Reviews for Homemade Chicken Soup
This was my 1st attempt at chicken soup. I was very happy with the end result. I also altered the recipe. I disregarded the vegetables after cooking the chicken and added fresh ones later. Also added 4 gloves of garlic. I took the advise of another reviewer and added 4 packets of goya chicken bouillon . I added peas also. The house smells like my moms! It's a very windy day here. So, this is a perfect dinner for us tonight!
| agree with most of the others-good basic recipe which you can tweak to make your own. I added a few whole peeled garlic cloves at the start to make the stock and put in lots of carrots, celery, and onion later. I added boullion as well as some crushed red pepper, Tony's creole seasoning, and parsley near the end of the cooking time and cooked some pasta seperately and added before serving. To change it up, try adding some lemon juice, a dollop of sour cream, fresh grated parmesean cheese, or all three to individual servings. Mmmmm.....
Definitely will make again. I added the onions, carrots and celery after the chicken had boiled for 60 or so minutes. Veggies get too soggy if you throw them in right away. ( Of course, I was using an un cooked bird, which takes a good 90 minutes) Added bay leaf, egg noodles and thyme, used a healthy amount of kosher salt and strained through a strainer with paper towels for a much cleaner broth. I think a green garnish like chives would add to the beauty of this soup. Enjoy
Easy recipe, although I had to doctor it up to give the broth flavor. I added sage, thyme, rosemary, a lot of salt and a few garlic cloves. Then it was delicious!
Simple and tasty. Good when you are feeling under the weather.
This was very good, but it needed 'something.' I added garlic to it and it tasted great. I will definitely make again. Thanks for the great recipe.
This is the best recipe for chicken soup that I've used. I did increase the bouillon a little and add a little bit of garlic powder. I also added some cooked rice. My whole family really enjoyed this soup.
Easy and delicious!
I'd been craving homemade chicken soup for a week. My family loved this recipe. It was bland to me, until I added several spices to it.
This was the best chicken soup I have ever had! I will be making this over and over! I did not have a whole chicken in the house so used thighs. My husband raved about how tender and moist the chicken was. Can't wait to make it again and add hearty greens.
Added Corn & Spinach
Basic recipe for beginner chefs. I like to saute my carrots and celery before putting in soup, it locks in some of flavor and prevents them from becoming too mushy. Also a couple of crushed cloves of garlic is good. Also, you can make this basic recipe with any ethnic twist. Indian style, add a little curry powder. Italian, add basil oregano and sprinkle with grated parmesan. Mexican, add a container of salsa. Greek, add spinach and squeeze lemon. Have fun!
Great recipe. I add lemon juice and noodles.
Excellent recipe.Let sit overnight for a richer taste.
I'd suggest adding lots of garlic and cayenne (if sick) and a bouquet garni (thyme, bay, sage, parsley). I also added fresh-grown summer savory just for fun since I had no marjoram. Oregano would work as well. But, I know, you don't want to add too many herbs or the flavors get a little too "complex" or overdone.
Love the soup, but I find it better with parsnips and noodles.
Added some dill. Crazy delicious.
I added potatoes and some pasta towards the end. I made the recipe as is only did not use the vegetables that I used in the stock. Instead I sauteed carrots, onions, and chopped celery together and added it to the seasoned stock when I started my soup.I am not a fan of overcooked veggies. It was wonderful.
I am an extremely beginner cook and this recipe turned out great for me! I was only making it for myself, so I used a boneless, skinless chicken breast, and I added powdered chicken bouillon, which I found necessary, as the broth alone was a little bland. I added barley on a whim. It tasted wonderful and made it more filling. Definite do again! Thank you!
It was wonderful and easy, just a bit time consuming but delicious! I love it! I did add 3 bouillon cubes though, it was a bit too bland for me.
Easy Peasy and tasted SO SO good. I add Dill and Chicken Broth to mine but otherwise stick to this recipe and you can't go wrong!. Chicken Soup for the Soul!! :))
Nice basic recipe. For a rich color, I cook it with onion skins. Yellow onion skins for a light brown or add red onion skins for a very dark broth. Just discard after straining broth.
Good basic recipe. Someone mentioned bouillon not being homemade. I think that it still is considered a spice and I love the taste it adds. But if you don't want to add that, I like adding a little bit of tomato sauce in mine. I make mine with carrots, corn (cut in 3's), potatoes (just 1 usually ), cabbage, garlic, onion, and squash. Very tasty! But I think all chicken soup is :)
I’ve made this soup once before with my left over turkey fron Thanksgivig. Made it again this week, I added noodles and I would make it again for sure.
love this soup. I add a chunk of ginger root (scored with a fork) and some fresh dill. YUM! Sometimes I add some pureed squash, cauliflower or sweet potatoes for my pickier eaters. i don't boil the veggies with chicken bone, I like to skim off the fat first.
I never made chicken soup before. This was just what I was looking for,a basic soup recipe. It came out so good. I did add a potato and some different veggies as I do not like celery (I added red/green pepper)but that was all and it came out perfect! Thanks :)
Great simple recipe to start with and I look forward to playing with it. I added potato because I had it on hand. Everyone liked it, it was cheap and there was not much cleaning up to do afterward. Very nice recipe for traveling abroad as most of the ingredients are readily available in many cities if you enjoy cooking for others while traveling.
So good!! The broth is the best part. I added more chopeed vaggies after I sifted out the bones and a few egg noodles.
Very good, recipe for chicken soup. It's basic enough that you can add your own variations to the recipe. I made it for my boyfriend when he was sick with a nasty cold. (I actually added a bit of cayenne pepper to give it a kick.) He claims it was just what he needed. :)
Delicious and simple. Perfect on a cold day.
This recipe was an excellent basic recipe for chicken soup and allowed for a lot of flexibility -- my favourite type of recipe. I used a leftover chicken carcass from a previous meal and used chicken broth instead of bullion. I also added a couple bay leaves, parsley, onion powder and some cumin as others suggested and finished it off with some noodles (cooked separately). I used new carrots and celery after straining for fuller flavour. Thanks everyone! This is my first time making chicken soup and it was fantastic.
Thank you for posting. This is exactly what I needed to get me started.
This was delicious. I did alter the recipe a bit by adding 2 medium sized potatoes, diced and some egg noodles. The family ask that I keep the recipe and make it more often. My wife took some to the inlaws and they to loved it and asked me to make sure to send them some more the next time I make it. Also love that it is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.
Pretty much the way I make soup. May I suggest adding the center tender stalks AND the leaves. The leaves add so much more flavor. Also if you wait until the next day to serve this you can lift the solidified fat off the top of soup before you reheat it.
I tried it and it was delicious. I need to tweak it a bit, but will try it again.
This is definitely the most easiest homemade chicken soup! This soup reminds me of how my grandmother would make it. I did add 2 crushed chicken bouillon cubes and about 30 minutes before it was done, I added some potatoes. YUM! This is a keeper!
Simple and delicious. I added chicken bone broth along with my chicken because I only had deboned chicken breast. I added tricolor carrots and a sweet potato the firm kind, with the pale flesh. Everything else the same.
I've used this recipe several times. Only I buy a rotisserie chicken, remove the skin and bones, and throw it in to expedite the cook time for weeknight meals. I use chicken and vegetable broth for ease, and I also like to throw in whole peppercorns as well as crushed.
I'm giving this a 3 because in my humble opinion homemade doesn't involve the use of chicken bouillon and that's what I was looking for. I think if you add enough herbs when you're boiling down the broth and later to your soup you won't need manufactured bouillon, that's what I did using this as a basic recipe minus the bouillon. I threw some sage, rosemary, bay leaf, thyme, (dill I think?) whole peppercorns...anything I could think of that goes with chicken into the broth when I boiled it. I didn't take everything out of the pan before straining, I just dumped the broth and all over a colander and strained it into a big bowl that way. Picking out pieces of chicken right from the colander. I too used fresh veggies in the final soup. Then I threw in all the other herbs I mentioned before and added salt only to taste. Next time I'm going to throw in a little bit of raw brown rice too.
AWESOME! I can't believe I made such a delicious soup!
Very easy to make especially when I'm not feeling well! I used drumsticks instead of a whole chicken and found it very easy to de-bone them.
For years I have been making very complex chicken soups. However, I wanted a plain, ol' comfort food recipe and this fit the bill completely. I like a little more oomph with my spices so I added a layer of Ruth Ann's Muskego Ave Seasoning from Penzey's and it was awesome!! This is a great recipe!
Easy as can be and very tasty. I made a few changes(more types of veggies etc) but for the most part I did as was recommended and it came out great!
Boil your chicken;remove; when you put the meat and bones back in, then add your veggies.
Simple recipe. Came out great. Nice basic flavor. I cooked a four pound chicken for two hours, not one as suggested, and I added very fine egg noodles as a finishing touch. Everyone in the family loved it. Will definitely make again.
I used Jill's basic recipe then I used KATEFOODFUN's suggestion to use fresh veggies. I also added a little parsley and oregano. I used angel hair pasta for the noodles. I added a little to much pasta but, to me that's the best part.
I used the carcass from last nights chicken dinner instead of the whole chicken. Added some dried parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper corns, and a bay leaf at the beginning of the cooking. After straining the veg. and deboning the chicken, put everything back in the pot, minus the pepper corns, added 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder, and 1/3 Cup rice, or pearled barley, some salt & pepper. Cooked for 20 more minutes. Tasted and adjusted for salt & pepper. It's a Keepa!
Great recipe...needs no changes!
As written I can only give this 2 stars. The broth started off decent but where are the herbs? Bay leaf? With that set aside, the veggies are complete mush and deprived of texture and need discarded and started all over for your soup. Chicken soup is an understatement. As written, that is all you have really. Chicken drowned in under-seasoned broth. This recipe is in dire need of tweaking. I made it work in the end but will not go into every single detail. What I will say is to discard the spent veggies (they were only there to flavor your broth) add fresh, add herbs, save half of your chicken for another use, and add some sort of noodles for depth so that you are getting more than just broth and chicken. Sorry but I won't make this one again.
This was THE best recipe and so easy to make! 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! Making it again but going to freeze half. I won't put the noodles in until I am getting ready to serve it! Thank you!
Thank you for this recipe. I'm making soup for an ill friend who doesn't need any further additions. Bless you.
Easy recipe. Easy to make your own adjustments. Made this with rosemary and parsley and it was really tasty. Will be making this again.
Make it when have a cold or flu. It always makes me feel better. I also add some cabbage and parsley or basil oregano.
Excellent homemade soup recipe. I used chicken breast I had already cooked. I added it to the soup once the vegetables were cooked, to avoid over cooking the chicken. Stores well in the freezer. Great meal on a cold day.
This soup is too good to be true. Yummy plus you don’t get that chicken smell in it. I did not have celery and the chicken Bourbulin cubes. So I added the celery salt at the end with pepper and black salt. Delicious.
I really wanted to love this recipe, based on the scores of reviews I read. I don't want to trash it because so many others enjoyed it, but I thought made as directed, this soup was like dish water. I did not use the veggies because after boiling for so long, they were very unappetizing, so I substituted fresh veggies. No lie, I added lots of other seasonings, including four boullion cubes and two packets of Goya poultry boullion. I kept adjusting after each addition until I got the taste I wanted. In addition, I added about 1/3 c. flour mixed with 3/4 cold water. (Shake well until completely blended, then add to soup to thicken - my mother always added a flour mixture to her chicken noodle soup.) After that, I reduced the soup for added flavor. Boiled egg noodles separately and added to the soup. When it was done, it was very good, but the finished version was a long ways from the original recipe. Good base, but I think this is just a starting point to anything remotely palatable.
I add a little white wine, garlic, and thyme, as well as salt and pepper to taste. I used a previously roasted chicken, pulled off the meat and put the bones and skin in cheesecloth, because I have texture issues, but I wanted the flavor. I have also added milk (coconut or almond works) to give it more of a stew feeling in the past. Perfect recipe for cold days, picky eaters, and special diets.
Made this using bone in chicken breasts. Followed the recipe as written except for the following additions. Some poultry seasoning, 1 cup of long grain rice for more bulk, and a can of Cream of Chicken soup for a richer taste. Trying my second time now using a whole 6 lb chicken. Doubling up everything so we will have lots to freeze for later dinners.
Turned out so good! Can’t believe I waited 34 years to make my first batch of homemade soup.
This was my first ever soup and i made it good. Thank you so much . its very easy and tasty.
It's a good base. I added fresh garlic, some savory herbs and spices, kale and cayenne pepper. My family devoured it.
Recipe is simple and perfect... Made it for my girlfriend and mom when she was sick, and making it again tonight... They loved it
Wonderful Soup! I also cooked Orzo pasta separately and added to the soup. You can also sprinkle some parmesan cheese to! Yummy ?
excellent recipe. quick, easy, and very flavorful! I added some fideo cut spaghetti. just plain excellent!
Came out great did everything as the recipe says family loved it I did double so had some for the whole week thank you
Add a parsnip!
Added a few extras just for personal touch. Absolutely delicious!
I used chicken drumsticks and thighs instead of a whole chicken. Removed the skin and trimmed all the visible fat as much as possible before cooking. Added a whole onion and 6 cloves of smashed garlic cloves to add more flavor to the broth. After straining the broth and returning it to heat, I added 2 chopped carrots, chopped kale and a teaspoon of herbs de provence. Boiled some noodles in a separate pot (just 1.5 cups cooked) and added to soup right before serving.
Good basic recipe. I added pees and corn, based on personal preference, along with pasta. I used a partly eaten rotisserie chicken so that I didn't have to worry about the meat being done. I also subbed chicken broth in for half of the water. Definitely needed the optional 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon.
I like that nothing is discarded while making this soup. I added thyme and bay leaves. A whole chicken is too much. A leg quarter is plenty. I keep chicken soup in the fridge for several days, heat up a portion of it, to which I add freshly cooked noodles.
Made it 1/23/16. Really boring. Probably good if you are sick.
Such an easy way to make chicken soup, cutting veggies into bite sized pieces AFTER cooking time (genius). For the minimal amount of work required, it yields great results in flavor satisfaction and in family thumbs up.
This is as good as it gets,your basic tried and true recipe.Thanks to Jill for posting.I buy chicken thighs in bulk so I used 4 thighs (skinless) and since I cook for my 80 yr. old mom I added some cooked rice.We want her-like us- consuming less sodium so I have begun making more soups as we do not like canned,plus I have the luxury of a deep-freeze.My honey was sick so he ate most of the soup over the course of 2 days so I made another batch.Plus another for the freezer!
Added garlic and herbs to enhance the flavor . Was good without using bullion. Will make this again.
I will definitely make this soup again! It tastes fantastic. I didn't change anything. Keep the original recipe. It is great!
Very delicious recipe and so simple. My family, who have been sick with the flu, all loved it!
It easy Cooking instructions To follow.
Great base recipe. I added a few extras - swede, turnip, garlic, extra onion, crushed tomatoes, a splash of sherry. My boys & hubby couldn't get enough!
Easy and delicious recipe. Added 1c rice at the end, but next time I’ll reduce it to 1/2c.
I added jalapeño, made it perfect for my Texas guests!!
I mostly make chicken carcass soup in my own way, but always refer to recipes to avoid any serious mistakes. This recipe is simple, easy to make, and delicious. Thank you.
Add 1 tbsp of Tarragon. Great recipe got even greater!
ITS QUICK, EASY AND HAS A GREAT TASTE. LOVE IT
This was delicious!!
I’ve never been able to make chicken soup without it tasting... funny. I never thought to take the chicken OUT of the soup before the soup was done!! Made ALL THE DIFFERENCE in the flavor!! And my husband enjoyed the WHOLE POT!! Thank you!!!
It needed some extra flavours, so I added pasta, herbs and a few extra vegetables.
No changes, I will make it again.
Awesome. I’m no cook but even I could tackle this one. Turned out great.
Good base chicken soup.
I followed this recipe, however I simmered for 3 hrs, skimming throughout, strained, added more slivered carrots, celery and onions, cooked another hour, cooled and added gluten free noodles once the broth was cooled! Definitely a good starter broth.
Very good and tasty... and easy to make. My only point would be that a mention to delay the addition of faster cooking vegetables until the end should be made. Otherwise they become too muchy. Thank you for that excellent recipe.
does need fresh parsley and other herbs but this is a great base recipe. I used a box of chicken broth and water instead of using bollion. I think I would use vegetable broth next time.
Simple, quick and easy, I added egg noodles separately but not directly to he broth.
So simple and very delicious! I had heard the chicken soup can help a person to recover from a cold so I made the soup as soon as I was up to it. I especially liked the simplicity of it by just cutting tge vegetables in half when cooking it and then chop them after all was cooked. I added some sprigs of parsley. I’ll be making the recipe again.
I made it using leftover roasted chicken and it was delicious. Thank you
It turned out flavorful and delicious. The only changes I made was adding chicken broth and I used extra bouillon.
It was very easy, but if I make again I would add carrots and celery later or take out sooner as they were pretty mushy. Need to set the stock in fridge for awhile so you can scoop off the grease on top other wise too greasy. I added Better Than Bullion Chicken flavor at the end as not enough flavor for me. . I would make it again. Pretty tasty and very easy.
Really just looked this up to see the difference in my chicken soup. I sometimes add dumplings, I don't like egg noodles so I use a hardy pasta like elbows or centellinni (like a double elbow)! I add broccoli, garlic cloves, poultry seasoning and I like coriander seeds whole but others in my family like for me to crush them with my mortar and pestle. The rest is the same. ; )