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Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup is simple to prepare with natural whole ingredients. Great to keep in the freezer for those times you don't feel like making a batch!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 28kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ½ large onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper , stem and seeds removed, diced (or sliced if preferred)
  • 1 Small chicken fryer OR 2 large boneless skinless Chicken Breasts , rinsed and patted dry with paper towels OR 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed(this simplifies the recipe to remove the bones from the process and speed things up)
  • 2 1-quart containers chicken stock (I use one regular and one low sodium; you can substitute homemade stock as well)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Combine the carrots, celery (I include some of the celery leaves too), garlic, and onion into a food processor and chop into small bits. NOTE: if you prefer larger pieces of vegetables slice the carrots and celery, dice the garlic and chop the onion.
  • In a stock pot, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables from the food processor and saute 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.
  • Add the jalapeno pepper and sauté another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the whole chicken OR chicken breasts, the chicken broth and the water. Bring to a boil then lower heat bringing soup to a simmer.
  • If using a Whole Chicken: After about 90 minutes the chicken will be cooked and falling off the bone. Separate the meat, discard the bones and skin, add meat back to the soup and taste for seasoning.
    (I recommend taking the whole chicken out of the broth, letting it cool sightly so you can handle it then taking off the meat and hand shredding it)
    If using boneless Chicken Breasts: simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar at the end. Great for your health and brightens the flavor of the soup.


Ingredient Notes
Whole Fryer Chicken: I use all natural, no antibiotic, no steroid, free range meat but any chicken will do.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: using them simplifies the recipe with no need to remove the bones  and speed things up.

Simmering Time

To deepen the flavor of the broth, the soup may be left to simmer on low temperature for a number of hours. If doing so check the liquid level and add more water as needed.

How to Store

In the Refrigerator

Store in a sealed container for up to 3-4 days.

In the Freezer

Allow the soup to cool. Pour into a freezer-safe container leaving 1-inch between the top of the soup and the top of the container.
This allows room for the expansion when freezing.
Store for up to 4 to 6 months.


Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3145IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.1mg