Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

Updated on December 12, 2019
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I am a home cook who likes to share recipes I think others will enjoy.

My chicken vegetable soup is hearty and delicious.
My chicken vegetable soup is hearty and delicious.

My Quick and Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup

I lived as a single person for many years and developed a love of homemade soups during that time. Although I didn't want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking, canned soups and mixes weren't satisfying. Despite a bit of extra effort to cook my own, I wanted to avoid the high salt content of soups bought off the shelf and get the flavor boost that fresher contents could bring.

Although beef vegetable soup is what I grew up with, it's the chicken variety that I grew to love later. The recipe I'm sharing here is one that I developed based on things I learned from other recipes over the years. I've made the quantities large enough to serve at least three to four people; for singles, there will simply be leftovers.

I enjoy this soup both with chicken and without, as a simple, meatless vegetable soup. With the chicken, it's hearty; without it's an extremely quick and easy vegetable soup recipe. I hope you'll give it a try to let me know what you think.

Chopped vegetables
Chopped vegetables | Source

What You'll Need

This chicken vegetable soup recipe requires just a little chopping and very few tools.

Necessary Equipment

  • Vegetable peeler and knife
  • Cutting board
  • 2-quart saucepan or pot


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium-sized russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced, or 1/3 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 3/4 cup peas, green beans, or baby lima beans (frozen or fresh)
  • 3/4 cup corn (frozen or fresh) or diced yellow pepper
  • 1 tablespoon thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 32 to 38 ounces chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • Salt, pepper, and parsley
  • 1/2 chicken breast, poached and shredded (optional)

How to Poach Chicken

  1. In a saucepan, add water and bring it to a simmer.
  2. Add chicken and make sure it's covered by the simmering water.
  3. Simmer the chicken for 15 minutes.

Shortcut: If you have very limited time, just buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and tear off the meat into small pieces to make your soup.



This is quick and easy.

  1. Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Add onion and celery. Sauté over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes to soften.
  3. Add flour and stir, cooking for about 1 minute.
  4. Add chicken stock gradually while stirring.
  5. Add vegetables and thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for approximately 25 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, add in shredded chicken at this point (if using), stir in cream, season with salt and pepper to taste and allow to heat through for 3 or 4 minutes.
  7. Serve and garnish with chopped parsley.

Serving Suggestions

This soup can be served as part of a meal (usually without the chicken) or as the main course of a lighter meal. I typically eat mine for lunch and simply have it with one of the following:

  • Buttery crackers
  • Crusty Bread
  • Small Caesar side salad or another basic green salad
  • A simple sandwich (or half sandwich) such as a BLT, grilled cheese, etc.

If You Tried This Recipe, Please Rate It

5 stars from 1 rating of Chicken Vegetable Soup

© 2009 Christine Mulberry


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    • Vinodkpillai profile image


      7 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I came here by clicking the link on your squidoo lens (Homemade vegetable soup). As an occasional cook and an all-time lover of good food, I have a weakness for all traditional recipes and those that are a product of years of experience. I am bookmarking these recipes so that one of these days, I can try them out. Thanks for sharing!

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      Floina Nyokana 

      8 years ago


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      Ocean Freight 

      8 years ago

      A very nice and good blog. Thanks for the recipe..

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      9 years ago

      Well, I've lived a single life so long it looks like self sufficiency in the kitchen has saved the day. Loved the simplicity of this recipe. It will be a favorite through what looks like a long snowy winter in the mountains. Thanks,


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      9 years ago

      This was a Fantastic soup!! I made this for my husband and all of his friends and they said that this was the best soup that they ever had! They loved it so much there wasn't a bite left to eat. The pan was empty!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for your recipe. Chicken soup has healing properties, they say.

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      10 years ago

      Easy to make. Smells so delicious when I cook the onions and celery... mmmm.

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      Tony McGregor 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Soul food! Love chicken soup and this looks delicious.

      Love and peace


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      10 years ago from Florida

      I'm going to make this soup. It sounds so delicious. I love soup!

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      10 years ago

      I just made this soup tonight for my husband and was so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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      10 years ago

      I LOVED this soup. Reminds me of chicken pot pie without the shell.

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      10 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      This recipe looks really good. I've been looking for a chicken vegetable soup recipe for some time. Lots of regular veggies (hubby is so fussy) so I have favored & will definitely try in the cooler weather. Thanks! Well presented.

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      11 years ago

      I just made this recipe & it was excellent. Very easy & very very yummy.

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      11 years ago

      This would go great in my recipe blog. There is nothing like soup! This looks yummy! Give me the OK and I will add it with the recipe and pictures and a link back here.

      Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!

    • irenemaria profile image


      11 years ago from Sweden

      Chicken soup three times a day - that keeps the doctor away!

      Lovely recipe - thank you so much

    • ThePartyAnimal profile image


      11 years ago

      What a yummy Hub!!! Soup is good food!!!


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