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A Really Good Chicken Soup

We’re gearing up for some winter weather here at Tumbleweed Farm and it’s looking like we won’t be leaving our house much this coming weekend. I know many of you across the country are getting hit hard with snow storms as well so I thought I’d share this recipe for a simple chicken soup. This is one of those meals that’s just so darn cozy with its humble ingredients and familiar comforting flavor. They call it chicken soup for the soul for a reason and I think this stormy weather calls for some soul food. This recipe is a little different than most of my chicken soup recipes because I’m only using chicken breast instead of a whole bird. If I’m being honest, I usually prefer making chicken soup using the carcasses and meat from a previously roasted chicken because I believe it makes the most flavorful broth. However, we had chicken breast on hand that needed to be used up and soup sounded really good. I wasn’t prepared to be that impressed but I gotta say, this soup was simply delicious.  It’s nothing out of this world, but it’s just damn good. Served with some sourdough bread for dunking and a glass of wine it was the perfect home cooked meal. Sometimes the most humble of soups can be just what the doctor ordered. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Stay safe and cozy out there folks. Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm

A Really Good Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Serves: 4-6

  • 2 Tablespoons cooking fat (butter, ghee, bacon fat, or oil)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large leek, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • hefty pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 medium sized carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 medium-small potatoes, cut in half or quartered
  • 4 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast


  1. Heat the cooking fat in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and leek and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, crushed red pepper flakes and a fat pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes longer then add the carrots, celery and potatoes. Give the pot a good stir and cook until the veggies begin to soften a bit, about 5 minutes. Add the broth or water and bring to a boil. Add the chicken, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 10 minutes. With tongs remove the chicken to a cutting board and chop or shred it. Return it to the pot and keep warm until ready to serve. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed. (I added more crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper)


*Use this recipe as a guide and adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary

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3 thoughts on “A Really Good Chicken Soup

  1. Sinéad says:

    So delicious! I subbed some golden beet and parsnip that I had instead of potatoes and it was the perfect dinner to welcome in all the snow.

  2. organicsoul says:

    Its amazing! Thank you for sharing recipie.

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy to hear!

  3. Tara says:

    Do you use the green part of the leek, or only the white part for this soup?

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