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Chicken Soup Recipe

Homemade chicken soup

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.

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.

Chicken Soup Recipe

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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American, North American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 62 kcal


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2593IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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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.

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.

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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