Homemade Chicken Soup


This homemade chicken soup recipe is well worth making — it's good for the body and the soul. How is it that plain chicken and vegetables simmered together can taste so satisfying? You don't have to be sick to deserve to enjoy it!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins

This homemade chicken soup recipe will fill your stomach and soothe your soul.

Chicken Soup Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you'll need for this chicken soup recipe:

· Chicken: This homemade chicken soup starts with a 3-pound whole chicken.
· Vegetables: You'll need carrots, celery, and an onion.
· Seasonings: Simply season the soup with salt, pepper, and chicken bouillon granules (if you want).

How to Make Chicken Soup

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this easy chicken soup:

1. Make the stock by boiling the chicken and veggies until the meat is falling off the bone.
2. Remove the chicken and cut into pieces (discard skin and bones).
3. Strain the vegetables (reserving the stock) and cut into pieces. Rinse the pot.
4. Return everything to the pot. Heat the soup through and season to taste.

Optional: If you want chicken noodle soup, add cooked noodles to the pot just before serving.

How to Store Chicken Soup

Allow the chicken soup to cool, then transfer it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for three to four days. Reheat thoroughly in the microwave or on the stove.

Can You Freeze Chicken Soup?

Yes! You can freeze chicken soup for up to six months. Pour serving-sized portions of the cooled soup into freezer bags labeled with the date. Leave a little room at the top to allow for expansion, then squeeze out the excess air and freeze flat. Reheat on the stove.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was THE best recipe and so easy to make," says Kathleen Stahl. "I made a double batch and used some of the chicken and broth to make a homemade chicken pot pie and it was so yummy!"

"It turned out flavorful and delicious," says Maryjo Ellen. "The only changes I made was adding chicken broth and I used extra bouillon."

"Wonderful soup," according to Laurie Varner. "I also cooked orzo pasta separately and added it to the soup. You can also sprinkle some Parmesan cheese too!

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 4 carrots, halved

  • 4 stalks celery, halved

  • 1 large onion, halved

  • water to cover

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules (Optional)


  1. Place chicken, carrots, celery, and onion in a large soup pot; add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until meat falls off of the bone, about 90 minutes. Skim off foam every so often, as needed.

  2. Remove chicken from the pot and let sit until cool enough to handle; chop meat into pieces, and discard skin and bones.

  3. Strain out vegetables, reserving the stock; rinse the soup pot and return the stock to the pot. Chop vegetables into smaller pieces; return chopped chicken and vegetables to the pot.

  4. Warm soup until heated through; season with salt, pepper, and chicken bouillon to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
9g Fat
4g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 227mg 5%

* 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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