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Home-style Chicken and Vegetable Soup


Homestyle Chicken and Vegetable Soup. Photo: Dennis Evans

A perennial favourite. There’s nothing like a chicken and veggie soup to warm your body and soul on a cool autumn evening.

Recipe courtesy of Brad Wammes, Kitchen Door Catering


  • 1 whole chicken, 2.5–3 lbs (1.1–1.3 kg)
  • 16 cups (4 L) cold water
  • 1 each of diced celery stalk, carrot and onion for stock
  • 2 sprigs thyme for stock
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) salted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) oregano, chopped
  • 1 large white potato, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and roast in a baking dish at 350°F (175°C) until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (73°C). Cool.
  2. Remove skin and pick all the meat from the carcass. Place carcass, skin, thyme and stock vegetables—celery, carrot and onion—into a stock pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes. Strain.
  3. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, garlic and celery and sweat until soft.
  4. Add fresh herbs, stock and potato. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Add chicken. Season again and enjoy.

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