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10 Chicken Soups to Fill Your Belly and Your Soul

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If chicken soup is the ultimate elixir for the soul, these chicken soup recipes will keep your soul fed for months to come. If you want a classic homemade chicken noodle soup recipe, it's here (my grandfather used to make it every Friday night for the entire extended family, and I don't mess with his recipe). But I've also got some fun twists and easy variations. Try them all, and be sure to write reviews.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Chicken Noodle Soup
Stephanie Gallagher
This is my grandfather's traditional recipe, starting with a whole chicken. But don't let that scare you. It's really quite simple to make. He always used thin, spaghetti-like noodles in his soup, but I think most people prefer egg noodles. Use whatever you like best. This soup makes the whole house smell wonderful as it's simmering.

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
Stephanie Gallagher
Shiitake mushrooms, ginger, soy sauce, scallions and bok choy add great Asian flavor to this recipe. This is one of my favorite soups to make when the kids aren't feeling well. It just seems to heal them from the inside.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Stephanie Gallagher
This thick and hearty chicken tortilla soup is like a meal all by itself. Condensed tomato soup, prepared salsa and rotisserie chicken give this recipe a head start, but the flavors come together to taste homemade. Fresh cilantro is the ideal finishing herb for this recipe, but if you don't care for cilantro, feel free to use parsley instead.

Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortellini Soup
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Cheese tortellini make a nice change from egg noodles in this chicken soup recipe. And because it starts with cooked chicken (you can use leftover chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken), this recipe is a cinch to prepare.

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzoh Ball Soup
Stephanie Gallagher
Once reserved for Jewish delis and Passover, matzo ball soup has made it into mainstream American cooking, and we can all be thankfull for that. This recipe is an easy version, made with chicken stock and chicken broth. If you want to add pieces of cooked chicken, that makes the soup all the richer and more tasty.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
Stephanie Gallagher
This soup is flavored with all the classic Thanksgiving seasonings: parsley, sage and thyme (you could add a little dried rosemary, too, if you like), so it smells absolutely fantastic. Serve with a crusty French bread and a green salad, and you've got a great meal.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup
Stephanie Gallagher
Jarred enchilada sauce, jalapeno peppers and chopped green chiles give this soup terrific Mexican flavor. Garnish with sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

Chicken Soup with Ramen Noodles

Chicken Soup Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
Packaged ramen noodles and rotisserie chicken make this recipe a snap to prepare. Be aware that the noodles cook quickly, so make sure the vegetables are soft before adding the noodles to the soup. Otherwise, they could become overcooked.

Chicken Tortilla Soup for the Slow Cooker

Chicken Tortilla Soup Slow Cooker Recipe
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This tomato-based chicken soup is an easy dump-and-forget recipe that tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen developing the flavors. It starts with boneless skinless chicken breasts. Prepared salsa is the secret time-saving ingredient in this recipe.
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