I love me some chicken soup, just not the kind you find pre-made in the grocery store. That isn’t real chicken broth and it has literally no medicinal value.

It’s not going to help you get over a cold or boost your immune system. In fact, those chicken soups are usually full of sketchy ingredients like MSG, which does no favors to your immune system.

This chicken soup is actually homemade. The broth is full of gut-healing collagen along with a ton of vitamins and minerals – the exact nutrients to boost the immune system.

Making your own chicken broth is actually really easy, especially if you have a family.

Simply buy a whole chicken (preferably organic) and roast it in the oven on 400 for about an hour to an hour and a half. Make sure to put butter under the skin and salt and pepper and maybe drizzle some olive oil on top.

Either eat the chicken throughout the week or shred it to make chicken salad, whatever you like. Then you can make this gut-healing chicken broth with the carcass! I swear, it’s the most delicious chicken soup you’ve ever tasted in your life.

To make homemade chicken broth, use leftover chicken bones. I bought a whole roasted chicken, took the meat off to eat throughout the week, and tossed the carcass into the crockpot with salt, onion, celery, and carrots.

Cover everything with filtered water and let your chicken broth simmer for a day.

Can I use store-bought chicken broth for this chicken soup recipe?

Store-bought chicken stock is NOT the same and doesn’t have all the beneficial nutrients. If you really don’t have the time to make your chicken broth from scratch, buy this bone broth instead!

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Chicken Soup Recipe

Gut Healing & Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

The best chicken soup recipe ever! Gut-healing, warming, easy to make and family friendly! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course main, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 94 kcal



  • Add everything except the chicken and dill to a pot.Turn to medium heat.Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chicken and let it warm (you just don’t want it to dry out cooking more). If you’re using uncooked chicken, toss it in at the beginning.
    Pour into a bowl and garnish with dill.


if you truly cannot make your own bone broth, this is the next best option


Serving: 1servingCalories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 10gFat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 910mgPotassium: 405mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5095IUVitamin C: 20.3mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken soup recipe, gut-healing soup recipe, homemade chicken soup
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  1. What could I substitute for the 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s?

    • dani Reply

      If you click through the link it tells you what spices are in the blend. You could just use your favorite soup seasonings.

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  3. Can’t I just buy organic fed raw chicken and boil then simmer with all the veggies and seasonings in it?

    • dani Reply

      Unfortunately it will not be the same or have the same nutritive benefits.

    • Yes of course you can add the whole chicken!? You’ll get all o the much needed protein that way… I actually just put the uncooked chicken straight to the pot from the very beginning. Have always do made it this way (our European way) and everyone loves the chicken broth/soup ???

      • Yes, that is a nice way to make soup.

        However, the point of bone broth is to bring nutrients and collagen out of the bones. It’s not about the protein. This is why it is simmered for such a long time. One could add the meat to it later (any sooner and one destroys much of the nutrient content). Bone broth makes a fantastic base for most soups.

        Also, and not to be rude… what do you mean by “our European way”? There are so many ways to prepare meat-based soups in Europe alone. It’s a fundamentally broad topic.

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  6. How many does this recipe feed? I added 4 cups of water so I could make it go farther!

  7. This is my go-to recipe whenever I’m recovering from illness or just want an immune boost. I’ve made it several times over the past couple years! (*I always like to add my fresh-squeezed lemon juice when I’m eating it, and it tastes so amazing!) Just wanted to stop in and thank you for sharing such a simple, yet divinely healing recipe. 🙂

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