Chicken Quaker Soup


Quaker soup is the most popular Ramadan soup served in Saudi. You can also substitute lamb instead of the chicken in this dish. The hint of cumin leaves a distinct smoky flavor while the cardamom reminds you of its Middle Eastern roots. Mastika is widely used in Arabic cooking as a thickener such as flour in western countries.

4 chicken breast, boneless and skinless, diced
2 tablespoons butter
3 mastika
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 chicken bouillon cubes
6 cups water
1/2 tablespoon cumin, ground
8 green cardamoms
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnish

1. In a 4 quart pan on medium heat add butter, garlic and onions, cook until tender. Add chicken, cumin, cardamom, mastika, salt and pepper allowing chicken to turn white on all sides. Add tomato paste, chicken bouillon and oats and water. Bring to a full boil then reduce heat to low for and allow to cook for 45 minutes covered. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top of each serving.

Yields: 12 servings

18 Responses to Chicken Quaker Soup

  • so fulfilling..thanks for sharing noor

  • Hi Noor I live in America but I tried this recipe right after you posted it and wow I loved it, my entire family did. This is a very good soup that I will make again for sure. Thanks..

  • Sounds good!

  • Eid Mubarak!

    You have a very nice blog!! Lot’s of Salaam from the Netherlands!

  • This looks delicious and I will have to try it once the weather gets a bit cooler. Any idea why it is called “Quaker” soup?

    Thank you.

  • That call it Quaker bc that is the oat brand we always use :)

    You will love it i am sure I never thought to add oats to soup but they do a lot here and its so amazing.

  • It was lovely. i use meat. thank you for sharing.

  • A lot of people do use lamb and I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • Hi, thanks for the lovely recipe, could you please tell me what’s Mastika & is it a must to add this?

  • mastika is also called Arabic gum its used as a thickener in the Middle East. You can also use a bot of cornstarch to thicken.

  • Tried it & it was delicious. Used cornstarch in place of Mastika as you suggested. Thanks for all the lovely recipes.

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and let me know it worked and I am so happy you all liked it.

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  • This recipe turned out pretty delecious. Thanks!

  • I avoid boullion at all costs. full of MSG. dont ever buy Maggie folks. Do it the old fashioned way. Your boday will thank you.

    • I buy MSG free maggi! I do not use anything with MSG! The MESG free Maggi has a blue label on it.

  • Wow ur kidding me. I thought I saw lower sodium but didn’t know there is MSG free boul lion. That’s amazing for when u don’t have any stock in the freezer. I’ll inquire about it. Thank u. Hopefully I can get my hands on some in Ottawa.

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