Amazing, fill-your-house-with-an-aroma-to-drool-for, easy chicken soup. The longer it cooks, the better it gets. The best is made by my mother, but the rest of us can make this wonderful facsimile. Easily multiplied, exceedingly flexible - have fun! The soup is quite good after 2 hours, but the longer it cooks, the more mellow the flavor will be. If you can, leave it for as many as 6 hours (this is a good recipe when you're in the house all day). Serve with croutons or soup nuts, if desired.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, combine chicken, parsnips, garlic, onions, carrots, zucchini, parsley, celery, potatoes, sweet potato, soup mix, oregano, paprika, water, wine, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 30 minutes, partially covered, then reduce heat to low and simmer another 90 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

210 calories; 4.5 g total fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 218 mg sodium. 26.1 g carbohydrates; 10.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2008
I made this recipe minus the parsely and the vegetable chicken soup mix (not entirely sure what that is) and it was quite amazing. The second time I attempted this recipe I tried it in a Crock pot. Not sure why but it was really horrible. So don't do that. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2011
I used a packet of vegetable soup mix because I couldn't find chicken vegetable but other than that followed the recipe exactly. The smell that filled the house while it was cooking was exceptional. The end product however disappointed. We found the soup broth to be too sweet with a slightly off taste and the veggies too mushy. EDIT: The veggies were still mushy obviously but after a night in the fridge the flavor was much better and the broth did not taste as sweet. It was foolish of me to rate a soup before tasting it the next day since so many soups improve after mellowing overnight. Read More
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130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2008
I made this recipe minus the parsely and the vegetable chicken soup mix (not entirely sure what that is) and it was quite amazing. The second time I attempted this recipe I tried it in a Crock pot. Not sure why but it was really horrible. So don't do that. Read More
(110)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2008
I made this recipe minus the parsely and the vegetable chicken soup mix (not entirely sure what that is) and it was quite amazing. The second time I attempted this recipe I tried it in a Crock pot. Not sure why but it was really horrible. So don't do that. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2009
I've made this soup a few times and the broth is amazing. My only complaint would be that the starchy vegetables break down into mush after it's been cooking for awhile and stirred often. If I made it again I'd cut back on the starch and add more carrots celery and harder veggies. I'd also cut back a little bit on the amount of veggies to make it more brothy. Super tasty recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2005
This soup is a nice healthy treat but I admit I liked it a little better with a some sour cream and cheese on top. It turned out very thick hardly soupy at all and that was even after I added a couple cups of chicken broth. If you like soupy soup you'll need to add a lot more liquid. I couldn't find a half chicken so I just used separate pieces (a breast a thigh and a couple of legs). Once the chicken was cooked and nice and tender I used tongs to take the meat off the bone. My husband would have freaked out if he'd come across a bone in his soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
I am used to having chicken soup with just the basics carrots celery noodles and chicken so I was a little leary on trying this with so many ingredients. I have to say that it is absolutely wonderful and the best chicken soup I have had. I didn't have any zucchini so I just omitted that. I added a little more water than the recipe called for after reading the reviews and I added some chicken broth. Definately adding this recipe to my favorites. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2008
This is the best chicken soup I have ever had. I admit that I played with the ingredients quite a bit changing up the vegetables to what I had but the base of this soup is so excellent that it seems you can do what you like. I made it with sweet potatoes zucchini potatoes mushrooms spinach and added some thin egg noodles. It was delicious. I added an extra 2 cups of water and cooked the egg noodles separately (other reviewers mentioned it wasn't soupy enough). Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
MMMMMM...have a pot on now that has been simmering for a few hours. It is fantastic...I am going to add some farfalle the last hour I cook it just because we like it.It is a very flexible recipe but I think the ingredients called for are the basics you should try and use them then just add from there though our little country store didnt have parsnips I had to do without. Cant say enough about how great this is!I did buy a good white wine...1/2 bottle in the soup and 1/2 bottle for myself. Thanks to you and your mom Miriam! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2005
Started this at 11:30 am for dinner....wow the house was rich with the wonderful smells of this soup! Used chicken legs instead of half a chicken. I had everything on hand but the parsnips can't wait to try it with them. Thank you for a soup that will be a regular at our house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
This is without doubt the best chicken soup I have ever made (or eaten). Really delicious will be added to the family's mainstays. Thank You! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2005
I used a turkey leg to make it easier on myself and browned it with onion first before putting it in a slow cooker. I added the zucchini in the last two hours but it still came out a bit mushy so I think I'll only cook it for one hour on low next time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2011
I used a packet of vegetable soup mix because I couldn't find chicken vegetable but other than that followed the recipe exactly. The smell that filled the house while it was cooking was exceptional. The end product however disappointed. We found the soup broth to be too sweet with a slightly off taste and the veggies too mushy. EDIT: The veggies were still mushy obviously but after a night in the fridge the flavor was much better and the broth did not taste as sweet. It was foolish of me to rate a soup before tasting it the next day since so many soups improve after mellowing overnight. Read More
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