Chicken soup is good for what ails you: a common cold, the blues, and plain old hunger. When the weather is meh and you and your household needs warmth in their bones and a good cheering up, get chicken soup in your weekly meal rotation.
And there are so many ways to make it! We have recipes from China, Mexico, Vietnam, and Greece, plus multiple recipes from multiple moms. We have soups with noodles, rice, tortillas, and dumplings. We have brothy soups and creamy soups. There’s bound to be a chicken soup or two in here that’ll fit your needs, whether you want a classic or a new-to-you twist. Put on a Carole King favorite, get to cooking, and turn everyone’s frown upside down.
Chicken and Rice Soup
There are a few schools of thought on chicken and rice soup. One (and the best, in my opinion) is that the rice should be cooked until it’s mushy and almost porridge-like. That’s what you get with this easy recipe, which starts with chicken breasts, raw rice, and boxed stock.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
If you want a recipe where you start with a whole chicken and end up with gallons of fabulous soup, this is the one to go for. Tip: the vital ingredient is salt. Use it generously and your soup is in no danger of blandness.
Soba Noodle Soup With Chicken and Bok Choy
Long and slender buckwheat-based soba noodles are hearty in flavor but delicate in texture. This quick soup bursts with the lively flavors of fish sauce, sweet red chili sauce, and a pop of fresh lime juice.
Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Soup
Teriyaki chicken in soup form! Soft and silky udon noodles float in a salty-sweet broth that’ll fill you with coziness upon your first sip.
Easy Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
I skulk in the grocery store looking for marked-down rotisserie chickens, the ones that are a day old. Then I bring them home to transform into lightening-fast soups like this. You can even freeze the carcass to later make into chicken stock for soups of the future. Such pleasing circularity!
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
This creamy soup takes its cues from chicken pot pie filling. Top it with seasoned oyster crackers as a nod to the pastry.
Chicken Pozole (Pozole Blanco)
The pozole you may be familiar with is pozole rojo, which is pork-based and has a robust broth made spicy and earthy with dried red chiles. This pozole is chicken-based and much lighter in color and flavor. The assortment of fresh toppings remains the same.
Chicken and Dumplings
To call this dinnertime favorite a soup is a bit of a stretch, but we include it because it’s so dang good. And also much easier to pull off than you might suspect.
Mom’s Chicken and Noodles
Amish noodles are the secret to author Sara Haas’ mother’s recipe. They cook up eggy and soft and absorb a ton of flavor from the chicken-y broth. If you can’t find Amish noodles, try dried spaetzle noodles (you can sometimes find them at ALDI).
Spicy Chicken Udon Soup
A quick marinade of gochujang plus a splash of soy sauce and sesame oil powers up this weeknight-friendly noodle soup.
Tortilla soup encompasses all the good things: avocado, crispy tortillas, tender shreds of chicken, and the flavors of a good salsa.
Creamy Chicken Soup
What makes this chicken noodle soup so creamy? There’s only a tad of cream. The rest comes from a few cans of puréed cannellini beans. It lightens up the recipe without sacrificing any of its appeal.
Instant Pot Chicken Soup
I used to simmer a whole chicken for hours when I made chicken soup from scratch. Now, I look to my IP. It’s twice as fast, with results just as classic. Add rice, noodles, or whatever carb your heart desired.
This soup is a result of the British Raj era of India, a mashup of Indian flavors with Western preferences. Though its colonial origins may be complicated, it’s very much worth making. Curry powder, diced apples, and a little cream distinguish it from the average chicken soup.
Sopa de Lima
This soup hails from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. At first glance it may look like tortilla soup, but the flavors are a whole other ballgame. Habanero peppers, a touch of cinnamon, plus a whole bunch of lime juice give it a flavor that one reader commented as “incredible.”
Matzo Ball Soup
There’s no chicken meat in this soup, but an excellent chicken stock is fundamental to an excellent matzo ball soup. These matzo balls are fluffly and light and total keepers.
Instant Pot Chicken Wing Ramen
If you have a party and there are wings left over, use them to make this incredible ramen. The cartilage from the wings yields a broth with a memorable body. Add some Buffalo sauce if you want to keep it in the spirit of game day.
Here’s a good starter pho for those who have always wanted to make it at home. The broth is aromatic with clove and coriander seed. Serve with plentiful fresh herbs.
Chicken Soup With Shiitakes and Ginger
Ginger, chicken thighs, and dried shiitakes come together to make a deeply flavored soup from a few simple elements.
Avgolemono is always tart from lemon and creamy without having any dairy, thanks to the addition of beaten eggs shortly before serving. It’s a Greek classic that you can easily make at home.
Mom’s Cold Season Chicken Soup
Here’s how our founder’s mom makes her chicken soup. If your mom’s chicken soup did not thrill you, try this one. It’s a hug in a bowl. Elise’s mom can be your honorary mom.