16 Chicken Soups That Push the Envelope

October  8, 2015

Let's face it: It's really hard to not like chicken noodle soup; it's really hard not to crave it when the tips of our noses start to get cold outside, when we're feeling tired and sniffly, when we're hunkering down for the winter months and want something brothy and chicken-y and good

You are going to eat a lot of chicken soup this winter—so you should try a lot of them.

Because many cuisines, it seems, cannot resist the brothy pull of chicken soup, each has its own version. So whether your chicken soup is simple, spicy, lemony, or tomato-ey, try a new kind this season. And then try another. You have the rest of the cold months to work through a world of chicken soups, so let's get started:

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Belgian Chicken Waterzooi by MarieGlobetrotter


Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter by Nicholas Day


Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup by foxeslovelemons


Reform Jewish Penicillin by drbabs

Jewish Penicillin from Food52


Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup by hardlikearmour


Abuela's Sopa de Avena con Pollo (Grandma's Chicken and Oat Soup) by nycnomad

Chicken and oats from Food52


Khao Soi (Northern Thai Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup) by casey_


Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai) by thaifoodie

Thai Coconut Chicekn Soup from Food52


Chicken Orzo Soup by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast


 Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup by jessie schupack

Mexican soup from Food52


Turkey Pho by WinnieAb 

Turkey Pho from Food52


Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup by dymnyno 

Posole from Food52


Chicken "Stoup" by Merrill Stubbs 

CHICKEN stoup from Food52



Tomatillo Tortilla Soup by Elizabeth Stark


Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzoh Ball Soup by Joan Nathan

Matzoh Ball Soup from Food52


Greek Lemon Soup -- Avgolemono by ChristineQ

Avogolemno from Food52

What's your favorite take on chicken soup? Are you a traditionalist when it comes to the stuff? Tell us in the comments below!

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Donna C. February 2, 2017
When I'm too busy to make broth from scratch I open a tetra box of store bought broth and add 1 star anise, 4 whole black pepper corns and a bit of green or white onion, let simmer while prepping all other ingredients. Then stain broth into another pot and continue on with my other ingredients.
Perks up those otherwise bland boxed broths.
Debbie E. March 20, 2014
I love soup, no matter what colour.
Louis T. February 2, 2014
I love soup also and I don't feel I care if there are nine six or 100 thanks for the reci[pes.
Abasilim C. October 28, 2013
These look good.
DanaYares October 27, 2013
That's only nine...
karmaya October 27, 2013
maybe this sill be #10: my version of middle eastern spicy chicken soup: 2-3 T oilive oil into large pot; saute chicken pieces, extra large chunks of potato & carrot, several whole peeled garlic cloves; add 1 T tumeric, 1 t cumin, salt, pepper to taste, and some chili (green fresh, sliced in half, seeded, or pure chili powder or dried chili flakes, your call) to taste; careful not to burn garlic. Add "soup greens) (parlsey, celery, parsnip, onion, etc) and water to cover all. Simmer gently for about an hour or until chicken is cooked and broth is tasty. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
karmaya October 27, 2013
and please excuse my atrocious typos! :o)
Pamela's K. February 8, 2015
I am going to use this today! Thank you for posting.
pamela W. October 27, 2013
Yup, there are only nine; l_Fortuna is correct!
Joanne October 27, 2013
I love soup anytime of the day!
I_Fortuna October 27, 2013
Where is soup number 10? Did I miss it? I only counted 9. They all look great!
Shalini October 27, 2013
Oh god these look so good in these damp, windy times!