Fast Chicken Soup Base

It's from scratch - and fast! With my easy formula, you can make a fresh soup du jour even on a busy weeknight.

Fast Chicken Soup Base Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Fast Chicken Soup Base for 8 servings:

  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 store-bought roast chicken
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, cut into medium dice
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into rounds or half rounds, depending on size
  • 2 large stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Fast Chicken Soup Base Cooking Instructions

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The following are the steps to cook Fast Chicken Soup Base easily:

  1. 1 Bring broth and water to a simmer over medium-high heat in a large soup kettle. Meanwhile, separate chicken meat from skin and bones; reserve meat. Add skin and bones to the simmering broth. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer until bones release their flavor, 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. 2 Strain broth through a colander into a large container; reserve broth and discard skin and bones. Return kettle to burner set on medium-high.
  3. 3 Add oil, then onions, carrots and celery. Saute until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken, broth and thyme. Bring to a simmer. (Can be refrigerated up to 3 days in advance. Return to a simmer before adding the extras of your choice.)


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 338 calories; 21.3 grams of fat; 5.8 grams of carbohydrates; 29.5 grams of protein; 91 milligrams of cholesterol; 118 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Feb 11th 2008

    Excellent - I add a bay leaf, and hand ful of parsley, and a few cloves of garlic. For a super simple soup, I just add mixed frozen veggies to the strained broth, throw in a some egg noodle ...

  2. Nov 13th 2006

    This is the first time I've ever made chicken soup "from scratch." I loved how easy it is and it is so good! A good fix for a quick dinner or for a sick family member.

  3. Apr 11th 2006

    This was a great way to make chicken soup when you don't have a lot of time. I ended up simmering for a little longer (about an hour.) Had leftover chicken from the other night and was not ...

  4. Mar 8th 2006

    This is a GREAT recipe, mostly followed to the T but used chicken base instead of broth and way more water I think I ended up using 5 quarts of water and I put noodles in it. YUMMY. Thanks f ...

  5. Mar 4th 2006

    I've tried several chicken soup recipes and this one was by far the absolute best. The only thing I did differently was that I cooked a whole chicken rather than buying a pre-cooked store-b ...

  6. Jan 18th 2006

    The quickest, easiest and best chicken soup base I ever made!

  7. Dec 15th 2005

    this is a wonderful classic chicken soup recipe. I didn't have a rotisserie chicken but buy them alot so will use this recipe for those leftovers. I used a whole chicken and skinned it fir ...

  8. Nov 12th 2005

    This is a really great soup recipe. I made it exactly as written and it came out fabulous. I also used this as a base to make Chicken Tortellini Soup With Zucchini and Tomatoes. Fabulous!

  9. Mar 24th 2005

    Delicious soup base! I add onions, carrots and a few spices when simmering, and simmer it at least twice as long as the recipe recommends. And I don't bother sauteeing the carrots and onio ...