Classic Chicken Soup

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Here is a recipe everyone should have in their kitchen:  Classic Chicken Soup

bowls of Classic Chicken Soup

My kiddo woke up with a sore throat on Saturday morning.  “It hurts a lot, Mom.  But I’m still playing in my lacrosse game today!!”

“Okay,” I said.  “But you’ll play the game and then come home and rest for the remainder of the weekend.”

He did just that.  Scored 3 goals and assisted a few (on a rainy, chilly day).  They won the game, and my lacrosse-obsessed son happily got his fill of playing.  He’s very passionate about lacrosse, so it’s tough for me to take that away… even when the Mother in me says he should sit-it-out and get better instead.  We chilled-out for the rest of the weekend, and he’s feeling a bit better with the exception of a pesky cold.  

Sunday was a day to make my magical, healing, homemade, classic chicken soup.  I love this recipe because it makes use of the entire chicken carcass in the soup, which adds an incredible amount of flavor (as it should) to chicken soup.

Bowl of Classic Chicken Soup

The kiddo is pretty opinionated about how he truly feels about dinner.  He’s not afraid to tell me if he doesn’t care for it, and he’s also willing to share how he thinks I should adapt the recipe to make it better.  With this soup, he was perfectly satisfied.  Completely!  He gobbled up every bit with some King’s Hawaiian rolls for dunking, and I’m happy to have leftovers for a couple of nights to come.

You might notice from the photos that there are no noodles in the soup.  Noodles are completely optional.  Add them, if you’d prefer to have a chicken noodle soup.

Classic Chicken Soup

If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers plan, this soup can count as ZERO Freestyle SmartPoints per serving if you use chopped chicken breast instead of using the whole chicken!

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Classic Chicken Soup

The perfect, simple chicken soup recipe!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 483kcal
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken soup, classic chicken soup


  • 4 to 5 pound whole chicken
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • noodles (optional!)


  • Rinse the chicken and remove the inside parts. Place the chicken in a large stockpot, add the chicken broth, and then add enough water to cover the chicken. Bring the chicken in broth to a boil, if there is visible fat, skim it and discard.  Then add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and parsnip. Simmer until chicken is tender- about 2 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken to a cutting board and let rest until it's cool enough to handle.  Shred the chicken apart, then add back to the soup.  Stir in the parsley and dill. Taste and add salt and pepper.  If you want noodles in the soup, add them to the broth, bring to a boil again and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (or until noodles are tender).


  • If you prepare this recipe using chopped or shredded chicken breast instead of a whole chicken, then this recipe yields ZERO Weight Watchers POINTS for the blue and purple plans and 3 points for green plan (no noodles).


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1628mg | Potassium: 780mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6420IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 0 | Green WW Smartpoints: 3 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 0
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  • Theodore Wells wrote:

    If you take that chicken and roast it ( since it’s going to be boiled too, it needn’t be cooked through) to brown up and add lots of flavor. Cut it in half and flip once when it browns up, you could even do that in a large fry pan. PS remember to pour in the drippings too, you can pull the grease off later.

  • Carrie wrote:

    does this recipe freeze well?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t… I actually put my leftovers in the freezer 🙂 The only thing you’ll probably have to do when you defrost it later is to add a can of chicken broth to it.

  • Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction wrote:

    Your son is lucky to have an understanding Mom.  I bet this soup put him on the path to recovery.

  • Kelly – Life Made Sweeter wrote:

    Nothing beats classic chicken soup. This looks so comforting and delicious! Hope your son is feeling better.

  • La Torontoise wrote:

    It looks like a basic recipe, but so comforting. Love it!

  • La Torontoise wrote:

    I looks like a basic recipe, but so comforting. Love it!

  • Beeta @ Mon Petit Four wrote:

    Mmm chicken soup! Such great comfort food, whether you’re sick or not. This post inspired me to make the soup more often as I tend to only make it when I’m feeling unwell. Thanks Lori! XO

  • Karen @ SugartownSweets wrote:

    First, I’m glad your son (what a trooper to forge ahead and help out his team) is on the mend! Second, chicken soup is a longtime favorite in our house and yours looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for this recipe.   🙂

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    Nothing beats the classic chicken soup. I hope your son is feeling better! 

  • Julia wrote:

    Awwww I hope your son is back in tip top shape and has recovered from his cold. I’m so impressed that he was still able to play hard in his Lacrosse game! There really is a crazy healing power in a big bowl of homemade chicken soup – this looks absolutely perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having lately!

  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek wrote:

    Homemade chicken soup is the answer to not feeling well. It is the ultimate comfort food. Hope he is all better today.

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks wrote:

    There’s nothing like chicken soup made by your mama to make you feel better – and what a great kid he is to hang in there for his team!  Also, how perfect are Hawaiian rolls with soup??  Yum.

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures wrote:

    What a plucky kid! I’m sure this delicious soup helped him feel revived!