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10 Great-For-You Chicken Soup Makeovers

By , Bryn Mooth
Chicken soup has seemingly mystical properties; moms swear by its ability to cure anything that ails you.
While its medicinal attributes are still being tested, the Mayo Clinic does report that chicken soup can reduce inflammation and speed up the loosening of mucus in the nose and sinuses, which makes it a good-for-you remedy when you’re not feeling well. Add in some spice (like ginger or chile), for more relief of that stuffed-up feeling that comes with a cold. Plus, a batch of homemade chicken soup tastes a whole lot better than over-the-counter cold medicines.
Try these alternatives to classic chicken-noodle soup next time you’re under the weather—or you just want something to eat that’s warm, comforting and delicious.
Chicken Stock
Any good homemade chicken soup starts with good stock. For store-bought chicken stock, we recommend Swanson’s low-sodium organic chicken broth. But really, it’s so easy to make your own homemade stock that you should try this recipe—make a big batch and store it (in 3- or 4-cup containers) in the freezer for soup-making.
Basic Chicken Noodle Soup
We’ll start with this simple recipe for chicken noodle soup. It has everything you want: chunks of chicken, carrots, celery and slurp-able noodles.
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
Chicken coconut soup is a favorite on Thai restaurant menus, but it can pack more calories and sodium than you might expect. This sweet and spicy soup is super easy to make at home. 
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
You’ll love this easy recipe for chicken tortilla soup, with corn and black beans for extra nutrition and protein. Just dump the ingredients into your slow cooker and turn it on; garnish the soup with broken baked tortilla chips.
Gingery Chicken Noodle Soup
This will be a chicken soup you’ll crave when you’re not feeling your best. Increase the amount of fresh ginger that the recipe calls for if you need an extra kick of spice.
Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup
Another easy-to-make slow-cooker soup recipe, this creamy chicken soup boasts healthful brown rice, portobello mushrooms and herbs. It takes just 10 minutes to stir together.
Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
Once you’ve mastered homemade chicken soup, try Avgolemono. This traditional Greek soup is infused with lemon and thickened with an egg that’s quickly whisked in. It’s hearty and full of flavor.
Italian Country Chicken Soup
This vegetable-packed chicken soup calls for a whole garden full of veggies, including zucchini, celery, cauliflower, peas and artichokes. This one-pot soup is hearty and super low-fat.
Chicken & White Bean Soup
Get dinner on the table quickly with this easy chicken soup recipe. Reduced-sodium canned chicken broth, canned white beans and cooked shredded chicken make this soup perfect for busy weeknights.
Chicken & Spinach Soup with Pesto
This healthy chicken soup recipe starts with chicken and vegetables sautéed together; then you add chicken broth and simmer. A simple homemade basil pesto adds bright color and flavor to the finished soup.

You may also like this slow cooker chicken torilla soup recipe.
What is your favorite take on chicken soup?


Bryn Mooth is extending her 20-year career in publishing as an independent journalist and copywriter. She shares seasonal recipes, kitchen techniques, healthy eating tips and food wisdom on her blog writes4food.com.

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SNUZYQ2 8/22/2020
Must try the chicken and white bean soup. These are lovely suggestions and recipes. Thank you for sharing! Report
SNUZYQ2 8/22/2020
Must try the chicken and white bean soup. These are lovely suggestions and recipes. Thank you for sharing! Report
ELRIDDICK 8/1/2020
Thanks for sharing Report
MUSICNUT 6/7/2020
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
PATRICIA-CR 5/28/2020
Yummy ideas! Report
NIKO27 4/13/2020
Great Ideas Report
SHOAPIE 3/18/2020
I made creamy wild rice and chicken soup tonight. Report
ROBBIEY 2/5/2020
I love soup Report
KHALIA2 1/22/2020
Looks delicious and healthy!!! Report
ELRIDDICK 1/14/2020
Thanks for sharing Report
Great ideas. Loved them. Report
Knaidlach (matzoh ball) soup or kreplach, a type of Jewish won ton. I cheat & use frozen potstickers in place of the homemade kreplach, add a few frozen peas & heat into chicken broth. Top w/ minced scallions.
If you cook your own chicken soup from scratch, peel & dice a parsnip or two in with the carrots, celery & onions for a much richer flavor & of course more veggies! Six thousand years of history can't be wrong. Report
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All of them look delicious! Report
Great recipes to try Report
Great ideas, thanks. Report
They all look so good, but I think I prefer the one with the beans in it. I love beans! Report
Good chicken recipes Report
Chicken soup is the first thing I think about when I have a cold Report
The crock pot chicken tortilla soup looks so delicious I will try to make it today Report
I LOVE Not Your Mother's Chicken Soup, which has leek, sweet potato and spinach--but the greatest ingredient is diced Ginger, which I'm heavy handed with. Report
I took canned chicken noodle and added carrots the other day. However, I didn't think of adding a few beans but will keep that in mind. Of course homemade soup is much better. I make a few soups of my own. I just wanted something quick and easy. Freezing soups is definitely very convenient. I have done that too. Report
Looks delicious! Report
i like the Creamy chicken rice and will be trying a few others. Thanks for ideas and some i will be using turkey instead of chicken Report
I love matzo ball soup, and chicken posole. Report
l love trying new recreipts i make soup a lot
I made the crockpot chicken tortilla soup last night and it is awsome!!!! Everyone loved it and I will be making this again. It makes a lot so there is plenty of leftovers unless you have a large family. YUMMY! Report
There are several recipes here I'd like to try. Report
Basic chicken soup with matzah balls, tons of vegs, and pieces of chicken - makes a whole meal. Report
The Greek chicken soup is AMAZING! Report
chicken tortilla for me Report
All these recipes look great. Report
The Basic Chicken Soup Recipe sounds very good. Will have to try it sometime. God Blessings to Everyone and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Report
Since I'm a soup LOVER, I'm going to make a point of making them all before the end of the month. Thanks Report
I am not a soup drinker but I will make one of them for my family Report
I'm going to try the basic chicken noodle soup and then the crockpot chicken tortilla soup. Great recipes! Report
The chicken and white bean soup sounds really good to me. I have to try it. Report
So glad I read this before dinner. Soup it is. Report
All these recipes look great. Report
Love this post.... my printer is going to get a work .... do I get SparkPoints for that? ;) Report
My favourite is low sodium chicken noodle campbells, add one purple onion cut finely add a few frozen spinach balls... add some cooked chicken... ready in minutes... Report
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