Chicken soup is a classic. It’s one of Britain’s favourite soups – it’s comforting, filling and thankfully, oh so easy to make!
My easy chicken soup recipe is just that – easy. It has minimal ingredients, all of which can just be added to your soup maker (or pot if you don’t have a soup maker!)
How To Make Chicken Soup (The Easy Way!)
Homemade Chicken Soup Ingredients
- 200g cooked chicken, shredded – this is an approximate weight.
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 200g potatoes, scrubbed and diced
- 1 litre chicken stock (approx)
- 2tbsp creme fraiche/cream (optional)
As you can see, you need very few ingredients. I love to make chicken soup with the leftovers from a Sunday roast. It’s the perfect way to use up all the meat, assuming it doesn’t get swiped by the kids for their school sandwiches!
Side Note: I usually cook our chicken in the slow cooker, this means that we can easily get all the meat off the bone – there really is no food wasted. If you’ve never cooked your chicken in a slow cooker you really should try it – the meat is so soft. You can also use the juices to make some homemade chicken stock – it tastes amazing.
If you don’t have leftover chicken to use up you can still easily make chicken soup – just cook up some chicken of your choice. If I’m craving a chicken soup and we haven’t had a roast chicken I’ll just cook up some chicken breasts and shred them. I do notice a different texture when I make chicken soup this way though, kind of like a more ‘grainy’ texture. I suppose because it isn’t as tender as it is when it is slow cooked.
How To Make Chicken Soup Thicker
The potatoes thicken up the soup and make it smoother – you can add more or less, depending on your own taste. Also, cream or crème fraiche will also make it smoother and give you more of a ‘Cream of Chicken’ style soup, but this is totally optional. A lot of the time I won’t bother adding any and it still tastes great.
Simply add all the ingredients to your soup maker (leave any cream or crème fraiche until the end) and put the lid on. Set it off on smooth and you’re done!
If you don’t have a soup maker, you can still make this in a pot on the stove. Just add all the same ingredients and bring it to the boil. Turn it down to a lower heat and simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Use a hand blender to turn it into a smooth soup, taking care not to allow the hot liquid to splash you.
Season the chicken soup according to your own taste.
I hope you enjoy my easy chicken soup recipe – let me know in the comments if you make it! You can also join us over on our Soup Maker Recipes group on Facebook.