Classic Chicken Soup Recipe: This Soothing Homemade Chicken Soup Is Just What the Doctor Ordered by Elisa Schmitz

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2 years ago

Who makes homemade chicken soup anymore, right? You will, after you try this super easy chicken soup recipe that your whole family will love. It's so simple, you'll forget about the canned soup version. 

Chicken soup is just so good for you. Whether soothing someone who is sick or just when you crave healthy comfort food, this hearty chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8


For initial chicken preparation:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 stalks fresh celery, cut up
  • 1 large carrot, cut up (or 5 to 6 baby carrots)
  • 1/2 of a large onion, cut up
  • bay leaf
  • salt, pepper and seasonings of your choice

For vegetables to be added into soup:

  • 1/2 of a large onion, chopped
  • 4 - 6 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 - 6 large carrots, chopped (or as many chopped baby carrots as you like)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil

Here's how to make it:

In a large stock pot, cover one whole fresh chicken with water. To the pot, add initial celery, carrot, onion, bay leaf, salt, pepper and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from liquid and set aside to cool. De-bone the chicken, tear into bite-sized pieces and put back into liquid.

In a large sauté pan, add 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the additional onion, celery and carrots and sauté until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. (Feel free to add other vegetables you like, such a broccoli or potatoes.) Add the cooked vegetables to the liquid. That's it. Soup's on!

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Donna John
I love making homemade chicken soup. I add a crazy amount of vegetables to mine: broccoli, new potatoes, celery, carrots, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, mushrooms. I especially love the broccoli in it because it breaks apart and gives the soup a beautiful color.
Elisa Schmitz
I love adding whatever vegetables I have in the fridge to my chicken soup, Donna John ! This recipe was given to me by the amazing Jan Mostrom . A great starting point for more, or awesome as it is. Your choice! So good!!
Homemade chicken soup is the absolute best thing. So good for you, too. 🙏🏼

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