Herbed Chicken Soup Recipe

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I love cooking from scratch and turning a recipe into my own personal "creation". This soup is one I developed gradually over the years...after some experimenting.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon each rubbed sage and poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen noodles or 2 cups cooked noodles

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 91 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, place the first 13 ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil; skim fat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chicken; allow to cool. Debone and cut into chunks. Skim fat from broth; bring to a boil. Return chicken to kettle. Add frozen noodles and cook for 20 minutes or until tender, or add cooked noodles and heat through. Remove bay leaf. Yield: 16 servings (4 quarts).
Originally published as Herbed Chicken Soup in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p25

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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alpiner1 User ID: 4364896 13771
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I have been using this same recipe for years ! I make it with dumplings ."

PEH User ID: 5822220 19282
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"Just what I was looking for to use bones and wings after deboning breasts. Grated carrots to disguise it from my boys. Worked! Put in cooked rice, instead of noodles."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 19831
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"Thank you for a REAL chicken soup recipe! I've been through countless recipes that call for a can of some soup and a bag of frozen vegetables. This is exactly what I've been looking for! I'm going to make it with rice instead of noodles. Thank you! Thank you!"

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