Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything except Death

Have a cold? A broken heart? It's raining outside? Try a nice, comforting bowl of Mama's Chicken Soup from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


Yes, I am the Mama who created this recipe. And it is my tried and true recipe for a bowl of warm, wholesome, pretty much perfect, chicken soupy goodness.

It has seen us through rainy days, stuffy noses, colds, the flu, and the birth of one child. It has been passed out to sick friends, comforted the heartbroken, and warded off many a chilly evening.

It makes an excellent meal when paired with cheese, fresh fruit, and, maybe some bread and butter, or you can bring a bowl of it to the living room and curl up with a good book, or a movie.

And it makes more than enough for lunches and leftovers.

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Mama’s Chicken Soup

Place a chicken (preferably a pastured, organic chicken) in a pot and cover with water. Add:

an onion (cut in half or quarters; there is no need to peel the onion, especially if it is clean and organic),

a few cloves of garlic,

sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary (if you have some),

some fresh parsley (this is important),

a few stalks of celery, with leaves,

a carrot (or any ends of carrots and peelings you might have lying around), and

a teaspoon of sea salt.

Bring the water to a boil, then let the chicken simmer for an hour or two… until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Go ahead and overcook the chicken and it will be fine, and it will give you a wonderful, nourishing broth.

When you are done cooking the chicken, remove it from the pot and let it cool a bit. Skim off or strain out all the vegetables (you’re done with them.) Return the broth to the pot.

Add to the broth:

several sweet potatoes (or one really huge one), peeled and cubed,

several white potatoes, cubed,

an onion, peeled and chopped,

several cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped,

a bunch of carrots, peeled and chopped,

a few stalks of celery, cut up,

a teaspoon of dried rosemary (if you didn’t have any fresh, or if you just want to add more rosemary), and

some more fresh parsley.

Mama's Chicken Soup // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Bring it to a boil. Cut up the chicken into bite sized pieces, and add it to the soup. (Be sure to save the bones; they have a batch of bone broth still in them!)

Cook for at least an hour. The sweet potatoes will start to break down, creating a lovely golden broth.

Serve with love.

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Is it raining outside? Do you have a cold, or a broken heart? Try a bowl of Mama's Chicken Soup from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


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21 Responses to Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything except Death

  1. Nothing like a good chicken soup recipe on hand! I usually use chicken breasts for this kind of soup. Never tried it with a whole chicken before. Will definitely try it this way next time.

  2. Vickie says:

    I love chicken soup. My mom made it for dinner often and served it with freshly baked bread. It sings ♪♫ home ♪♫ for me! My recipe is very similar to yours but without the sweet potato – hubby doesn’t like sweet potatoes, though I adore them. Maybe next time I will cook a few cubes of sweet potato separately for myself to add in later!

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Just so you know, Vickie, the sweet potatoes mush up really well… so you *might* just be able to sneak them in. 😉
      (I mean, not that I would ever do such a thing, or anything… 😉 )

  3. Jennifer says:

    This looks so good! I have never had sweet potatoes in chicken soup, but it sounds yummy! I am definitely going to have to try it. I think we could use a big pot of chicken soup at my house, our immune systems must be are zapped from the long winter, we just had a round of the stomach bug hit my two younger kids.

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  5. Love soup, and nothing like a nice bowl of chicken soup to chase away unwanted sickness, thanks for sharing once again on Real Food Fridays.

  6. Stephanie says:

    This looks delicious! I’d love for you to link up this recipe at my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here!

  7. Although it is getting warm, this chicken soup still looks enticing. I love how chunky it is.

  8. Raia says:

    I love chicken soup, though I’ve not tried it with thyme or rosemary in it. Gonna keep that in mind next time I make it! Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays!

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  10. Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! I hope you join us again next week 🙂

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple

  11. I do this too! I make my soup by boiling a whole chicken, then straining it, picking the carcass clean and adding noodles and veggies. Then the carcass gets tossed in the slow cooker and turned into bone broth. It’s a super easy, frugal way to get a ton of soup. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it 🙂

  12. This looks and sounds UH-MAZING. I will be trying it, soon! Especially with everyone already starting to get the sniffles around here!

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