Traditional Jewish Chicken Soup (Jewish Penicillin)

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 15m
Ready In

"This traditional Jewish soup can be served with noodles, rice, orzo, kasha, kreplach (triangular noodles filled with chopped meat or cheese), mandlen, matzo farfel or matza balls. The boiled chicken can be used for other purposes or pieces can be added to the soup. This soup freezes well. A kosher stewing hen/chicken is used for this recipe. Plan ahead the cooked soup must be refrigerated overnight"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (651.9 g)
  • Calories 272.2
  • Total Fat - 5.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 635 mg
  • Sodium - 219.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 5.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.3 g
  • Sugars - 2.2 g
  • Protein - 47.5 g
  • Calcium - 63.6 mg
  • Iron - 6.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Trim excess fat from chicken.

Step 2

To remove excess salt from kosher chicken, soak it in cold water for 30 minutes. Rinse and drain well.

Step 3

Place chicken in a narrow, deep soup pot. Add water. (It should cover the chicken completely.) Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Skim off scum completely.

Step 4

Add carrots, celery, onions and red pepper. Cover partially and simmer gently for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add in whole garlic cloves and dill. Simmer soup for 10 to 15 minutes longer. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Step 5

Let cool completely. Strain soup. Discard skin and fat from chicken. Discard all veggies except carrots.

Step 6

Refrigerate soup overnight, then discard hardened fat from surface of soup.

Step 7

When ready to serve, heat soup on stovetop or in microwave. Just before serving, add cooked noodles (or rice or pasta) to hot soup.

Step 8

Add a piece of cooked carrot to each bowl. Garnish with fresh dill.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


What can I say? My head is heavy, nose stuffed, feeling like a steam roller ran over me and then I made this soup. I am not healed but really do feel a lot better. I used what I had on hand - a couple of chicken legs and a breast and only some dried dill. The chicken really cooked until shredded but so delish. I won't say you saved my life Kitten but you sure increased the quality of it!


review by:
(25 Jan 2014)

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