How to Make Chicken Soup with Israeli Couscous

Here’s a super comforting soup for these cold, dreary days. Serve it with some crusty bread and everyone will be happy! You can make this soup with left over chicken or turkey as well. Enjoy!

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 TBS parsley, chopped
8 cups chicken broth
1 TBS tomato paste
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 TBS dried oregano
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup peas
1 cup Israeli couscous
1 TBS butter
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil. Add the onion, celery, garlic and jalapeno. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft and translucent. Add the tomatoes, with their rendered juice, and the parsley. Stir well. Cook for few minutes. Add the chicken broth and the shredded chicken. Bring to a boil. Add the tomato paste and stir until well dissolved. Add the oregano and season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Bring to a soft boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, melt the butter in a skillet. Add the couscous and evenly brown.

After the soup has been simmering for 20 minutes, add the peas, corn and couscous. Simmer for an extra 20 minutes or until couscous is cooked through. Serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!

You will find Israeli couscous in Middle Eastern grocery stores and in the Asian section of your grocery store. You can substitute the couscous with orzo if wanted.

Print the Chicken Israeli Couscous Soup Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • March 13, 2013

    K. Kosnoff

    I used whole, bone-in chicken things that were browned in olive oil and garlic first. Then added the juice of a whole lime. Delicious.

  • March 13, 2013


    That sounds delicious indeed! Thank you very much for sharing! Have a great weekend!
    Mary Ann