If you love homemade chicken soup, you have come to the right place! It all started with my Grandma's Homemade Chicken Soup from Scratch recipe. My grandmother was a pro at making chicken soup. Her soup oozes love, and it is still the best cold and flu buster around!
If you love soup as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my best gluten free soup recipes.
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- Tools needed:
- Do you have to use a whole chicken?
- How do you add flavor to your chicken soup?
- Should you cook the chicken before adding it to the soup?
- Can you add gluten free noodles to the soup?
- How to store homemade soup?
- Can these soups be frozen?
- How long will chicken soup keep in the refrigerator?
- How do you reheat soup?
- What can you serve with these soups?
Since this recipe, I have branched out to include several chicken soup recipes on the blog because it seems like you all love chicken soup as much as we do!! My chicken soup recipes can be made stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in an Instant Pot.
You can add gluten free noodles or rice to your chicken soup, though I don't recommend storing your chicken soup with these in the soup. I like to store the noodles or rice separately, then add it to the bowl and pour the chicken soup on top.
If you have never made homemade chicken soup, I am sure you have lots of questions. I am going to try to answer as many as I can for you here, then I am going to add in all of our favorite chicken soup recipes :-).
Having the right tools is important for making chicken soup at home. Here are some of the things I love:
- A great stock pot is perfect for making soup, especially if you use a whole chicken.
- An Instant Pot or pressure cooker if you are making an Instant Pot chicken soup recipe. (*Note I recommend using an 8-quart size so you can fit a whole chicken in it.)
- This Meat Shredder. These hand-held meat shredders are so much easier to use than two forks when shredding meat. Several of my recipes use chicken breast that cooks in the soup so this will help you shred the meat easily.
Do you have to use a whole chicken?
You do not have to use a whole chicken to make any of my homemade chicken soup recipes. You can cut up a chicken, use all legs etc, but in many of these soups, having the bones in add extra nutrients to your soup recipes. Several of my quick and easy chicken soup recipes use only chicken breasts.
How do you add flavor to your chicken soup?
The flavor of the soup comes from a little chicken stock, fresh organic chicken and vegetables, and your favorite seasonings. Fresh herbs also add incredible flavor.
Should you cook the chicken before adding it to the soup?
No, you don't want to cook your chicken before adding it to the soup. A lot of the flavor comes from cooking the raw chicken in the soup.
Can you add gluten free noodles to the soup?
Chicken noodle soup is a classic and you can definitely add gluten free noodles to any of these soup recipes. You do NOT want to cook gluten free pasta in the soup.
Unfortunately, gluten free noodles don't hold up well to cooking for a long time in the broth. Cook the noodles separately then add to your soup bowl.
How to store homemade soup?
I store chicken soup in my refrigerator in a covered pot. Chicken soup doesn't last long in our house so this is the easiest way for us. You can also store in the freezer, see below for tips.
Can these soups be frozen?
You can definitely freeze chicken soup! We do this all of the time, so I do have some tips.
- First, don't store in glass containers. They don't handle freezing so make sure to use freezer-safe containers. You can also use freezer bags.
- Use the souper cubes rubber container pictured above. It will allow you to freeze your soup in handy single-serving blocks.
- Don't freeze the soup with gluten free pasta in it. The pasta will turn to mush!
- Before freezing, chill the soup in the refrigerator and then scrape off the layer of fat on the top of the soup.
- I like to remove the chicken bones before freezing the soup. This makes the chicken soup so much easier to freeze and thaw.
How long will chicken soup keep in the refrigerator?
My homemade chicken soup recipes will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
How do you reheat soup?
I reheat chicken soup the old-fashioned way on my stove. If I have been keeping it in the refrigerator, I just put the pot onto the stove and reheat on low. If there isn't much broth and the chicken is still in the pot, feel free to add a little water to the pot.
If you stored the chicken soup in the freezer, you can reheat via stovetop or even a microwave depending on which you prefer.
What can you serve with these soups?
I love to serve bread or biscuits with the soup. Here are some delicious gluten free recipes for breads:
- Gluten Free Cheese Scones
- Fluffy Paleo Biscuits
- Gluten Free Focaccia Bread
- Easy Gluten Free Cheddar Muffins
- Gluten Free Sourdough Bread