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Mom’s Special Chicken Soup

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.


14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)

Nothing is more comforting than this chicken soup. I am convinced a single bowl can soothe anything from the common cold to a stressful day. My mother made it often for our family when I was growing up. —Cookie Curci, San Jose, California


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 4 celery ribs
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 parsley sprigs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cups cooked rice


  1. Place chicken and water in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the onion, celery, bouillon, parsley sprigs, garlic and salt if desired. Cover and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 1 hour.
  2. Remove chicken from broth; allow to cool. Strain broth, discarding vegetables and seasonings. Remove chicken from bones; cut into cubes; set aside. Discard bones. Add carrots to broth and simmer about 15 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and chopped parsley to broth; heat through. Serve with rice.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 184 calories, 7g fat (0 saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 meat, 1 starch.

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