Chicken "Stoup"

November  9, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

My mother has lots of signature dishes, but one of my favorites is also one of her simplest: she calls it chicken "stoup," because it's a hearty chicken soup with more meat and veggies than broth ("Stew" plus "soup" equals "stoup" -- get it?). Over the years, I've adopted it as a staple, perfect for when the weather starts to turn chilly. My stoup has evolved to be somewhat different from my mother's -- for example, I never include potatoes, and I go pretty heavy on the lemon juice, dill and black pepper at the end. I do believe it's worth the effort of buying chicken on the bone and cooking it right in the soup before taking it off the bone in order to create a really rich, reinforced broth. Sometimes I add a little pasta -- fusilli, farfalle -- right at the end (I cook it separately in plenty of salted water, until just al dente), but that's up to you. —Merrill Stubbs

What You'll Need
  • 2 lbs. chicken pieces, on the bone (dark meat is best, but you can use a mix if you'd like)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled
  • 2 cups homemade or good quality chicken stock
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Crusty bread for serving
  1. Remove the fat from the chicken pieces, saving it if you like to make your own schmaltz or something. Put the chicken in a large soup pot. Cut one of the carrots into large chunks and add these to the pot with the chicken. Cut one stalk of celery and half the onion into similar sized chunks and add to the pot. Add the chicken stock and then enough water to submerge the chicken and vegetables. Add a generous pinch or two of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and then lower the heat so that it simmers gently. During the first 5 minutes, skim any of the foam that accumulates on the surface with a shallow spoon. Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes, just until it's firm and opaque. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil, and let the chicken cool for a few minutes while you continue to simmer the stock, partially covered.
  2. Remove the chicken from the bones and reserve the meat, returning the bones to the pot. Re-cover and simmer the stock for at least 45 minutes more. Remove the bones and the vegetables with a slotted spoon and discard, and then strain the stock through a fine mesh sieve into a clean pot.
  3. Cut the remaining carrots and celery into bite-sized chunks, and then do the same with the onion. Return the stock to a simmer and taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Add the carrots and onion to the pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the celery and cook for another 3 minutes, then stir in the dill, a good amount of lemon juice and several grindings of black pepper.
  4. When you're ready to serve the soup, tear or cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add it to the pot. Simmer for a minute or so, just until the chicken has a chance to reheat. (Be vigilant here -- this is the step that determines whether your chicken is tender or dry.) Taste once more for salt, and then serve immediately in shallow bowls with some good, crusty bread.

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6 Reviews

Amy January 14, 2018
I made this to take the chill out of my bones and it was DELICIOUS!! The only thing I did differently is add a parsnip that I wanted to get rid of. I'm wondering if this will freeze well....I have a lot leftover and would love to keep a stash on hand for when someone gets a cold.
Sylvia March 20, 2016
Made this chicken soup for dinner and it is just delicious. I was looking for a very clean, simple soup and this recipe delivered. I made minor modifications, nevertheless. I added more water to create more broth (which will need more seasonings like salt/pepper), threw some peppercorns in, and added cubed potatoes. I will definitely make this again.
Sf2oak September 10, 2012
Sounds like a pain to not cook the chicken til done ("10 min -til opaque" does not sound done to me- if you're not careful a health hazard.). Why not just start out with a greater quantity of stock and add veggies and chix to fortify?
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 12, 2011
Hasn't Rachel Ray been boasting her "Stoups" for years?
yummydoodah January 14, 2011

This looks like the chicken and chicken orzo soup from Pax… it also looks like it might be just as delicious.
lbyer123 December 6, 2010
I tie the chicken up in a cheese cloth bag when I make soup like a giant chicken "tea bag" This makes it easy to remove the chicken and all the bones without the need to strain the soup. I put the chicken into a bowl and remove the bones quite easily.