Chicken Soup (((Jewish Penicillin)))

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
Recipe by Alan Leonetti

This recipe was developed by my grandmother, Anna Buhal'tsev Bell Mersky, and then slightly improved by my mother, Sandy, and it is the MOST AUTHENTIC and BEST recipe for Jewish Chicken Soup that you will ever find. Trust me, it is GREAT!!!

Top Review by Kittie

The best chicken soup. The only thing I did different was instead of using anise tops (my store cuts these off) I used anise seed. You need some sort of anise for the flavor to balance! I did also add in some parsley (for some green.) We had this with matzo balls. Yummmy

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Do not cut up the chicken.
  2. Place the whole chicken in a very large pot.
  3. Cover chicken with water.
  4. Place on high heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat& skim the scum off the top.
  7. Slice carrots across into pieces 1/4" thick and place into pot.
  8. Slice celery the same as the carrots and place into pot.
  9. Quarter onion and place into pot.
  10. Peel& quarter the sweet potatoes and place into pot.
  11. Cut up parsnips and place into pot.
  12. Place the soup greens, which are the tops of anise, into the pot.
  13. Discard the actual anise root.
  14. Place pot back on the burner on medium-low heat and simmer.
  15. Slightly season with salt, pepper and garlic to taste.
  16. Cover and continue to simmer until vegetables are tender and the chicken is done and almost falling off the bone.
  17. Remove the chicken from the pot and remove all of the chicken from the carcass.
  18. Discard the carcass and return the chicken pieces back to the pot.
  19. Taste to see if it is seasoned to your liking.
  20. If it's not, adjust with more salt, pepper and garlic as needed.
  21. Separately boil the pot stickers and then add them to the soup just before serving, or else you can make matzo balls as directed on the box of matzo ball mix, and then add the matzo balls to the soup just before serving.

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