The Best Chicken Soup Ever


This chicken soup is what my grandmother would make when we didn't feel well. I have doctored it up a bit.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken

  • 10 cups water, or as needed to cover

  • 3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped

  • 1 pound baby carrots

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled

  • 1 packet chicken noodle soup mix

  • 5 black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 pinch dried thyme

  • 1 pinch poultry seasoning

  • 1 pinch dried basil

  • 1 pinch dried parsley

  • 1 (8 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta


  1. Place chicken into a large pot; cover with water. Add celery leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove chicken from the pot and place in a bowl until cool enough to handle.

  2. Meanwhile, strain cooking liquid, discard celery leaves, and return cooking liquid to the pot. Place celery, carrots, onion, chicken broth, bouillon, and soup mix into the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Season with peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, poultry seasoning, basil, and parsley.

  3. Bone chicken; cut meat into bite-sized pieces. Add meat to the pot. Simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended, about 90 minutes.

  4. Stir pasta into the pot; cook until noodles are al dente, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

487 Calories
23g Fat
35g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 487
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 761mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 584mg 12%

* 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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