Split Pea and Chicken Soup

by Erica Dinho on October 7, 2009

Sopa alverjitaThis soup was one of the recipes I made for my sister, Catalina, when she came to visit a couple of weeks ago. We hated soups as kids yet my mom loved to make them, so we had are daily lunch time soup battles with my mother :). Now we love soups, so I made this delicious split pea and chicken soup for her. She appreciated every one of the dishes I cooked, so it was a pleasure to feed her and have her staying in my home. Usually this soup is thicker, but this time I wanted to make it thinner and it was delicious.

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(4 Servings)

  • 1 cup dried split peas
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place the peas in a large pot, cover with water and soak overnight. Drain the peas and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the carrots and scallions. Cook stirring, until just soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown. Add the drained peas, salt, pepper, and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock, the ground cumin and paprika. Cook stirring occasionally for 30 minutes, add the potatoes and cilantro. Cook for 30 more minutes or until the peas are tender, about 1 hour. (Add more water or chicken stock as needed if the soup becomes too thick.)
  5. Remove the skin and debone it, breaking the meat into bite sized pieces, and return the meat to the soup. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  6. Tasty-2
  7. I want to thank Diana from A little Bit of Spain in Iowa for the Tasty award.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Empar October 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Realmente es apetitosa y la fotografía te ha quedado Fabulosa.
Un beso.


2 KennyT October 7, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I can smell autumn!


3 Oysterculture October 7, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Oh my, I love split pea soup and this looks like heaven!


4 Erica October 7, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


5 Gera @ SweetsFoods October 7, 2009 at 6:11 PM

A very satisfying soup..ideal for these cold days here :)




6 Atreyee October 7, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Can you make anything that I won’t like? gorgeous :)


7 rebecca subbiah October 7, 2009 at 9:03 PM

you so deserve this award oh and the waitress in Davids cafe in Miami was Columbian I wrote down your blog for her lol


8 Lynda October 7, 2009 at 9:37 PM

This soup looks delicious… love the flavor combo and it’s perfect for our cooler weather!


9 Erica October 8, 2009 at 6:52 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


10 Simply Life October 8, 2009 at 7:28 AM

Oh this soup sounds great!


11 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 8, 2009 at 8:31 AM

The split pea soup looks and sounds just wonderful!


12 Lisa October 8, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Now that’s a combination I never would have come up with on my own. I make soup every Sunday for home and for my husband to take to work and I’m going to give this a go.


13 girlichef October 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Love it!!! I completely and totally LOVE soup…this one looks fabulous :D


14 Lula October 10, 2009 at 2:15 AM

MMMM, voy a hacer esta sopita, que me parece perfecta para el frio.
Saludos de Alemania.


15 Felisha October 11, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Looks delish. Will give it a try! :)


16 Kent October 13, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Chicken Soup is one of my favorite dishes of all time. it is very tasty and the ingredients are very available. sometimes i put a dash of chili over my chicken soup because i like it spicy hot.


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