Chicken Soup with Cabbage


This chicken cabbage soup will cure whatever ails you, even if it's just hunger. I've been making this healthy, low-carb recipe for 30 years. This is about as good as it gets. Enjoy with freshly baked biscuits on a rainy day.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


  • 6 quarts water, divided

  • 1 whole chicken, giblets removed

  • 5 carrots, chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cups chopped cabbage

  • ¼ cup white wine (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

  • 2 tablespoons dried dill weed

  • 1 tablespoon butter, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground white pepper

  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Fill a large pot with 4 quarts water. Add chicken; bring to a boil. Cook until chicken meat easily falls off the bone, about 45 minutes. Remove chicken to a platter and cover with plastic wrap. Cover the pot with a lid. Refrigerate chicken and broth until chicken is cool enough to handle, about 40 minutes.

  2. Remove meat from chicken bones; set aside. Skim excess fat off the top of cooled broth.

  3. Add remaining 2 quarts water, chicken meat, carrots, celery, onion, cabbage, wine, bouillon, dill, butter, parsley, thyme, garlic, white pepper, and bay leaves to broth in the pot. Cook over medium heat until vegetables have softened, about 30 minutes.


You can use a cooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery store to save time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
27g Fat
7g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 322mg 7%

* 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.

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