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Classic Chicken Soup

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

Classic Chicken Soup recipe from

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.

Classic Chicken Soup recipe from

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.

Yield: About 6 bowls

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Classic Chicken Soup

Back to basics with this simple, classic chicken soup recipe.


  • 4 to 5 pound whole chicken
  • 4 to 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, 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 black pepper
  • noodles, optional!


  1. 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.
  2. 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 Freestyle SmartPoints (no noodles!)

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  1. postedJan 13, 2016 5:40 AM
    Theodore Wells

    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.

  2. postedApr 30, 2015 10:56 AM

    does this recipe freeze well?

    • postedApr 30, 2015 11:06 AM

      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.

  3. postedApr 29, 2015 7:45 PM

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

  4. postedApr 28, 2015 5:35 AM

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

  5. postedApr 28, 2015 2:16 AM
    La Torontoise

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

  6. postedApr 28, 2015 2:15 AM
    La Torontoise

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

  7. postedApr 27, 2015 12:51 PM

    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

  8. postedApr 27, 2015 9:44 AM

    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.   🙂

  9. postedApr 27, 2015 7:15 AM

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

  10. postedApr 27, 2015 6:51 AM

    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!

  11. postedApr 27, 2015 6:08 AM

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

  12. postedApr 27, 2015 5:11 AM

    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.

  13. postedApr 27, 2015 4:36 AM

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

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