Persian Chicken Meatball Soup

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Soups and Stews

Soups and Stews

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

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At the heart of this intriguing Persian-style chicken soup is a dumpling made of ground meat and chickpea flour. Gundi is as important to the Sephardic Jewish culinary culture of Iran as matzo ball soup is to the Ashkenazic kitchen of eastern and central Europe.


  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 lb. chicken wings
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 3 tbsp. oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Season wings with salt and pepper and cook, flipping once, until browned, about 13 minutes. Stir in carrots, coarsely chopped onions, and garlic and cook until vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add stock, bay leaf, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until stock is slightly reduced, abou