Homestyle Chicken Soup

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 8/29/2009


This childhood favorite is good for body and soul, not to mention your tastebuds. Try it with turkey instead of chicken, too.

  • Servings: Serves 4
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Appetizer; Soup


1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. leek, white part only, diced finely
1/2 celery stalk, finely diced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 chicken breasts, on the bone
4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper


Heat a 3-qt. sauce pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
Add the leek, celery, carrot, bay leaf and sauté for 1 minute.
Add garlic, stir well and sauté for 1 minute longer.
Add the chicken breasts, chicken stock and thyme sprig. Bring contents up to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, skimming off foam and fat.
Remove the chicken breasts and set aside to cool.
Remove the meat from the bones and dice or shred into small pieces. Add to the soup. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Add the chopped parsley. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprig.
Serve with Matzoh Balls.