Ingredients

How to make it

  • In a large stockpot place the chicken, vegetables and water.
  • Tie the parsley and dill together with chef's twine and dangle the end outside the pot for when you want to fish it out.
  • Add water until everything is covered.
  • Add some salt (more added at the end to taste)
  • Bring this to a boil and then simmer for about three hours.
  • **Be sure to turn the chicken occasionally to cook evenly.
  • **Be sure to skim the foam off the top periodically.
  • Add salt and pepper to season to taste.
  • When this is done simmering you can serve up bowls of the broth plus some of the vegetables. Remove the herbs, just leave the loosened bits. The cooked chicken is great then but also makes THE tastiest chicken salad. (I love it in my already posted Easy Pasta Salad)
  • If you enjoy a hearty soup puree all of the vegetables and serve with pieces of the chicken in it for a filling meal with bread or matzoh.

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    " It was excellent "
    softgrey ate it and said...
    tis the season...
    i've got a pot of this on the stove simmering...gonna give it to my mom...it's her fave!..thx again Borinda!...xxx
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  • artist92543 4 years ago
    I ahve seen this cooked before in recipes and it always looks SOOOOO good!
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  • barbiemensher 5 years ago
    Everybody fights over the parsnip at our house so I usually add at least 3 and throw in a leek, too. I hoard the dill for myself as my "cook's treat". Now add some matzo balls and this soup is complete! Great post.
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  • pickledickle234 5 years ago
    This looks very good I promise that I will make this very soon. Looks very nice and sounds right up my alley. Thank you very much for posting this beautiful Recipe.
    God bless you and your family.

    *Kendra Cream
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    " It was excellent "
    tippystclair ate it and said...
    I found it! And I live in parsnip land! I will make this tomorrow and hopefully will be well within an hour or two.
    Thank you so much, my dear friend.
    Kath
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    " It was excellent "
    httpmom ate it and said...
    OMG...this is just like my best friend's mom in elementary school cooked it! And now I will buy the organic whole chickens from Costco and do the same. It comes in two's. One I can "Beer Can" grill and the other I can soup! Oh boy, I'm so happy!
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  • annieamie 6 years ago
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Its a really good one!
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    " It was excellent "
    noir ate it and said...
    My all time favorite soup! Thank you for the recipe, as I go to my best deli *Zaftig's* when I am feeling a cold coming on for a *care package* with Matzo Balls, a must! :)
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    SUGGESTION: For those who want a little something in their chicken soup but aren't making matzoh balls do what my mother did -- prior to serving your soup cook and drain some very thin noodles. She used to have the noodles set in a bowl on the kitchen counter and would slip them into the soup shortly before serving so they'd get hot but not get over-cooked from additional cooking time. It is the easiest answer and voila, chicken noodle soup.
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    Inteeresting twist - the dumplings. cooking's about making it good ANd personal and clearly you did. Brava!
    I'm glad your family enjoyed the soup. Deem it a hug from ours.
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    " It was excellent "
    sweetwords ate it and said...
    There was not a word spoken by my husband and dad-in-law while they ate this, which is a definite thumbs-up! Didn't find the matzo meal, so I made regular Southern dumplings (long and flat). It's just all good!
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    " It was excellent "
    sweetwords ate it and said...
    I've been thinking about looking for a good chicken soup recipe, and I may have to look no farther. Will try soon! Thanks!
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    Matzoh meal is out of season after the holidays, the mealy bugs report is not a shocker.

    I am so glad the kids are better and am certain, like you, that this was the magic cure-all. LOL
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    " It was excellent "
    linebb956 ate it and said...
    2 weeks ago my grandkids were down with earaches... had to make them jewish penecillin! It was great and they ate it all. I bought those frozen egg noodles as I was pinched for time. Seemed to have killed the earaches! Having trouble getting matzo meal here. I think I will have to order on line. The box I found had bugs!
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    " It was excellent "
    paprikamama ate it and said...
    this is so much like my families recipe...I'll have to post it so you can see....the parsnip and parsnip roots are what make it so yummy.
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  • borinda 7 years ago
    Jeri - thanks for the really nice remarks. Back in our last home in NY we lived one mile from a Pathmark. Here in Northern Ca. we cannot find items such as rendered chicken fat. For matzoh balls I have to admit to just using a boxed mix and chopping in some parsley and those turn out fine. The soup then gives so much flavor to them when they go in and it works out well.

    I am sorry you still miss your mother so deeply and hope that a little of our family's medicinal soup helps ease the ache.

    Hugs
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  • jeri817 7 years ago
    GOOD EVENING! I JUST HAD TO CHECK YOUR RECIPE AND....COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW CLOSE IT RESEMBLED MY LATE MOM'S RECIPE. THANK YOU FOR THE NOSTALGIA. I HAVEN'T MADE IT IN AWHILE, THINK NOW I MIGHT! WHAT ABOUT THE MATZO BALLS??!! AFTER PASSOVER, MY LOCAL PATHMARK TAKES ALL THE LEFTOVER MATZO MEAL, ETC. AND REDUCES IT LIKE CRAZY! I GOT THE LARGE CANS OF MEAL (NORMALLY $5.67) FOR A MERE 82 CENTS! GUESS I'LL BE MAKING ALOT OF MATZO BALLS! NO PROBLEM, MY KIDS LOVE 'EM! TAKE CARE, THANKS AGAIN
    JERI
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  • darbar 7 years ago
    Hey Softie, this sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna try it on a rainy day someday!
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    " It was excellent "
    linebb956 ate it and said...
    This looks and sounds wonderful.. BUT.. do you have the matzoh recipe? That would be great.
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    " It was excellent "
    softgrey ate it and said...
    hahaha!!!...
    i made this today and it is FANTASTIC!!!...

    it's warm and cozy and nourishing and flavourful and just perfect!
    i am so excited...
    i had to go out and came home to a house that just smelled like everything good...

    i've got most of it nicely stacked in individual containers in my freezer so i can have it handy whenever i feel the need to have something that tastes good that is good for me...

    now that i have done this...
    it will be part of my regular repertoire...

    i can't thank you enough borinda!
    there just isn't anything like it!...

    i still can't believe how perfect it is...
    i should have taken pictures...
    i will post some later...

    xxx
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