Best Chicken Soup Recipe Made with Homemade Bone Broth

The Best Chicken Soup is made from scratch, using whole roasted chicken, vegetables, and broth made from the bones.  It's the quintessential favorite winter comfort food, and for curing whatever ails you.

You can always prepare a batch of bone broth in advance so that the soup comes together quickly.  I used to save all the bones up in the freezer until ready to use.  These days, I do it all at once, the day after enjoying a Roast Chicken dinner.

According to Chinese Dietary Therapy, by Liu Jilin, chicken has a sweet flavor, warm nature, and propensity for the spleen and stomach channels.  It warms the middle burner, nourishes the spleen, and enriches the Qi and blood.  It's used to treat deficiency conditions, including persistent illness, or edema caused by a weak spleen and kidney essence.

I am sure you will agree, that the BEST Chicken Soup is made in your own kitchen, from scratch ~ however ~ feel free to use store bought broth if you don't want to mess around with making a broth from the bones.

The Best Chicken Soup recipes can be modified using turkey, and by adding sweet or regular potatoes, winter squash, or any other of your favorite vegetables.

Preparing The Best Chicken Soup Using Leftover Roast Chicken


  • 1  3-4 pound chicken, roasted
  • 2 tsp. ghee, XVOO, or other cooking fat
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • White or black pepper
  • 2 tsp. sweet curry or turmeric
  • Cut up chicken meat ~ I use 400-500g of chicken meat for the two of us to have a meal of the soup
  • One cup pumpkin puree


When roasting a whole chicken, debone all the meat and save the entire carcass.  

The next day, when ready to prepare a soup, place the carcass and any bones into a pressure cooker. (We love this old school, reliable pressure cooker, but these days many people also like using electric Insta Pots.  Look for my top recommended kitchen cookware and specialty foods at the LF Kitchen Shop.)

Cover bones with water (about 2 quarts of water) and add 6 inch piece of kelp or kombu.  Let cook under pressure for about 1 hour.  

Meanwhile, in a separate soup pot, add cooking fat.  When hot, add onions, and let cook a few minutes before adding remaining vegetables.  

Add curry powder or turmeric, and pepper.  Stir, cooking until vegetables are tender. 

If using a pressure cooker for the bone broth, remove from heat after about 45-55 minutes.  DO NOT open until it has fully come down from pressure and is no longer hissing.  

Add chicken to the vegetables, then strain broth and add enough to cover the chicken.  Add pumpkin, stir, and let heat through.

Use the whole chicken for the best chicken soup!
The Best Chicken Soup is made w/ whole roasted chicken. This variation has a little sweet curry & pumpkin

If you already have bone broth, or if using store bought broth, the rest is a breeze:

Sauté vegetables as above.  Add seasoning.

Add broth, then chicken.

Bring up to a boil, then reduce to simmer for a few minutes.

Follow the basic bone broth recipe to learn how to further fortify your broth and Chicken Soup with various herbs, including GoJi Berries, Astragalus Root, and Angelica Root  to help nourish the liver, build blood and/or boost the immune system.


Vegetables, such as turnips and potatoes, or fresh herbs, including parsley and basil or other greens, can also be added to boost the nutrition.  Celery is good when there is fluid retention and edema. 

The BEST Chicken Soup uses YOUR favorite herbs, seasonings and vegetables to help soothe your soul and warm your heart!

According to Chinese Dietetics, chicken soup with carrots, celery, and onion is helpful to take at the early stages of a cold, or what is referred to as a wind-cold invasion.  

Chicken and onion have a warming nature, balanced by the cool nature of celery.  Combined they help break up stagnation in the lungs and chest, while carrots are good for arresting a cough.

The Best Chicken Soup Recipe Variations

White or ruby sweet potatoes or butternut squash adds a nice sweetness, and makes a thicker, creamier broth
Similar to Chicken Soup, using leftover turkey instead

  1. Add chopped fresh parsley, scallions, or other vegetables including red bell pepper, sliced baby bok choy, or chopped cabbage

  2. Add dried thyme and oregano to the recipe above, in addition to or in lieu of the curry or turmeric, or sub those seasonings, and use minced or grated and squeezed ginger and crushed garlic

  3. Spice it up with a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce added at the end

  4. For added minerals, add a little piece of crumbled alaria, or wakame seaweed to the broth while bringing it to a boil.  (I add a 6+ inch piece of kelp or kombu when preparing bone broth)

  5. I really love adding separately sautéed onions to the soup.  Sauté an entire sliced onion, (sweet onion is best) in 1 tbsp. butter, ghee, olive oil, or other fat, then stir into the soup just before serving.

Saute onions separately in xvoo + butter or ghee ~ or either/or ~ then add to soup for a delicious rich flavor

Want to boost your protein + the nutritional benefits of collagen which supports healthy hair, skin, and nail growth, but don't have the time, nor inclination to prepare bone broth?  

Add 1 tablespoon of bulk beef gelatin, (I like Zen Principle Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin Powder with type 1 & 3 collagen, or the others, shown below).  Stir 1 tablespoon per serving into cold water, then add to the broth.

Prefer a sweet treat made with gelatin? Check out Jello Recipes here, with more in Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet available here on Kindle.

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