Our Best Chicken Soup Recipes to Enjoy All Year Long
Ready to dig into a bowl of soup? Here, you'll find comforting favorites, quick chicken soups, and restorative versions of the classics.
Whether you love time-honored recipes or prefer to try new ones every now and again, your favorite meals are likely always comforting and filling. While you may look to hearty stews or even baked dishes like lasagnas and potpies when you want a warming meal, you shouldn't overlook chicken soups. Despite the notion that soup is light and designated exclusively for sick days or the cold-weather season, chicken soups are filling and tasty lunches or dinners any time of year. What's more, they can be made in bulk for meal prep or to share with loved ones.
Another soup myth we're here to debunk? That all recipes take hours to make. Some of the recipes in this collection, such as the Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup pictured here, lean on store-bought products like rotisserie chicken and broth to help reduce the amount of time required for prep and cooking. We're also including more classic recipes that start with a whole chicken and build flavor slowly, for those days when you want a rich, super-comforting bowl of chicken soup and have plenty of extra time.
For additional options that are sure to satisfy any palate, consider chicken soups loaded with fresh ingredients like artichokes and collards or spices such as red pepper flakes and basil. Look to an all-around favorite in chicken noodle soup, too. With egg noodles, plenty of chicken, and a rich broth, this soup is a classic you'll want to prepare time and time again, and it can be easily riffed on with a few swaps that your family loves.
Ahead, you'll find plenty of delicious soup recipes to choose from. From chicken noodle to turmeric-ginger to wonton, these 21 recipes will inspire you to make soup a regular part of your lunch or dinner routine, no matter the season.
Chicken Soup with Pasta and Tomatoes
Chicken noodle soup gets a slight makeover in this recipe, thanks to the addition of tomatoes along with an array of herbs likes basil, thyme, and bay leaf. To serve, top each bowl with some red-pepper flakes and plenty of grated Parmesan.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Soup Made with a Whole Chicken
You'll love our test kitchen's take on chicken soup. This recipe includes chicken pieces, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in the homemade broth. You can even meal prep and make the broth three days in advance.
Chicken Soup with Rice and Potatoes
A cilantro, chile, and garlic mixture adds delicious flavor to this soup, and the rice and potatoes make this meal perfectly filling.
Green Curry Chicken Soup
Looking for a quick yet flavorful chicken soup to make for dinner? Then this tasty option should be on your radar. It calls for store-bought broth, rotisserie chicken, sweet bell peppers, green curry paste, and baby bok choy as the main ingredients, and it all comes together in just 30 minutes.
Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup
Here's another quick take on chicken soup, and a delicious, immune-boosting one to boot. Ginger, garlic, and turmeric take centerstage in the recipe.
Baby-Artichoke and Chicken Soup
Altogether different, this chicken soup has you ladle the broth, with baby artichokes, tender boneless, skinless chicken breast, and fennel, atop arugula in every bowl for serving.
Restorative Chicken Soup with Ginger
Here, cayenne pepper packs the heat and fresh ginger provides an aromatic touch. Cooked onions, carrots, celery, ginger, mushrooms, and bok choy combined with soy sauce adds even more flavor to this chicken soup.
Almond Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Collards, and Ginger
Almond butter and sweet potatoes are an unlikely but inspired pairing in this soup. Mix a half cup of the butter with stock, onion, garlic, and sweet potato. Once combined with collards, ginger, and boneless, skinless chicken breast, the finished chicken soup is creamy and tasty.
Chicken Soup with Dill Spaetzle
Better than noodles? The spaetzle in this recipe are made from a simple dough of eggs, milk, and cook in the broth. We think they're the ultimate addition to a chicken soup.
Matzo-Ball Soup with Leeks
Seltzer is the secret ingredient that makes these matzo balls light and fluffy. They're served in a rich chicken soup fragrant with leeks.
Chicken and Rice Soup
Kid-friendly and easy to make, this quick chicken soup starts with store-bought broth and boneless, skinless chicken thighs. White rice, and plenty of vegetables make it a hearty meal. Top each bowl with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley leaves for a meal the whole family will love.
Chicken Soup with Soba Noodles and Snow Peas
Snow peas and red bell pepper bring bright color to each bowl of this chicken soup. It's made with skinless, boneless chicken breast and store-bought broth so it comes together fast (try 20 minutes fast!). If you can't find soba noodles at the store, use whole-wheat spaghetti.
Complete with chicken and hearty vegetables—including carrots, parsnips, and onions—and ready to serve in about 45 minutes. It's just right for serving on cold-weather days or for a weeknight meal.
Chicken-and-Ricotta Meatballs in Broth
Meatball soup meets chicken soup in this delicious hybrid. Ground white-meat chicken, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, and a hint of nutmeg make for succulent meatballs. Swap ground white-meat turkey for the chicken if desired.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Flavored with a touch of dill and parsley, this chicken noodle soup is sure to be a hit at the dinner table. While egg noodles are our go to, you can easily swap in angel-hair pasta, alphabet pasta, pastina, or even cooked rice.
This deliciously smooth lemon chicken soup gets its thick consistency from eggs. Pro tip: After mixing in eggs with broth, keep the soup from simmering. This will prevent the eggs from curdling.
Noodle Soup with Chicken and Snow Peas
Thick rice noodles are the star in this soup, in addition to chicken breast. Serve with mint, lime wedges, and chile sauce so everyone can customize their bowl.
Simple Chicken Noodle Soup
This streamlined recipe brings together a whole chicken, carrots, parsnips, and onions for a hearty one-pot meal. It only takes about 35 to make.
Making the wontons is the time-consuming part of this recipe. The soup comes together quickly.
Tortellini in Broth with Escarole
Store-bought cheese tortellini and store-bought broth mean this chicken soup comes together in just 15 minutes. Escarole cooks quickly in the broth and brings color and crunch.