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Grandma's Homemade Chicken Soup

Sandi Gaertner
An easy homemade chicken soup made from scratch. Grandma's chicken soup recipe is easy to make using a whole chicken and vegetables.
4.59 from 233 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Gluten Free Soup Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 355 kcal


  • 1 whole chicken raw
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 carrots chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 quart chicken broth low sodium
  • 4 cups water
  • parsley is optional


  • Add a whole raw chicken to a large stock pot.
  • Add all ingredients, cover and simmer on medium low until it boils.
  • Once the soup is boiling, turn down the temperature to low and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken to a pan. Do this carefully so the chicken doesn't fall apart. Cut the chicken meat into pieces and add back to the soup. Garnish with fresh parsley if you like.
  • Serve hot. (My grandmother served it over rice, this is totally optional.)



This recipe uses a whole raw chicken. The chicken cooks directly in the soup making the broth full of rich chicken flavors!


Serving: 1gCalories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 28gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 584mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
Keyword chicken soup from scratch, grandma's chicken soup, homemade chicken soup
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