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Moldovan Zeama (Chicken Soup)

Course Soup
Cuisine Moldovan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 small chicken cut up
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrot cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 2 cups egg noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parsley fresh chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill weed chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • thyme sprigs 1 per serving to garnish
  • lemon wedge to garnish


  • In a large pot put in the chicken pieces and 12 cups of water
  • Bring to a boil gently and start removing the froth as it rises to the top, just skim it off with a spoon.
  • Add the chopped onion, tomato, carrot and lovage or celery leaf along with some salt and pepper
  • Cook until chicken is cooked through and then add the egg noodles and lemon juice.
  • After about 5 minutes add the parsley and dill weed. Cover the pan and remove from heat and let sit covered to let the flavors mix together.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh thyme sprig and lemon slice
  • Serve warm with cornbread.