Best Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Corn Soup


This delicious chicken corn soup is a Dutch favorite complete with rivels (little dumplings). Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

close up view of Chicken Corn Soup in a pot
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs


  • 2 (3 pound) whole chickens, cut into pieces

  • 3 quarts water

  • 3 onions, minced

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 2 ½ tablespoons salt

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 10 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from cob

  • 3 eggs, divided

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup milk


  1. Combine chicken, water, onions, celery, salt, nutmeg, and pepper in a large stockpot over medium heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, adding water as needed, until chicken is very tender, about 2 hours.

  2. Transfer chicken to a deep dish; pour soup into a large jug or bowl. Cover and refrigerate chicken and soup for 6 to 8 hours.

  3. Remove and discard the layer of fat that has solidified on the surface of soup. Transfer soup into a large pot over medium heat; stir in corn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until corn is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, place 2 of the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel, and chop. Set aside.

  5. Chop chilled chicken meat into small chunks; stir into soup.

  6. Beat remaining egg in a medium bowl until light in color. Beat in flour and milk until smooth. Drop pea-sized lumps of rivel dough into the soup, a few at a time, to make small dumplings. Cook, stirring constantly, until dumplings hold their shape and float to the surface, 2 to 5 minutes. Stir in chopped egg.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

437 Calories
19g Fat
31g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 437
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 1576mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 487mg 10%

* 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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