Amanda's Chicken Soup Recipe

Amanda's Chicken Soup Recipe

It’s important to provide your senior loved one with healthy, simple and affordable meal options and recipes.

Homewatch CareGivers recommends preparing the following recipe — submitted by Amanda Berthod, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach — for your loved one while you care for them, possibly for after surgery home care.


  • 1 pound chicken parts
  • 2 stalks celery, including leafy tops, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 whole chicken, thoroughly rinsed
  • Sea salt to rub inside the chicken
  • 1 large whole onion, unpeeled (find one with a firm, golden-brown peel)
  • 1 large whole carrot, peeled
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • 1 bunch dill, cleaned and tied with a string


1. Pour 12 cups of cold water into a large stockpot, and throw in the chicken parts and celery. Bring to a boil. While the water is heating, rub the inside of the whole chicken with salt.

2. Add the chicken to the pot; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Test the chicken with a fork to see if it’s tender and fully cooked, then remove it from the pot and set it aside on a large platter. Leave the chicken parts in the pot.

3. Add the onion, carrot, parsnip, salt and pepper. Let the soup simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

4. When the chicken cools, remove the skin and bones, and cut into bite-sized pieces. You can add it to the soup just before serving, or save it for chicken salad or a subsequent meal.

5. Strain the soup, and discard everything solid except the carrot.

6. Drop in the dill for a minute before serving, then remove. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Slice the carrot and toss it into the soup. Also add the chicken pieces if desired. Other options: Add cooked noodles, rice, kasha or matzo balls.

Freeze leftover soup for future meals.

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