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Upstate Chicken Soup Recipe

We've spent years trying to perfect our go-to recipe for hearty chicken soup. We've settled on this version, which involves a quick cheat (rotisserie chicken). To us, it's a good trade-off to save time while preserving the integrity of the soup.


- 1 rotisserie chicken

- 4-5 carrots

- 4-5 stalks of celery

- 1 large yellow onion (or two small ones)

- 2-3 scallions

- 4 garlic cloves

- 1/4 cup fresh dill

- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

- 2 tablespoons butter

Step 1: Pull the chicken off the rotisserie chicken (save half for the soup and half for another meal). Save ALL the bones and skin from the chicken.

Step 2: Rough chop 2 carrots , 2 stalks of celery, 2 garlic cloves, and 1-2 scallions. Cut the large yellow onion in half and then quarter it (saving the other half for later).

Step 3: In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter and then brown the carrots, celery, onions, scallions, and garlic for about 4-5 minutes. Then add the rotisserie chicken carcass and any excess bones/skins that came off during pulling. Stir for about 3 minutes and then add about 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth. Then add 3-4 cups of water.

Step 4: Add 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon turmeric and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 60-90 minutes. When we're in a rush, we simmer for 60 minutes, but if you've got time, 90 minutes leads to tastier soup.

Step 5: While the broth is simmering, fine chop the remaining carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Rinse and dry the dill and cilantro and then chop that up as well.

Step 6: After the 60-90 minute mark, place a colander into another stock pot and then transfer the soup. CAREFUL of splashing, as the soup should be piping hot. Try to salvage as much broth as possible by shaking the colander.

Step 7: Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to the soup and bring it to a rolling simmer for 45 minutes.

Step 8: When there's 20-30 mins left of simmering, add in the diced cilantro and dill.

Step 9: When plating the soup, add in any noodles or rice that you may have cooked.


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