Chicken Soup Recipe

Chicken Soup Recipe
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  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 2:000 h
  • Ready In : 2:15 h

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Calories from Fat

  • Total Fat

    2.3 g
  • Saturated Fat

    0.6 g
  • Trans Fat

    0.0 g
  • Cholesterol

    40 mg
  • Sodium

    348 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates

    12.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber

    1.1 g
  • Sugars

    1.6 g
  • Protein

    16.4 g
  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Calcium

  • Iron

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Everyone loves a homemade turkey or chicken soup recipe.

Whether it’s to warm up your insides on a cold day, help cure the common cold or provide a welcome steaming bowl of comfort, chicken or turkey soup fills the bill.

There are a surprising number of ways to flavor this chicken soup and I have suggested several variations below the basic recipe.

Homemade Turkey or Chicken Soup Recipe

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  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • leftover chicken or turkey carcass or 3 pounds of chicken pieces
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup rice or 2 cups noodles


Step 1

Heat oil in large pot. Place chopped onion, celery and carrots into pot and fry gently for about 5 minutes, until they are soft but not carmelized.

Step 2

Add chicken or turkey carcass or pieces and bay leaf. Add water to cover, about 2 quarts, but this varies with the size of the carcass or amount of meat you use. Just make sure it is covered.

Step 3

Add salt to taste. Boil for 2 hours, checking near the end of the cooking time to see if you need more salt. Add pepper at that time.

Step 4

Remove meat and bones. Add rice or noodles and cook for about 20 minutes more. Cut cooled meat into small pieces and add back to the pot.

Tips and Variations:

  • For chicken broth: Do not add rice or noodles. Strain out all the vegetables and meat. Try freezing it in ice cube trays. Just take out the number of cubes you need for a recipe and it is ready to go.
  • To make this a gluten free soup add rice or another gluten free grain instead of noodles. You can also add potatoes. Add 2 or 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped, instead of the rice or noodles.
  • Try adding 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme to the basic chicken soup recipe for added flavor.
  • To kick it up a notch, grate fresh ginger into the soup near the end of the cooking time. Omit the pepper.
  • Add a bouquet garni of fresh herbs to the pot. Try a mix of fresh thyme, the 2 bay leaves from the basic recipe, 2-3 cloves of garlic and a handful of Italian flat leaf parsley tied together in a bit of cheesecloth. Discard after cooking.
  • For a different but delicious flavor sensation add 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar (yes – vinegar!) and 4 or 5 sprigs of fresh flat leaf parsley to the basic chicken soup recipe. This gives a lovely fresh flavor to the broth.
  • If you want to significantly lower the fat content of the soup, chill it before serving. The fat will solidify on the top and you can skim it off with a spoon. When you heat it, the soup will be almost fat free.

Did You Know?…

As you can see above you can vary the starch you add to turn this into a great chicken noodle soup recipe, a chicken rice soup or chicken soup with potatoes.

I keep interchanging chicken and turkey because the same recipe is used to make turkey soup. Just substitute a turkey carcass for the chicken.

And don’t forget the basics – this chicken soup recipe without the noodles or rice and strained of all the vegetables is a versatile chicken broth that can be used to add flavor in hundreds of recipes.

This is a gluten free recipe if you make the soup with either rice or potatoes instead of noodles. To make it a low carb recipe, simply leave out any of the starches, rice, potatoes or noodles. It is a very healthy diabetic recipe.

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