Hearty Chicken Soup


This soup contains a few different textures and flavors that complement each other nicely. Serve with warm crusty bread!

6 servings


  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken

  • 5 carrots, chopped

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, with leaves, minced

  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 (15 ounce) can sweet corn

  • ¾ cup barley


  1. Clean chicken thoroughly in fresh, cold running water and remove giblets. Remove as much excess skin from bird as possible and discard. With the force of your hands, add pressure to the back bone of the chicken to crush the bones. If you crack the legs at the joints it will release the cartilage which will add more flavor to the soup. Place crushed chicken and giblets into a large stock pot.

  2. Using a food processor, grate 2 carrots, 1 onion, and all of the celery. Add to stock pot and cover chicken with water. Place the remaining carrots and onions that were not grated, bouillon cubes and red bell pepper into the pot. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes and then simmer for one hour.

  3. Add barley and continue to cook for another hour.

  4. Remove from heat and carefully remove the chicken and giblets from the pot; placing them into a large, clean shallow bowl. Pull the meat from the chicken and dice. Return chicken meat to pot and add sweet corn. Can be served immediately or refrigerated or frozen for later use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

419 Calories
15g Fat
41g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 419
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 720mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 32mg 161%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 691mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.