29 Hearty Chicken Soup Recipes

Cook up these bowls when you're craving comfort

Greek Chicken Soup (Avgolemono Soup)

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Whether you need something good to warm up your stomach or you're fighting off a cold, there is great comfort to be found in a hot bowl of chicken soup. From classic chicken noodle soup and creamy chicken mushroom and other delicious recipes inspired by cuisines across the globe, find the perfect bowl for you.

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    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken Noodle Soup

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    Looking for the perfect chicken noodle soup? You'll love this foolproof version, which delivers an amazing depth of flavor. The finished soup features lots of tender chicken pieces and classic egg noodles for a balance of textures.

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    Chicken Dumpling Soup With Greens

    Chicken Dumpling Soup with Greens

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    The comforting dumplings in this hearty soup are filled with ground chicken, ginger, green onions, and Asian sauces. They are steamed to perfection in a heavenly, Thai-style lemongrass broth with mushrooms and soy for awesome umami flavor.

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    Greek Chicken Soup (Avgolemono Soup)

    Greek Chicken Soup (Avgolemono Soup)

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    Avgolemono is a favorite holiday soup in Greece. Pasta or rice cooks in the homemade chicken broth, infusing the noodles or grains with plenty of flavor. Beaten eggs are added near the end of cooking to thicken the broth, along with lemon zest and juice to add brightness.

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    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Diana Rattray


    Say olé to this Mexican-style chicken tortilla soup that features tomatoes, lime juice, jalapeño peppers, green chiles, cilantro, green onion, carrots, and corn. It's topped with crispy, fried tortilla strips and shredded cheese to form a tasty and satisfying meal.

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  • 05 of 29

    Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

    Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

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    Matzo ball soup is a Jewish comfort food classic enjoyed during the Passover holiday. While the homemade broth cooks, you form the matzo balls—soft, fluffy, round dumplings made with matzo meal, eggs, and oil. Cook them in a separate pot of water, or go ahead and drop them directly into the bubbling stock.

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    Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

    Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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    If you like your chicken soup thick and creamy, you'll love this rich, velvety spin with heavy cream, chicken breasts, stock, and lots of vegetables. To save time, make the stock a day in advance or use good-quality store-bought chicken broth.

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    Thai Chicken Soup With Coconut Milk (Tom Ka Gai)

    Thai Chicken Soup With Coconut Milk (Tom Ka Gai)

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    This creamy Thai-style soup features the distinctive flavor that makes it a take-out favorite. The broth balances spicy, salty, sweet, and sour, and plenty of chicken meat is included in every bowl, for an eating experience that is super satisfying.

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    Tuscan-Style Chicken Soup

    Tuscan Style Chicken Soup

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    Packed with potatoes and other veggies, in addition to chicken breast, chicken stock, kale leaves, and creamy cannellini beans, this rustic Italian soup is nourishing enough to take center stage at your next meal. Just top with some grated Parmesan and fresh herbs and you're golden.

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  • 09 of 29

    Creamy Chicken Mushroom Soup

    Creamy Chicken Mushroom Soup

    Diana Rattray


    Chicken and mushrooms are a popular flavor combination that combine to wonderful effect in this creamy soup. Use prepared low-sodium chicken broth to save on cooking time. Fresh wild mushrooms or soaked dried mushrooms infuse this soup with tons of savory flavor.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Stock

    Instant Pot Chicken Stock

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    For a soup base, use your Instant Pot to create a homemade chicken stock. This recipe uses chicken wings, vegetables, and herbs. You can also use other chicken parts or a carcass and it can be frozen so it's always ready whenever you want to make soup.

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    Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

    Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    This chicken gnocchi soup recipe may taste better than the version you can order at Olive Garden. It cooks in just 30 minutes and is made with shredded chicken breast, potato gnocchi, and frozen spinach. A few herbs and vegetables ensure it's full of flavor.

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    Creole Chicken Soup With Okra and Sausage

    Creole Chicken Soup With Okra and Sausage

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    Spicy andouille sausage, poached chicken, smoky bacon bits, tomatoes, and a variety of vegetables flavor this Louisiana-style soup similar to a gumbo, but made without a roux. Serve it for dinner with warm biscuits and a green salad.

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    Country-Style Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Homemade chicken soup is so easy to make in the crockpot. Simply assemble the ingredients in the morning and come home to a warming soup that's ready for adding noodles to. Serve topped with cheesy garlic croutons.

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    Chicken Avocado Soup

    Chicken Avocado Soup (With Variations)

    The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak

    In this popular Mexican-inspired recipe, lightly-seasoned chicken broth is studded with chunks of avocado, chopped tomato, fresh cilantro, and onion, along with shredded chicken meat. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing into the broth right before eating.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph 

    Rich and flavorful chicken noodle soup from scratch in about an hour seems undoable, but it has actually never been so easy. This Instant Pot recipe creates an incredibly delicious broth filled with vegetables, shredded chicken, and tender cooked noodles, tasting like it cooked all day on the stovetop.

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    Korean Stuffed Chicken Soup With Ginseng (Sam Gae Tang)

    Korean Stuffed Chicken Soup with Ginseng (Sam Gae Tang)

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    This fragrant soup is impressive to serve and surprisingly easy to make with the right ingredients. These include chicken, chestnuts, dried dates, Korean sticky rice, garlic, ginger, green onions, and ginseng.

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    Low-Fat Cream of Chicken Soup

    Low-Fat Cream of Chicken Soup

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    If you love the rich texture and flavor of condensed cream of chicken soup, but are eating light, try this wholesome homemade version that doesn't skimp on taste. Flavorful veggies, aromatics, and fresh herbs add a great balance of flavor, while using lower fat dairy products reduces the calorie content.

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    Chicken Soup With Rice

    bowls of chicken and rice soup

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    You only need a handful of ingredients to create this kid-friendly soup that's so comforting on chilly days (or when a cold is making its way through the family). Prepared chicken broth, some chopped rotisserie chicken, a few vegetables, and white rice are all you need to cook up a pot full of liquid comfort.

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    Spicy Crock Pot Chicken Soup With Vegetables

    Spicy Crock Pot Chicken Soup With Vegetables

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    Tender chunks of boneless chicken breasts, cubed potatoes, and other vegetables are infused with plenty of flavor in this crockpot soup that adds vegetable juice to the chicken stock. It gets a kick of heat from Dijon mustard, hot pepper sauce, black pepper, and garlic powder.

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    Chinese Egg Drop Soup

    Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup

    The Spruce / Elizabeth Briskin

    Egg drop soup is a traditional Chinese comfort food that you can enjoy at home with this simply recipe. Just chicken broth, green onions, and a couple of eggs are needed, but feel free to add extra vegetables to suit your taste buds.

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    Gluten-Free Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

    Thai chicken noodle soup recipe

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    This Thai soup features rice noodles instead of wheat, so it's suitable for gluten-free diets. Coconut milk adds creaminess and lemongrass and other fresh herbs bring in lovely aromatic notes. You can add any cooked chicken you have in the fridge to make it even more filling.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

    Instant Pot chicken enchilada soup in a bowl with homemade tortilla strips.
    Diana Rattray

    All of the flavors of a filling chicken enchilada are cooked together in this Instant Pot soup. Onion, garlic, and jalapeno are sauteed and then boneless chicken, enchilada sauce, beans, corn, and seasonings are pressure cooked along with soup ingredients. The hearty soup is topped with homemade fried tortilla strips and your favorite Mexican toppings.

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    Chicken Bog

    Chicken bog ready to serve from the kettle.
    Diana Rattray

    This thick stew of chicken, smoked sausage, and rice in a flavorful chicken broth is hearty and delicious. Chicken bog is an easy recipe to scale up or down and is great at a potluck. Toss in some veggies if you like, or serve with coleslaw or salad.

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    Spanish Chicken Noodle Soup

    Spanish Chicken Noodle Soup



    This Spanish-style soup uses delicate angel hair pasta and skin-on, bone-in chicken backs to infuse the broth with a dark, rich, meaty flavor. To make it an entrée, toss some drained canned chickpeas or white beans into the broth during cooking, and double the amount of noodles.

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    5-Minute Creamy Chicken Curry Soup

    5-Minute Creamy Chicken Curry Soup

    Diana Rattray


    Yes, this chicken soup is easily made in just five minutes and the flavors are fantastic! Condensed cream of chicken soup is gussied up with some heavy cream, diced chicken, and curry powder. Open a few cans and chop up a rotisserie bird—that's all there is to it.

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    Mustard Green Chicken Soup

    Thai Style Mustard Green Chicken Soup

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    Mustard green chicken soup is a traditional Taiwanese New Year dish that makes a delicious lunch or light dinner. Just five ingredients, plus water, are needed to make a pot that features unique horseradish-mustard flavored greens (find them in Asian supermarkets).

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    Chicken Corn Potato Soup

    Chicken Corn Potato Soup

    Molly Watson


    This cozy soup with chicken, fresh sweet corn (swap in frozen when not in season), potatoes, and plenty of optional garnishes, makes a nourishing light dinner. Inspired by a Chilean soup, this recipe adds avocado as a garnish, with more ideas for variations included.

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    Japanese Chicken Soup Hot Pot (Mizutaki)

    Japanese Chicken Soup Hot Pot (Mizutaki)

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    Boneless chicken thighs are cut into bite-size pieces and simply simmered in kombu dashi soup stock, along with vegetables and tofu to form a fragrant and satisfying main dish. Serve with ponzu sauce on the side.

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    Dark Chicken Stock

    Dark Chicken Stock

    Elaine Lemm


    Also known as brown chicken stock, this restaurant-style recipe will infuse your soups and stews with powerful flavor. Cook up a pot of this well-seasoned broth, pouring in a sneaky glass of red wine or cognac as directed, and freeze in small quantities to use whenever chicken stock is needed in a recipe.