Chicken Soup - Best Ever

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is modified from the Second Ave. Deli recipe in NYC. It won a Good Housekeeping chicken soup taste test. I've made it many times, and this is my family's favorite. Some of my family likes noodles in their soup, some rice, some neither. This pleases everyone. It's simple, but very yummy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large stock pot, heat 12 cups of water to boil.
  2. Add celery and all of chicken, including feet and any organs to water.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered until breasts and thighs are cooked, about 45 min.
  4. Remove breasts and thighs and set aside to cool.
  5. Add onion, carrots and garlic to water.
  6. Cook uncovered for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  7. Strain broth into bowl and skim off fat.
  8. Discard all solids except for carrots.
  9. Cut breasts and thigh meat into bite size pieces, discarding all skin, fat and bones.
  10. Cut carrots into small cubes.
  11. Add meat and carrots to broth.
  12. Add noodles or rice to individual bowls, and add soup.
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Most Helpful

Just like my Russian Grandmother used to make, light with a good chicken flavor.

Big Daddie June 04, 2007

I followed the recipe as stated, but I also found this soup to be quite bland. After all the prep and cooking time, I was very disappointed.

Mrs. DJ March 06, 2006

I really thought this soup was bland! I followed the directions. I ended up trying to add some bouillon cubes and other spices, I was very disappointed in the results. Sorry

Cookin up a storm May 03, 2005

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