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There’s a valid reason they say chicken soup is good for the soul! We have a handful of our best chicken soups (stovetop & slow cooker) that we love, all compiled into this one-stop collection.

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Chicken Soup is Good for the Soul

Cream-based, broth-based, vegetables, pasta, or rice—no matter the ingredients, soup is definitely an easy go-to meal, especially on a chilly winter day.

Doesn’t it warm you up just thinking about it? There’s a reason chicken soup is always the first thing people think of to cure a cold; not only is it nutritious, but it’s comforting as well!

Whether you’re in a hurry and need a quick dinner ready in 30 minutes, or you need to throw everything in a slow cooker so it’s ready in a few hours, we have all of the best chicken soups you could dream of!

King Ranch Chicken Soup topped with crispy tortilla strips and jalapeno pepper slices in a white bowl.

Tips for Chicken Soup

Serving sizes. If you are planning to serve the soup as a meal, plan for 1½ cups per person. When serving soup as an appetizer, you should plan 1 cup per person.

Chicken broth vs stock. Chicken broth is made from simmering water with chicken and vegetables. Homemade chicken stock also uses chicken and vegetables, but includes the bone in the simmer. That is why chicken stock is also called bone broth.

Stock requires a longer cooking time and is typically thicker in texture than broth. They can be used interchangeably.

Precooked shredded chicken. Many of the chicken soups call for precooked chicken. I have a great recipe that can be found HERE. You can also use canned chicken, leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken for an easy protein option.

  • Some recipes call for adding raw chicken and other recipes call for cooked chicken. It’s important to follow what the recipe asks for so that the chicken cooks properly and the overall soup turns out well.
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs can be used in place of boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Homemade chicken pot pie soup in a white bowl.

Additional Ingredient tips

  • Aromatics are used to flavor soups. Ignite the flavors of onions, bell peppers, garlic, and celery by sautéing them on medium-high heat with a bit of oil and butter before adding to the soup.
  • Veggies. Be mindful that different veggies cook at different rates. Add thicker vegetables, like carrots and potatoes first and wait to add smaller tender vegetables, like peas, until later in the cooking time.
  • Chopping. Make sure when chopping that you make all the ingredients spoon/bite-sized.
  • Adding cream. Avoid adding cold cream to the hot soup as it may curdle. Warm the cream first before adding it to the soup.
Chicken dumpling soup in a white bowl.

Change the Texture

One of the most common questions when it comes to soup is how to thicken it up, or thin it out.

Both are actually quite easy:

To thin. Simply add a little more liquid like water or broth until you get your desired texture.

To thicken.

  • Add more cream.
  • Add more cheese.
  • Make a roux with flour. In a separate bowl add 1-2 tablespoons of soup and an equal amount of flour. Stir and then add back to the soup. Repeat if necessary.
  • Add cornstarch. In a separate bowl add 1 tablespoon cold water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Mix until smooth and then add to the soup. Repeat if necessary.
Green Chili Chicken Soup topped with avocado slices in a white bowl with a black rim.

Bland to Flavorful

  • Spices. Homemade chicken soup recipes tend to go well with basil, bay leaf, curry powder, dill, garlic, mace, marjoram, onions, paprika, parsley, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg.
  • Using fresh herbs. If a recipe calls for dried herbs and you are lucky enough to be growing fresh parsley, fresh dill, or any other fresh herb in a kitchen garden you can substitute 1 teaspoon of dried herbs with 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs. 
  • Acidity. Add lemon juice or lime juice to brighten up the flavor.
  • Spice. If your soup gets too spicy or acidic add brown sugar or coconut cream to help cut through the harsh flavor and add a hint of sweetness.
  • Salt. Add the amount of salt a recipe calls for. At first, the soup may not taste salty enough, but some of the liquid will evaporate while simmering and the flavors will become more pronounced. Taste the soup as it finished.
    • If it needs more salt, then go ahead and add a bit more.
    • If your soup is too salty, add a bit more liquid such as water or broth. You can also add potatoes, rice, or pasta which will help absorb the salt.

Best Chicken Soup Recipes

These best chicken soups are all relatively quick since they are made on the stovetop. Some of them do require a few more ingredients or longer simmer time than the “30-minute” soups. Some are cream based and some have a broth base, but all are delicious!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup is one of the easiest, tastiest recipes full of chicken breast chunks, celery, carrots, and home-style egg noodles.

1 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 30 votes
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

The BEST slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is filled with chunks of chicken, beans & corn. It is easy to make and full of flavor!

2 Chicken Tortilla Soup

Main Course, Soup Chicken Tortilla Soup
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 380 votes
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Caldo de Pollo

Hearty and delicious Caldo De Pollo is a homey chicken soup filled with Mexican spices and flavors. It is warm, comforting, and SO yummy!!

3 Caldo de Pollo

Soup Caldo de Pollo
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 7 votes
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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This chicken gnocchi soup is so hearty and so flavorful. It is filled with chicken, carrots, spinach, broccoli and gnocchi! It’s perfect all year long and is bound to be a new favorite.

4 Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 17 votes
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This creamy, delicious chicken pot pie soup can be made on the stovetop or in a crock pot! It has all your favorite vegetables, big chunks of chicken, and even a delicious heart-shaped pie piece on top.

5 Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 15 votes
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Chicken And Rice Soup

Creamy homemade chicken and rice soup is hearty & flavorful. Best of all, it’s on the table in just 30 minutes!

6 Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Rice Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Chicken Dumpling Soup

Our all-time favorite version of one of the most classic soup recipes – Chicken and dumplings! This simple, delicious soup is filled with chunks of chicken and pieces of biscuit, along with your favorite veggies!

7 Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 81 votes
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Chicken Alfredo Soup

Chicken alfredo tortellini soup takes a best-loved pasta dish and turns it into a soup! It’s still creamy and delicious!!

8 Chicken Alfredo Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Alfredo Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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King Ranch Chicken Soup

King ranch chicken soup is savory and delicious. This twist on a classic brings all the flavor to the table in under 30 minutes.

9 King Ranch Chicken Soup Recipe

Soup King Ranch Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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White Chicken Chili

If you’re looking for a hearty soup recipe, look no further than this delicious white chicken chili recipe! Loaded with chicken, beans, cheese, and lots of spices, this white chili has become a new favorite!! Best of all, it’s ready in 30 minutes or less!

10 White Chicken Chili Recipe

Soup White Chicken Chili Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 160 votes
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Easy Chicken Soup Recipes

All of these soups are made on the stovetop, but they can be ready in 30 minutes or less!

I rely heavily on recipes like this during the busiest times of the year. Not only are they great for busy school days, but also for holidays, church gatherings, and even baby and wedding showers.

Mexican Chicken Corn Soup

Delicious Mexican chicken and corn soup filled with chicken, corn, tomatoes, cheese, & lots of seasonings! This chicken corn soup recipe is so simple and can be made in 20 minutes!

11 Mexican Corn Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Mexican Corn Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.96 from 25 votes
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Chicken Corn Chowder

A hearty and delicious chicken corn chowder filled with all the best ingredients – chicken, potatoes, corn, carrots, cheese and more! The whole family loves this thick and creamy chowder.

12 Chicken Corn Chowder

Soup Chicken Corn Chowder
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Such a tasty and simple recipe – this chicken wild rice soup is filled with long grain and wild rice, chicken, carrots, almonds and more!

13 Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

creamy Wild rice soup with chicken in bowl
Soup Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup

One of your favorite Italian dishes turned into a delicious soup! This cheesy chicken parmesan soup is a creamy tomato-base soup filled with chicken, penne pasta, and of course cheese. The best part – it comes together in less than 30 minutes!

14 Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup Recipe

Main Course Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes

Buffalo Chicken Soup

All the flavors of your favorite appetizer are contained in this delicious buffalo chicken soup. It’s so hearty and tastes just like buffalo wings!

15 Buffalo Chicken Soup Recipe

Soup Buffalo Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup tastes just like the restaurant’s version. It is filled with chicken, tomatoes, cheese and red enchilada sauce and is so flavorful and delicious!

16 Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Main Course, Soup Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 221 votes
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Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipes

These might not be quick, but they sure are convenient when you need to prep a yummy dinner in advance. Most of these call for precooked chicken, as I mentioned earlier, so you just have to dump the remaining ingredients and go!

CrockPot Chicken Stew

A simple, convenient, and TASTY stew recipe made in the crock pot! Made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and more, this creamy slow cooker chicken stew recipe is BURSTING with flavor!!

17 CrockPot Chicken Stew Recipe

Soup CrockPot Chicken Stew Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 38 votes
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Chicken Florentine Soup

With a combination of chicken, potato, white beans, carrots, spinach and more, this Chicken Florentine Soup is hearty and absolutely delicious. It tastes similar to Olive Garden’s recipe, but it’s made in the slow cooker!

18 Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Chicken Taco Soup

A warm tasty soup full of chicken, beans, corn, spices, and of course – tortilla strips on top! You’re going to love this hearty, delicious chicken taco soup that can be enjoyed all year long – especially in the fall!

19 Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Taco Soup Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 42 votes
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Green Chili Chicken Soup

Perfectly spiced green chili chicken soup is like an enchilada in soup form! It’s hearty, delicious, and is always a crowd pleaser.

20 Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 56 votes
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Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Crock pot green chile enchilada soup is a new favorite soup packed with chicken, green chiles, corn, rice, and mixed with lots of spices and cheeses. 

21 Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 155 votes
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Healthy Chicken Soup Recipes

Hearty, delicious chicken soups can also be good for you. These recipes are tasty, easy to make, and healthy too!

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing like a warm bowl of tortilla soup on a chilly winter day! This lighter version of chicken tortilla soup is healthy, flavorful, and packed with delicious ingredients.

22 Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
4.99 from 54 votes
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Bright and hearty homemade lemon chicken orzo soup is swimming in a flavorful broth. This lemon chicken orzo soup can’t be beat.

23 Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

Soup Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Italian Chicken Vegetable Soup

Hearty Italian chicken vegetable soup is packed full of flavor. It’s is a great lightweight soup option perfect for any day of the year!

24 Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Soup Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Chicken Corn Soup

Homey chicken corn soup is savory & delicious. It is hearty, filling and only takes 10 minutes of prep time!!

25 Chicken Corn Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Corn Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 14 votes
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Mexican Soup

Filling and flavorful Mexican soup is packed with chicken, beans, and veggies with just a little bit of heat!!

26 Mexican Soup Recipe

Soup Mexican Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 8 votes
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dELICIOUS CHICKEN SOUPS

Whether you are looking for a delicious chicken soup to make in your slow cooker or on your stovetop, you’re sure to find the perfect quick and easy Soup recipe on this list!

More Collections: Winter Soups, Mexican Chicken Recipes, Summer Soups

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15 Comments

  1. Sharina says:

    Buffalo chicken soup is the best! I’m excited to try the others.

  2. jess says:

    this is amazing! all the best flavors for cozy season coming up, and I cannot wait to make them! that chicken gnocchi soup is going to be my favorite, I can already tell

  3. Journa Liz Ramirez says:

    These chicken soup recipes are amazing! I haven’t tried them all yet but so far Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup is my favorite, it is so flavorful and yummy!

  4. Olivia says:

    I love all your soups! Don’t know where to begin. I really like soup with chicken. It seems healthier. Got to give them all a try.

  5. Eden says:

    Can’t wait to make these all winter long! The chicken tortilla was a fave!!

  6. April says:

    Yum! I love a good chicken soup – just made some yesterday! Can’t wait to try each and every one of these!

  7. Kara says:

    We love soup at our house, and there are so many recipes on this list that I haven’t tried yet. Can’t wait to get started, they all look delicious!

  8. Joy says:

    Your chicken tortilla soup is my favorite!! I look forward to trying more!! They are always so delicious!!

  9. Judy Klamer says:

    5 stars
    Hello there! I found you almost a year ago. I just love your content. It makes you feel like home.The first one i ever tried was your white chicken chili. I was hooked after that. You just get a good feel for all the amazing ideas. There’s nothing better with family then good food, good people sitting around a dinner table. Just wanted to give a big thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and home ideas. Stay blessed and happy!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awe, that is so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much for sharing that!! Have a great week!

  10. marie johson says:

    5 stars
    This easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe is healthy, satisfying, and tastes incredible. thanks for sharing