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Mom's Chicken Soup Recipe

The flavor of this soup is wonderful on a cold fall or winter day. Whenever I am feeling a little stuffy, I make this soup and I start to feel better.—Mary Beth Jung, Hendersonville, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 2 hours YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 1 chicken (about 2-1/2 to 3 pounds) with giblets, quartered
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 6 celery ribs, (leaves reserved), divided
  • 6 medium carrots, divided
  • 2 cups cooked rice or cooked fine egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 to 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional


  • 1. Place the chicken, giblets, water, salt, onion, peppercorns, three celery ribs, all the celery leaves and three carrots in a soup kettle. Bring to a boil. Skim off the foam. Reduce heat to simmer; cover and cook for 2 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat. Discard cooked vegetables and peppercorns. Strain stock if desired.
  • 2. Chill stock, then skim fat. Dice remaining celery and carrots; add to the stock. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
  • 3. Meanwhile, remove chicken from the bones and dice. Add chicken, cooked rice or noodles and parsley. Heat through. Stir in food coloring if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 158 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"excellant and easy!!"

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