Easy Chicken Soup

Easy homemade chicken soup is a must make during cold winter months. Chopped carrots, celery, onions, and herbs with chunks of white meat chicken is the definition of comfort!

You can count on classic soup recipes like beef barley, split pea, and baked potato soup to keep you warm when there’s a blizzard outside.

We always turn to chicken noodle soup to keep us warm, but sometimes, we just want to go back to basics and leave out the noodles!

turkey soup in bowls

Is chicken soup healthy?

There’s comfort found in offering a sick relative a bowl of soup when they’re battling a cold or the flu. But why? Is chicken soup healthy?

Onions, carrots, and celery all have healing properties, such as vitamin c and k. Chicken offers protein, and chicken broth helps reduce inflammation.

What ingredients are in chicken soup?

True to the flavors of fall and winter, this soup is enhanced with a sage, thyme, and poultry seasoning roux to make it into an easy creamy chicken soup recipe.

Here are the ingredients:

  •  butter
  • onions
  • celery
  • carrots
  • flour (use gluten-free for a gluten free chicken soup)
  • chicken broth
  • thyme
  • sage
  • poultry seasoning
  • cooked chicken
  • heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
ingredients for turkey soup

How do you season chicken soup?

Seasoning chicken soup is simple! Salt and pepper goes a long way, but for a tasty chicken soup recipe, we’re adding poultry seasoning, thyme, and sage to give it a classic chicken soup flavor profile.

If you think of it, this recipe has almost the same flavor profile as stuffing does! Poultry seasoning, thyme, and sage just go so well together!

How To Make Easy Chicken Soup

Making soup is done in no time with a few simple steps.

  • Melt butter in a large pot and then add in the onions, celery, and carrots.
carrots, celery and onion in a pan
  • Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft. The onions will become somewhat translucent once it has softened.
carrots, celery and onion in a pan
  • To thicken the soup we’re going to add the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Cooking the flour removes the flour taste! This is an essential step.
carrots, celery and onion in a pan
  • Slowly pour in the chicken broth. You can use a homemade bone broth, a store bought low sodium chicken broth, or use Better Than Bullion for amazing flavor.
soup broth in a pan
  • Bring to a low boil while stirring constantly.
soup broth with spices in a pan
  • Add the sage, thyme, and poultry seasoning. Fresh is always best, but you can certainly use dried herbs.
soup in a pan
  • Lower the heat and pour in the cream. Now, add in the cooked chicken, and simmer for 25-35 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

What kind of chicken should I use for soup?

Soup usually consists of white meat. Chicken breast is always a great option.

I always say, use what you have! If you’re running short on time, grab a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and use the meat from it to make this easy soup recipe.

A bowl of soup and a spoon, with Chicken soup

How do you thicken soup?

To thicken soup, you have to add a thickener agent. We’re adding a flour roux as well as heavy cream to help make this soup recipe thicker and creamier.

If you’re making a keto chicken soup recipe, you can make the roux with Xantham Gum (a little goes a long way).

How long does soup last?

Typically, if stored with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator, this soup will last 3-4 days.

If you know it won’t be eaten during that time, portion the soup into airtight containers and freeze for up to one month.

How do you reheat soup?

If you’re reheating fresh soup, you can either microwave a single bowl for a minute or until hot, or pour the creamy soup into a pot to reheat until warmed through.

To reheat frozen soup, place container covered, with soup into a bowl with water to thaw out, before pouring into a pot or slow cooker and reheating until warm.

A bowl of food on a table, with Soup and Chicken

What To Serve With Soup

The first thing that comes to mind is a side of fresh baked bread with soup. Rhubarb bread, country white bread, or honey wheat bread are great to dip into this creamy chicken soup recipe!

And for dessert, why not a classic sheet cake recipe? It’s a comforting end to a delicious meal.

More soup recipes you may enjoy:

bowl of Easy Chicken Soup
bowl of Easy Chicken Soup

Easy Chicken Soup

5 from 1 vote
Easy chicken soup is a must make during cold winter months. Chopped carrots, celery, onions, and herbs with chunks of white meat chicken is the definition of comfort!
Servings 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 4 medium carrots (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3-4 leaves fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 ¾ cups cooked chicken
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large soup pot melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, celery, and carrots.
  • Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft.
  • Add the flour and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the broth.
  • Bring to a low boil while stirring constantly.
  • Add the sage, thyme, and poultry seasoning.
  • Lower the heat and add the cream.
  • Stir in the chicken and simmer for 25-35 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle into soup bowls, garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6, with 1 serving being ⅙ of the recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1081mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7626IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 374
Keyword chicken recipe, chicken soup, easy soup recipe
A bowl of food, with Soup and Chicken in a ladle

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Shela
4 months ago

5 stars
So easy and yummy. I made a double batch so I could give some to my disabled neighbor and her family. They loved it.