Classic Chicken Soup


Under the weather?  Feeling puny?  Chicken soup…a cure for the common cold?  Probably not, but it sure defines a comforting meal for any Winter evening. The aromas alone are enough to soothe the soul and the hot broth make any scratchy throat feel better.

A steamy bowl  of vitamin-packed vegetables swimming in a savory broth alongside chunks of chicken and floating herbs and spices and you’ve got a classic easy homemade soup.


Years ago, I learned to add small chunks of sweet potato to make the combination even more interesting.  Let’s take a look.


Classic Chicken Soup
The ultimate comfort food.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
  • 2.T. olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato. peeled and small cubed
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 t. dill seed
  • 1 t. basil
  • ½ t. tarragon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  1. In fry pan, saute chicken breasts in olive oil until almost done. Set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots, celery, sweet potato and parsnips for 2 minutes to enhance the natural sugar in them.
  3. Add the stock and bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until all the vegetables are tender. Add the fresh minced parsley and spices. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add in shredded chicken and serve.


Chicken Soup…It’s what’s for Dinner.

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  1. says

    This sounds souper! :) You know, I’ve been tempted to add sweet potato to my chicken noodle soup, but was never sure if it “went” with it. I’m going to try it next time. And dill seed? Never cooked with it – what an interesting spice to try next time as well. I love reading your versions of stuff. And I’m smitten with your cracker dish.

  2. says

    I toss whatever veggies I have into chicken soup. Summer squash that was frozen at it’s peak, has turned out to be surprisingly good.

  3. says

    Looks really good Lea Ann and just this morning a medical preson was telling that chicken soup has been proven to provide some positive impacts when you’re ailing – I’d heard this before.

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