Delicious herbs fill the matzo balls with great flavor, and the long-simmered soup is so good. If you make it in a pressure cooker, the chicken soup can be ready in 45 minutes.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Chicken Soup:
For the Matzo Balls:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To make the soup on the stovetop, combine chicken, onions, celery, carrots, dill, bay leaf, and 3 quarts water in a large pot. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, partially covered, for at least five hours. Skim the surface of the soup occasionally to remove any foam that develops.

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  • Remove the chicken and vegetables from the broth; discard vegetables. Strain the broth, cool, and refrigerate overnight. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the chicken meat from the bones, and chop or shred the meat; cover and refrigerate.

  • To make the soup in a pressure cooker, add chicken, onions, celery, carrots, dill, bay leaf, and water to the pressure cooker as directed in step 1, seal the pressure cooker, and bring it up to full pressure. Reduce the heat, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to drop naturally. Remove chicken and vegetables from broth. Strain the broth; discard vegetables. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove chicken meat from bones as directed in step 2.

  • Combine vegetable oil, eggs, basil, parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and black pepper in a bowl; mix well. Stir in the matzo meal, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour.

  • Bring at least 3 quarts of water, or as needed, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a large pot. Using wet hands, gently shape the matzo mixture into balls about 2 inches across and drop them in the boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Skim the fat off the chilled chicken broth and place broth in a pot over medium heat. Add salt to taste and the reserved cooked chicken, if desired (see Cook's Note). Transfer the cooked matzo balls to the chicken soup and heat to serve.

Cook's Note:

You may use any finely chopped herbs you like in the matzo balls: basil, parsley, dill, rosemary, and/or sage.

Add the cooked chicken to the soup, if desired (or you can use it to make chicken salad).

Nutrition Facts

510.7 calories; protein 18.6g 37% DV; carbohydrates 18.2g 6% DV; fat 40.7g 63% DV; cholesterol 147.9mg 49% DV; sodium 860.1mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2012
Exactly what I was looking for! I omitted the dill due to allergies. I simmered my matzo balls for 10 minutes then pulled them out and let them finish cooking in the soup to let them absorb some of the flavors. Don't change a thing otherwise! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2017
This was a good base but required a lot of additional spices to have any flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2012
Exactly what I was looking for! I omitted the dill due to allergies. I simmered my matzo balls for 10 minutes then pulled them out and let them finish cooking in the soup to let them absorb some of the flavors. Don't change a thing otherwise! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
Awesome flavourful recipe. Matzo balls are amazing and the broth turned out well too although I left out the dill. Definitely in the regular rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2012
I only used the matzo ball portion of this recipe as I used my own soup recipe but wow! My picky family LOVED it:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2016
Totally AWSOME!!! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2015
My family loved the soup. Their only comment was that it needed more salt. We used parmesan cheese to make.up for the salt and will add parmesan to matza ball mixture. I made the soup in pressure cooker and cut up the very tender veggies for soup. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2017
Made some minor changes due to food sensitivities but it was still delicious! Added lemon juice to coconut milk instead of buttermilk used gluten free bread crumbs instead of A/P flour and cooked in coconut oil. Since my chicken breasts were so thick I finished them off in the oven to not burn. Turned out great. Very flavorful and moist. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2017
This was a good base but required a lot of additional spices to have any flavor. Read More