Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 1-1/2 hours


26 servings (6-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Dec. 05, 2023
The keys to this amazing chicken matzo ball soup are slow-cooking it and using boxed matzo ball mix. Some people swear by seltzer, but I find it’s not necessary—the mix makes perfect, fluffy matzo balls every time due to its baking powder. Add chicken fat (schmaltz) for extra-authentic flavor. The matzo balls will taste as if they came straight from Grandma's kitchen. —Shannon Sarna, South Orange, New Jersey
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 6 quarts water
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh dill sprigs
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package (5 ounces) matzo ball mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup rendered chicken fat
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 10 cups water


  1. Place chicken and wings in a stockpot; add water, vegetables, herbs and seasonings. Slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1-2 hours.
  2. Remove chicken and wings and cool. Strain broth through a cheesecloth-lined colander; reserve vegetables. Skim off fat. Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-sized pieces; discard bones. Return broth, vegetables and meat to pot. If using immediately, skim off fat. Or cool broth, then refrigerate 8 hours or overnight; remove fat from surface before using. (Broth may be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen 4-6 months.)
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat matzo ball mix, eggs, oil, chicken fat, dill and parsley until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. In another stockpot, bring water to a boil. Drop rounded tablespoons of matzo ball dough into boiling water. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until a toothpick inserted into a matzo ball comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering), 20-25 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove matzo balls from water with a slotted spoon; place 1 matzo ball in each soup bowl. Add soup.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 167 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.