For us (right now), it is less expensive to buy a whole chicken at the moment, so I made our last few chicken soups from this way. Making soup from a whole chicken isn’t that much extra work. I just cut the chicken into pieces where it naturally feels right to cut. Add the chicken in with the broth and vegetables, then remove the chicken after 25 minutes to shred or chop into smaller pieces. In this post I’ll give you the step-by-step directions for making soup from a whole chicken.
Whole Chicken Soup
Chicken soup has long been a favourite soup to serve on any occasion, but especially to anyone who is ill. This may be because it is packed with nutrient rich broth, veggies and chicken. If the ingredients you are wholesome, whole chicken soup can be very nutritious and aid a sick body very well.
Buying wholesome ingredients
It can be very convenient to buy chicken breasts or thighs in a bulk from the grocery store. Since the package was processed that way, it costs more than simply buying a chicken and cut it into portions yourself.
If you have been following along on this blog for a while, you know that I’m a big advocate for cooking using real ingredients. The food you buy to eat matters. You vote with your money. More than that, your body actually has to work to process the food. So why not give it the food that contains all the nutrients it was intended to have, minus the additives, preservatives, etc.
Tools you May Need
Food processor or sharp knives for chopping
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 Onions diced
5 Celery stalks
6 Garlic cloves
12 cups Broth
3 Bay leaves
2 lbs Chicken bone in
1½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper
10 oz Noodles
Directions for Chicken Soup with Whole Chicken
Start by preparing the vegetables. Dice the onions, slice the carrots and celery, and chop the garlic fine. If you have a food processor, it would make this step very quick. Chopping by hand works best to get the vegetables sized just as you prefer.
Next, heat the oil in a large pot and add the onions, celery and carrots to cook for 5 minutes (or until soft). Stir it occasionally, and the vegetables will cook down significantly.
At the end, stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.
Add the broth and bay leaves, and increase the heat to bring the liquid to a slow boil/simmer.
Prepare the chicken by cutting the thighs and breasts from the carcass.
Add the chicken breasts, salt and pepper.
Cook for 25-30 minutes with the lid on.
Then remove the chicken portions and shred or chop them fine.
Review the pasta package to determine the cooking time needed for your pasta.
Add the pasta and the cook with the lid on.
Once the pasta is near ready, return the shredded/diced chicken to the pot for 2 more minutes.
Taste and add salt/pepper as desired.
Whole Chicken Soup Recipe
Make Soup from a Whole Chicken
- Food Processor or sharp knives for chopping
- Large pot
- Measuring spoons/cups
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 2 Onions diced
- 5 Celery stalks
- 6 Carrots
- 6 Garlic cloves
- 12 cups Broth
- 3 Bay leaves
- 2 lbs Chicken bone in
- 1½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- 10 oz Noodles
- Prepare vegetables: dice onions, slice carrots and celery, chop garlic fine. If you have a food processor, that would make this step very quick
- Heat the oil in a large pot and add the onions, celery and carrots to cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stir occasionally
- Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute
- Add the broth and bay leaves, increase the heat to bring the liquid to a simmer
- Prepare the chicken by cutting the thighs and breasts from the carcass
- Add the chicken breasts, salt and pepper
- Cook for 25-30 minutes with the lid on
- Then remove the chicken portions and shred or chop them fine
- Review the pasta package to determine the cooking time needed for your pasta
- Add the pasta and the cook with the lid on
- Once the pasta is near ready, return the shredded/diced chicken to the pot for 2 more minutes
- Taste and add salt/pepper as desired
Other Soup Recipes
If tomatoes are in season, try out this tasty roasted tomatoes soup made completely from scratch.
If you just celebrated a holiday or event with turkey and you have leftovers, this recipe makes great turkey carcass soup.