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Potluck Chicken Vegetable Soup

I experimented with different variations, and this is the best chicken vegetable soup recipe I came up with. It's especially good to take to potlucks or share with friends. I often take a bowl to work to heat up for a fast lunch. —Bertha Vogt, Tribune, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling Cook: 2 hours 5 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (about 4 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 roasting chicken (about 5 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-1/2 quarts water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and tarragon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups frozen peas, optional

Directions

  • Place the chicken, celery, onion and water in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Skim fat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until chicken is tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Remove chicken; cool.
  • Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; return to pan. Add the tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, turnip, bouillon and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add broccoli and peas if desired; simmer until vegetables are tender, 15-20 minutes longer.

Chicken Vegetable Soup Tips

What variations can you make?

Try switching up the veggies and seasonings in this recipe to make it your own. Experiment with sauteed mushrooms, canned corn or green beans. Or add a dash of Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes for a new taste. Get inspiration from different types of soup , like minestrone, by adding small pasta noodles.

What goes well with chicken vegetable soup?

Chicken vegetable soup pairs well with most soup sides like breadsticks, salads and sandwiches. If you're hosting a potluck, give these potluck sandwich recipes a try.

Can you freeze chicken vegetable soup?

Yes, you freeze chicken vegetable soup for as long as 3 months. Just keep in mind that when freezing most soup recipes, ingredients like veggies and potatoes can soften after thawing. Follow these soup freezing tips to make sure your chicken vegetable soup remains fresh and tasty.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 195 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Wayne
    Nov 28, 2020

    best chicken vegetable soup , great flavor but use a brand name stewed tomatoes and a real lemon to bring everything together

  • Nila
    Jan 21, 2018

    This has excellent flavour and I've learned that cooking the whole chicken gives the best flavour for stock. I added leeks and some chick peas. Tastes great for those cold winter nights.

  • VictoriaElaine
    Aug 8, 2011

    The various seasonings give this soup a lot of flavor. I had to skip the tarragon as I didn't have that on hand & I substituted an extra potato for the turnip. Makes a huge batch - will be freezing a portion of it.