How To: Mummy’s Chicken Soup

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you’d know that this week has been a bit of a write-off for me because I spent the first 3 days really sick in bed. The photo above is evidence! It’s that time of year when everyone gets a cold or if you’re really lucky the flu. It seems impossible to avoid and I know so many people who have it at the moment! 

Personally, the ONLY thing that makes me better is chicken soup. And I’m not talking ready-made, or canned or any kinda ‘fake’ chicken soup… I’m talking about real Jewish penicillin. Now this is a big deal here guys, but today I’m going to share with you my family chicken soup recipe that goes back generations. So if you’re not feeling great then give this a go and I PROMISE you’ll feel better! Everyone has their own way of making it, but this is ours and I think it’s the best (everyone says that too!).

Ingredients you’ll need:
6 Chicken Thighs
2 Carrots (peeled and chopped)
1 Onion (peeled and left whole)
1 Stick of Celery (chopped)
1 Parsnip (chopped)
1 Small Turnip (chopped)
Half a Small Swede (peeled and chopped)
1 Chicken Stock Cube (we use Telma)
Salt and Pepper
Small Tomato (optional)
Stellette pasta (optional)

How To:
Fill a large saucepan with cold water and add the chicken thighs whole. 
Bring the water to the boil and skim off all the yucky stuff on the top. 
Then add all the vegetables, the stock cube, salt and pepper and a small tomato (optional).
Bring to the boil again and then cover with a lid. 
Turn down the heat and let it simmer for about an hour (or more).  
Taste and check for seasoning. At this point the chicken should be falling off the bone. 
Boil the pasta separately (as much as you like) and add it to the soup. 

I love the baby pasta if I’m having the soup as a main meal because it bulks it up a bit!

Matzo Balls (for cheaters)
Matzo balls are the fluffy balls you get in chicken soup and I LOVE them. They’re kinda like dumplings (but not slimy) and they soak up all the nice taste of the soup so they’re like little balls of chicken soup yumminess. We buy the Telmers packets, which you can get from some supermarkets depending on the area, because they are genuinely really nice and really quick to make. You just need one large egg and the packet of mix and you’re literally ready to roll! 

So that’s it. Our secret to curing everything – ok, well let’s not go that far, but it definitely made me feel better! So if you’re feeling a bit rough this weekend and want a cosy warm hug, make yourself some real chicken soup and let me know if you do – my mum will be so proud! 


Lily xx

Discuss this post

  • KatieElizabeth

    This sounds amazing!
    I will definitely be making this one weekend during winter

  • Beth Bradley

    This looks yummy! I love soup in winter!

  • Rachelle

    What a lovely post! Hope with the help of lots of chicken soup you’re better :)

    Rachelle xo

  • daniella-r

    YUM this sounds so good, I’ll be giving it a go, as I’m feeling pretty ‘under the weather’ at the moment
    Daniella x

  • Megan
  • Skye

    are you jewish? i really hope you feel better soon:) chicekn souop is perfect for cold autumn/winter days when you’re ill or if you just wanna snuggle up in bed (that’s what i’ve been doinf for the past coupla hours haha) xx

  • AlinaLoves

    Oh yum, this really sounds delicious!!

  • clay – thebeautyheroes.

    oh this sounds so lovely, making me miss my mum’s cooking ! hope you’re feeling a lot better now ! xx

  • Missy

    Thanks for the recipe I love chicken soup and gonna try it!

  • Simple Sophie

    Ah this sounds so yummy and easy to make! Hope you’re feeling better now :) ox

  • Fernanda

    This sounds good even for when you don’t have a cold! I’ll be trying this recipe out for sure! Thanks for this. xx

  • Rebecca

    You’re making my mouth water! lol I will have to try it out!

  • Natalie

    I’m rubbish at cooking. Might attempt at giving this a whirl sounds lovely for a cold afternoon!

  • Klaudia…

    Sounds yummy! Must try it soon! Hope your feeling better now <3 xo

  • Ellie

    Looks so good! Definitely the right time of year to try this recipe :)

    x Ellie @ Ellalogy 

  • Emily

    This looks so yummy!!

  • GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle

    Yum. I love my mum’s chicken soup too. Awww. You poor thing. Hope you feel better soon.

    Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

  • Amazine zine

    mmmm that sounds delicious I love making Butternut squash soup when i’m not feeling to great! Like this one

  • debby hellewell

    Hi lily, mummy lipgloss here, zoe said you had some good recipes on here so I am deffo going to try your mums chicken soup! take care hun xxx

  • Leonie Sara

    nothing beats a dose of jewish mothers chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather.
    As everyone would say “my mum’s is the best!!”
    Never heard about putting turnips or parsnip in it, but my have to give it a try!!!

  • Edel

    This sounds perfect for when you are under the weather

  • Safira A

    This is such a nice recipe. Seems so yummy and because the onion is left whole and the vegetables are chopped, it will be such an easy thing to eat (minimum chewing needed)! I can’t wait to try this out!

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