My Kitchen: Homemade Chicken Soup

November 28, 2016

Just after the temperature dropped below 40 degrees, it seemed everyone in our little family had a cold. A few days into my illness and I found myself scouring the web for homemade chicken noodle soup (with a kick).  When I stumbled upon this recipe from Baker by Nature, with ingredients like cayenne pepper and chili powder, I wasted no time and got to cooking.

The soup is amazing for a head cold, but I must admit a bit labor intensive with all the chopping.  Go easy on yourself and pick up carrots, celery, and onion pre-chopped which I’ve noticed in virtually every grocery store these days. Also, I made the mistake of going overboard with the noodles, and making more of a chicken and rice dish.  Instead, add the noodles to each bowl, versus the entire pot, and you will be guaranteed a perfect noodle to broth ratio every time.


lb chicken breast tenders

2 tbs olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp dried oregano

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp ground black pepper

3 tbs olive oil

3 large carrots, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 large onion, finely diced

8 cloves of garlic, minced

Big pinch of salt

32 oz container of chicken stock

4 cups of water

1 bay leaf

2 cups of noodles of your choice

2 lemons

1/2 fresh dill, chopped


Step One

Put chicken tenders over parchment paper in a large baking dish.  Mix spices from garlic powder to black pepper in a small bowl and sprinkle over chicken.  Cook chicken at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, flip halfway through.

chicken soup

chicken soupStep 2

Heat olive oil in a large pot, add carrots, celery, onion and cook over medium heat until the vegetables soften (8-9 minutes). Add garlic and salt, cook for one minute, and finally add bay leaf, water and chicken stock.  Bring soup to a boil, stir in noodles and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Add in cooked chicken (after cutting it into small pieces), dill and lemon juice.

chicken soup


Please don’t skip the dill and lemon!  It really adds such interesting flavor to this delicious soup. Hope this recipe keeps you feeling healthy! Check out more recipes by Ashley over at her website here.





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