simple chicken soup

Simple Chicken Soup

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Many of you will agree that there are few things more comforting than a bowl of chicken soup. Almost every culture has their own version that has been passed down throughout generations. I love to order the Sopa de Lima (lime soup made with lots of chicken) from our favorite Mexican restaurant and I often spice up my own chicken soup recipes with Asian flavors like ginger, Thai basil, and Sriracha. This recipe, however, is more representative of my own heritage. Good old fashioned chicken soup, American style, that is similar to what my own grandmothers would have made. Go ahead and add noodles if you like. I prefer my starch in the form of a large chunk of sourdough bread served alongside for dipping.

You can refer to my previous post for Easy Chicken stock and Shredded Chicken
for this recipe or use store bought or home cooked roasted chicken and boxed stock. It will be great either way although the sodium content is likely to be higher with the purchased ingredients. Once you have your chicken and stock, this soup is super easy to put together.

Freeze what’s leftover for a quick, hot, nutritious meal when you need it most.


Simple Chicken Soup

(10 – 12 servings)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow or white onion, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
6 celery ribs, chopped
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
juice of 1 whole lemon
6 cups chicken stock, homemade or low sodium
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Chop onion, carrots, and celery into medium/large chunks.

chopped onion
chopped carrot
chopped celery

Place olive oil in a large stockpot (6 – 8 quart) then add chopped veggies. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Saute on medium heat until the veggies just begin to become soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 – 10 minutes.

onion, carrot, celery

Stir in chopped garlic and saute another 2 -3 minutes.

adding chopped garlic to soup

Stir in cooked, shredded or chopped chicken.

adding shredded chicken to soup

Add lemon juice,

adding chicken stock to soup

and chicken stock.

chicken soup

Stir in thyme and add more salt and black pepper to your taste.

homemade chicken soup

Serve with your favorite bread, crackers or noodles… Enjoy and be well!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
Leonardo da Vinci