Chicken Soup 

I hesitate to post a recipe for chicken soup, as it seems so axiomatic. Who ever heard of a traditional Jewish cook who doesn’t make chicken soup?  

Throughout Jewish literature, chicken soup is extolled for its medicinal effects and often referred to as “Jewish penicillin.” However, I consider chicken soup to be a work of art. All cooks have their own particular techniques. I have made it various ways, but, this is my current method.


1 chicken, skinned

1 onion

1 potato

1 sweet potato

2 stalks of celery

4 carrots

2 parsnips or parsley roots

1 bay leaf

Salt, pepper, fresh garlic, and paprika if desired to taste

Water to cover

Optional: celery root, zucchini, fresh parsley, dill


Place the chicken, with hopefully the skin off in a food sock or if unavailable, a cheese cloth. Place the vegetables in another food sock and the potatoes in a third food sock.

Add water and then bring to a boil and simmer until done.  

This can be made in a regular soup pot, a crock pot or a pressure cooker.

In a crockpot, cook on high or low until done. This is not my preferred method, as it makes the soup too dark.

Recently, I have begun making it in the pressure cooker at 7 minutes to pressure.

When done, I adjust the seasoning, and pull out the various food socks. This way, does not require straining and is clear.

I arrange all the cooked vegetables, potatoes and chicken in separate bowls, and serve according to everyone’s individual preferences.

In the past, I used to also cut up new vegetables and then add them to the broth and serve.

In general, there is very little flavor left from the first round of soup vegetables, so not everyone likes to eat them.

I make chicken salad with the leftover chicken, assuming the chicken is also not too overcooked.

I also serve it with rice, thin noodles or of course matzah balls.

Adding fresh herbs like parsley or dill give it a beautiful fresh flavor.

I made it for the holiday, so there are less pictures than usual. But, done is better than undone!



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17 thoughts on “Chicken Soup 

  1. cynthiamvoss February 13, 2016 at 10:15 PM Reply

    That’s an interesting technique of cooking in cheesecloth or a food sock to avoid straining later! But what is a food sock? I googled and got results of socks with pictures of food on them lol

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  2. sassandsauce February 12, 2016 at 1:44 AM Reply

    Just bookmarked this page. I have been looking for a good chicken soup recipe for ages!

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  3. Lina November 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM Reply

    Really appreciate your recipes and the time you take out fr it….Glad I bumped into this blog ☺

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  4. Love Served Daily September 20, 2015 at 3:15 AM Reply

    Yummy. Thanks for the recipe

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  5. Osyth September 17, 2015 at 5:33 PM Reply

    Jewish Penicilline …. I love your method – I’ve never considered putting the bird and the veg in socks 🙂

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  6. Lynz Real Cooking September 17, 2015 at 3:39 PM Reply

    Hi I have not seen you around, hope you had a lovely holiday! yummm

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged September 17, 2015 at 4:11 PM Reply

      Yes. Very busy time of year. I suspect I will not be up fully for air until after they are over. Still, I always say, “I want the holidays to go through me, rather than me trying to get through the holidays.” Time is a spiral. I have been reading your powerful stories. Thank you for sharing them.

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