Homemade Chicken Soup

  • Author: Arlene Mobley
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade Chicken Soup made from scratch tastes better than any can of soup.



  • 2 or 3 chicken breasts with or without bone
  • small onion
  • 4 or 5 large cloves of garlic or two tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 large bay leaves
  • sliced squash (optional)
  • two carrots cut up any way you like
  • or a hand full of those mini carrots sold for salad or dipping
  • celery (optional)
  • canned or boxed chicken stock (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste go easy on the salt because the added bullion is very salty.
  • Good Stuff to add to your soup
  • Chicken & Vegetable Bouillon cubes
  • Frozen, fresh or canned mixed vegetables
  • corn
  • green beans
  • any other vegetable you have on hand
  • penne pasta
  • any pasta on hand
  • white or brown rice
  • canned or fresh tomatoes
  • black beans
  • white beans


  1. For the chicken soup stock I place two or three chicken breasts in a large pot and cover with water. I like using chicken breast with the bone but will use boneless if that is all I have on hand.
  2. Throw all the other ingredients in the pot with the chicken on high heat until it starts to boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and falling apart.
  3. As you can see I have a couple of optional ingredients listed. If you have them fine if not don’t sweat it. Believe me your family will never know their missing.
  4. I never have celery on hand because I don’t use it much except around the holidays so my soup stock never has it in it. The squash was a fluke for me. I had never used it in my soups before. I had some on hand in the freezer that I had sliced up and had planned to fry that I never got around to so I threw some in a pot of veggie soup and I loved the added flavor. If your family doesn’t like squash….well if you cook your stock long enough it all but disappears. A tricky way of getting another green veggie into your families diet.
  5. Yes I have canned chicken stock as an optional ingredient and I know all the cooking shows always add chicken stock. Well I promise you if you don’t have any on hand don’t worry about it. It does add a richness to your stock but I have made my soup with and without and it turned out delicious every time.
  6. Once your chicken is cooked through take it out of the pot and place into a bowl. If it is boneless just break it apart with a fork. If it is bone in then carefully remove the meat from the bone and set it aside in the bowl. Double check for bones!
  7. Whether my chicken has bones or not I always strain my stock through a fine meshed colander into another pot or large bowl. Just make sure your pot or bowl is large enough to hold all of your stock!
  8. Pour your cleaned stock back into your cooking pot. Pick out the carrots and return to the cooking pot.
  9. Homemade chicken soup can be made to suit your families taste. Check out the list of Good Stuff ingredients and add whichever ingredients your family loves.
  10. Cook until all ingredients are heated through.

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