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Best Chicken Soup

Tips for making a truly amazing chicken soup with ultra flavorful broth containing loads of tender chicken that's perfectly cooked. Served with carrots, avocado and cilantro, this is a modern and refreshing take on the classic chicken soup.
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine American, Best
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 serving


  • 1500 grams whole chicken
  • 1 medium onion (cut into wedges)
  • 3 cloves garlic (smashed with flat side of knife)
  • 2 ribs celery (leaves and stems, chopped)
  • 1 small bunch cilantro (stems and roots)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 large carrots (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 avocado
  • cilantro (for serving)
  • lime (for serving)


  • Put the chicken in a stock pot just big enough to hold it. Scatter the onion, garlic, celery, cilantro, bay leaves and salt around the chicken. Cover the chicken with water, put a lid on the pot, and bring it to a boil over high heat. Continue boiling for 5 minutes. Then, turn off the heat, allowing the chicken to poach in the water for 45 minutes (don't open the lid during this time).
  • When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the stock and allow it to cool off enough to touch. Remove and discard the skin, then strip the meat off the bones into bite size pieces. Cover the chicken and refrigerate until the soup is done.
  • Return the bones back into the stock pot along with any collected juices from the chicken. Cover, and return the soup to a boil. When it boils, turn down the heat and simmer for 3 hours.
  • Strain the stock through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids. Skim off any excess oil then add the soup back to the pot along with the carrots. Cook the carrots until tender and salt the soup to taste.
  • To serve, put down some chicken, carrots and avocado in a bowl. Pour the hot stock over everything and garnish with cilantro and a wedge of lime.