salt, to taste.

For the dumplings: 10 tablespoons of semolina, 2 eggs, a tablespoon of oil, a pinch of salt

romanian chicken soup

Let’s get to work.

  • We take a large pot with a lid, about 5 l. Half fill it with cold water, then add the chicken breast and the boiled vegetables. After about a quarter of an hour, we will have to remove the foam (a white thing that appears on the surface of the soup). We take it with a spoon or a foam and throw it away. Now our soup should be clear. Let it boil for another 45 minutes on low heat.

  • After the 45 minutes we start the dumplings. How are dumplings made? Beat 2 eggs, add a pinch of salt and a spoonful of oil, then add the semolina. We need to get a composition a little thicker than that of pancakes.

  • We take the lid off the pot, and leave the fire low. With a spoon, take a little of the dumpling dough and let it go into the soup. We wait a bit to see if it keeps its shape or falls apart. If it keeps its shape, it means that we have the desired composition. If it falls apart, add a little more flour. We do the test again. If everything is ok, this time we take a spoon, we just want to have big and beautiful dumplings. You put them in the soup and wait for them to come to the surface, then turn them over, let them boil for 5 minutes and repeat. 

Add green parsley to the Romanian chicken soup with dumplings and you’re done! Pofta buna!

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