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chicken soup with kreplach

These delicious filled dumplings are tasty and a little chewy. When boiled, they are pale in color. Fried, they take on a golden hue. Either way they are delicious in soup or as a snack unto themselves.
Course Soup
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes
Servings 6 servings


For the Kreplach

  • 3 eggs divided 2 for the dough, 1 for the filling
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4+ cup water
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chicken fat or oil
  • 1/2 lb. Kosher ground beef or brisket meat, chopped very fine.
  • 1 small white onion, chopped very fine

For the Chicken Soup

  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 large Kosher chicken
  • 1 large leek, trimmed and washed throughly
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 bunch, curly parsley
  • 1/2 bunch dill
  • 1 turnip, peeled
  • 1 parsnip, peeled
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper to taste


Make the Kreplach

  1. In a large bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs and add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 cup water. Slowly add the flour and mix gently, kneading as you go. Dough should be smooth, but not too dry. Add a little water if needed. Let rest in bowl, uncovered, for 30 minutes. While the dough is resting prepare the filling.
  2. If using cooked brisket, just fill the dough with 1 tbsp. of brisket. Fold over the shape and press the edges down. If using uncooked brisket or uncooked ground beef, do the following: Heat chicken fat (or oil) in a large skillet and add the onions, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper. In a medium bowl, mix the beef with the egg and add to the skillet. Cook until meat is fully cooked. Let the meat mixture cool before filling the dough.
  3. On a floured board, roll out the dough. Cut into 3 inch squares or circles, using a drinking glass or biscuit cutter, or cut into triangles. Fill each shape with 1 tbsp. of the meat mixture and cover each by pulling the dough over the filling and pressing down on the edges.
  4. After filling the dough, let the kreplach dry on a plate or paper towels for about 1 hour. Boil water and add a little salt. Add the kreplach and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. When finished cooking, these can be added to soup or fried in vegetable oil to a golden color.

Make the Chicken Soup

  1. Clean the inside and the outside of the chicken and pat dry. Place the chicken in a large soup pot. Add 4 quarts of cold water. Bring to a boil. Skim off any of the scum. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, except for the parsley and dill.
  2. Cover the pot and cook for about 1 hour on medium to low heat. Stir occasionally. Meanwhile, wash and shake dry the parsley and dill. Tie the two bunches together using butcher's twine. Set aside.
  3. After the hour of cooking, add the parsley and dill. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes more. When done, place the parsley and dill in a deep serving bowl. Add the rest of the veggies to the bowl.
  4. Remove the chicken to a separate dish. In each soup blow place 2 kreplach and ladle in some soup, and serve. Serve reserved veggies on the side.

Recipe Notes

Note:  This dough can also be used for making noodles. Simply roll out the dough on a floured board (roll thin). Roll the dough up like a jelly roll and thinly sliced into noodles. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles for 5 minutes (check for doneness) at 5 minutes. You can cook longer as per your desired tates.