Homemade Chicken Soup

    2 hours 5 min

    How is it that nothing but chicken and vegetables simmered together can be so satisfying?

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    Serves: 10 

    • 1 whole chicken
    • 4 carrots, halved
    • 4 stalks celery, halved
    • 1 large onion, halved
    • water to cover
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr5min 

    1. Place the chicken, carrots, celery and onion in a large soup pot; cover with cold water. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones (skim off foam every so often).
    2. Take everything out of the pot; sieve the stock. Pick the meat off of the bones and chop the carrots, celery and onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return the chicken, carrots, celery and onion to the pot, stir together, and serve.


    This is a great base recipe. Experiment with additions like fresh chopped herbs, pasta or rice, shredded cabbage or butter beans.

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    Something else. Pretty good soup. I used a roasted chicken carcass from our previous nights dinner as I feel it adds more flavour then the uncooked chicken. I also used tinned chicken stock in lieu of the water, along with my usual seasonings.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Your basic chicken soup recipe found in most general cook books. It is the old reliable of chicken soup recipes. I appreciated the hint to cut the carrots, celery and onions in half. I had always cut them up in small pieces, and then when I would seive the stock, it was messy to try to retrieve the cut up veggies to put them back in the soup. This is so much easier! When I seive the stock, I place a piece of kitchen roll in the seive. It makes for a nice clear stock. I also cook some noodles to add to the soup. I do not like to add the noodles directly to the pot of soup, because the noodles will absorb too much of the stock.  -  18 Jul 2008


    super! just like my mum does - a lovely home comfort. i added leeks, sweet potatoe, potatoe, brocolli etc to it towards the end. used the chicken breasts for another meal, and there was still plenty of chicken left in the soup. really lovely!  -  21 Jul 2009