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Mom’s Cold-Season Chicken Soup

by Ünal Güler

Mom and dad are both sick this week with a “rotten cold” that is keeping them feeling pretty miserable – coughing, sneezing, grumpy, etc.

Mom made a delicious chicken soup today with just chicken broth and vegetables, no chicken meat. It was so good, I just had to get the instructions down before I forgot.

The most important thing of course is the chicken stock. If it all possible use chicken stock you’ve made from bones or backs (see chicken stock recipe.)

If you are looking for a more robust chicken soup, check out our Chicken Noodle Soup made with stock from a whole chicken.


  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock

  • Fat from the homemade chicken stock

  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped

  • 2 carrots, sliced in 1/4-inch slices (about the same amount as onion)

  • 2 celery stalks, sliced in 1/4-inch slices (about the same amount as the onion)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 tablespoon chopped greens from a green onion (green part of the green onion) or chives

  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning (ground sage and thyme)

  • 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) crushed red pepper flakes (or a small pinch of cayenne)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Sauté onion, carrots, and celery:

    In a 4 qt saucepan, heat a tablespoon of chicken fat (that has risen to the surface and solidified from your homemade stock) on medium high heat.

Sauté the vegetables in the fat until the carrots are almost done.

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Elise Bauer

Add seasonings:

While you are sautéing the vegetables, add the seasoning – the poultry seasoning, the crushed red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Seasoning like this during the cooking of the vegetables brings out their flavor. According to my mother, crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne is very helpful for a cold, which is why it is part of this recipe.

Add stock and simmer:

Add the 4 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a low simmer. Cook until the carrots are just cooked through (about 5 to 10 minutes).

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Add the fresh parsley and green onion greens:

Check seasonings (you will likely need to add more salt) and adjust to taste.

Elise Bauer

Serve with (at least) day old crusty French bread.

I think I would have to agree. This soup is absolutely delicious just the way it is. Just make sure you are starting with excellent stock.

Elise Bauer

Nutrition Facts (per serving) 142 Calories 6g Fat 15g Carbs 7g Protein
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× Nutrition Facts Servings: 3 to 4 Amount per serving Calories 142 % Daily Value* Total Fat 6g 8% Saturated Fat 2g 9% Cholesterol 10mg 3% Sodium 456mg 20% Total Carbohydrate 15g 5% Dietary Fiber 2g 6% Total Sugars 7g Protein 7g Vitamin C 6mg 28% Calcium 34mg 3% Iron 1mg 5% Potassium 437mg 9% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


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