Jewish Mother Chicken Soup Recipe

by Miri
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This is the classic chicken soup eaten on Shabbos and Jewish holidays in homes around the world. There are many variations on this recipe, and a lot of the ingredient amounts are "to taste". This is my mother-in-law's recipe, which is the consensus favorite in my neighborhood.

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Servings: 10


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  • 2-3 lbs. of chicken (necks, thighs, or a whole chicken--depending on what you use, the taste will be different; its really a matter of preference)
  • 12 cups of water
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut in rounds
  • 1-2 parsinps. peeled and cut up
  • 1-2 onions, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, scored
  • several sprigs of parsley
  • several sprigs of dill
  • 3 T. Chicken consomme
  • salt and pepper to taste: start with 1 T. of salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  • Optional:
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 zuchinni
  • 1 turnip


  1. Place chicken in pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Skim fat if desied (many people like the extra flavor of the fat)
  4. Add the the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Stir soup till chicken consomme is dissolved
  6. Cook on low flame for at least two hours. (the longer the soup cooks the more flavorful it will be.)
  7. After 2 hours, taste soup and add more salt and pepper, if desired
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 413g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 190  
Calories from Fat 105 55%
Total Fat 11.69g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.34g 13%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Potassium 273mg 8%
Total Carbs 5.64g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 4%
Sugars 2.17g 1%
Protein 14.94g 24%


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