25 Chicken Soup Recipes To Cozy Up With Tonight

Soulful Chicken Soup
Photo: Iain Bagwell

We hear that chicken soup is good for the soul. Nothing quite compares to the healing powers of a warm bowl of chicken soup. Whether you are trying to escape the cold, or just looking for classic Southern comfort food, a chicken soup recipe is just what you need. Nothing can warm you up when the weather cools like a pot of simmering chicken soup, loaded with vegetables and seasoned with your favorite spices. We love making a big pot and freezing it in individual freezer zip-top bags to pull out on a busy weeknight when only a hot bowl of soup will do. We've collected all of our best-ever chicken soup recipes to satisfy any soup craving. From classic chicken noodle soup to slow-cooker chicken chilis, chicken gumbos, and even soups with a bit of spicy heat to them, these warm chicken soup recipes will do the trick. We have something for everyone in this collection of hearty and comforting recipes.

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Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortellini Soup

Chicken Soups Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortellini Soup
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken-and-Prosciutto Tortelloni Soup

We subbed plain noodles for chicken-and-prosciutto stuffed tortellini for a soup that's bursting with flavor. Any flavor tortelloni will work well in this dish.

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King Ranch Chicken Soup

Chicken Soups King Ranch Chicken Soup
Alison Miksch

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Soup

We love this riff on one of our favorite Southern casseroles—King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Our restaurant-style Tex-Mex soup is rich and easy to prepare.

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Lemon Chicken Soup

Chicken Soups Lemon-Chicken Soup

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Soup

Flavored with white wine, lemon zest, and flat-leaf parsley, this smooth soup is comfort in a bowl. We recommend keeping it on hand all season long.

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Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Crunchy snap peas, fresh cilantro, and a few sprigs of mint lighten up this hearty classic. Soba noodles and lime are a stellar combo, perfect for a quick-fix dinner.

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Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Chicken Soups Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Make a classic chicken and dumplings recipe even more Southern by topping the vegetable-and-chicken-packed stew with cornbread dumplings. They help soak up every drop of this delightful dish.

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Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
Ralph Anderson

Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

Apart from preparing the roux, making gumbo is basically hands-free. You'll just need to stir the pot occasionally to prevent the rich roux from sticking to your gumbo pot.

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Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili
Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Chili

The convenience of a deli chicken, the hearty bulk of seasonal vegetables, and the full flavor of traditional chili spices work together to create one comforting pot of Chicken Chili. We love to serve this supper up with a generous topping of cilantro and sour cream for even more creamy zing.

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Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes

Chicken Soups Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Red Potatoes

You can't go wrong with a steaming bowl of classic creole gumbo to fill you up on chilly nights. We made it even heartier by adding roasted potatoes to the traditional mix of Andouille sausage, Cajun seasonings, and veggies.

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Kid-Friendly Chicken: Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Deli-roasted chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits make a quick-and-tasty version of this classic Southern comfort dish. A bowl of this feels like a hug on a chilly weeknight.

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Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soups Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe: Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup

Do your weeknight dinners need a little extra spice? Whip up a batch of this Sriracha Chicken Noodle Soup—made with ramen and served with extra Sriracha sauce—for a warm, comforting soup with a little spice.

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White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili gets its name because it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to get this one-dish meal to the table. Plus, we noticed that it always disappears from the bowl in a flash.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Can you believe it? We made classic chicken noodle soup even more comforting by upping the richness. Indulge in a steaming bowl of this thicker and more decadent version after a long day to melt all of your troubles away.

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Green Chile-Chicken Soup

Green Chile-Chicken Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Green Chile-Chicken Soup

Green enchilada sauce and poblano peppers guarantee that this isn't your average chicken soup. Keep this soup pre-made in the freezer for a a weeknight supper or sick day: It has just the right amount of heat to make you sweat the sickness right on out.

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Use a rotisserie chicken to make this comforting, hearty dinner soup even easier to get on the table. Orzo is seasoned with fresh lemon, rosemary and and flat-leaf parsley that pack in the bright, warming flavors.

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Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup

Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup
Southern Living

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup

Savory and smoky, a bowl of this Tex-Mex soup is just what the doctor ordered. Smoked chicken breast adds dynamic flavor while spicy peppers and chile seasonings bring the heat, and textured toppings including avocado and crunchy tortilla strips seal the deal on a perfect spoonful.

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: White Chicken Chili

This chicken chili recipe is as easy as gathering your ingredients, loading up your slow cooker, and going about your day. Come supper time, pour yourself a cozy bowl of chili topped with sour cream, cheese, fresh cilantro, and avocado.

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

A major shortcut lends itself to this ultra-comforting soup being perfectly suited for a cozy weeknight. Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli and whip up delicious soup with tasty, chunky bites in every spoonful of flavorful broth.

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Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup
Photography: Victor Protasio

Recipe: Homemade Chicken Soup

For those who consider cooking an act of relaxation or a labor of love, this is the from-scratch chicken soup recipe for you. It's not as quick as some of our shortcut-filled versions, but you'll taste the difference in this aromatic, homestyle soup.

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie Soup

We took a classic Southern comfort food and made it into an ultra-cozy soup. Warm a batch of this creamy soup up on a chilly night and pop in a few biscuits to finish the meal—we won't judge if you add a couple extra.

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Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Corn Slow-Cooker Chowder

This creamy—but not too thick—chowder will warm you to your bones. Use bone-in chicken breasts rather than boneless for the tastiest soup to delight your dinner crowd.

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Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Mushrooms

Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Mushrooms

Recipe: Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Mushrooms

This one-pot soup is as easy as it gets, and yet its flavors are as deep and delicious as can be. It's packed with healthful veggies and wild rice for dinner that's good for both the soul and the body.

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Creamy Chicken Sausage-and-Kale Soup

Creamy Chicken Sausage-and-Kale Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Creamy Sausage-and-Kale Soup

Add some hearty substance to your go-to chicken soup with this filling take on a family favorite. This recipe trades out the usual suspects like carrots and celery for lacinato kale and Yukon Gold potatoes.

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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Courtesy Oxmoor House

Recipe: Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This flavorful chicken soup recipe will shine as a cozy weeknight meal or served for a crowd with a dash of lime and some crusty bread for dipping. Kick up the heat in this Tex-Mex take on comforting soup by adding more jalapeño.

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Collard Greens
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

In this recipe, classic chicken and rice soup gets a few simple but drastic upgrades. A bit of heavy cream and collard greens guarantee that this soup will warm you right on up and keep you satisfied.

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Soulful Chicken Soup

Chicken Soups, Chicken Soup recipe
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup

No dish is quite as soothing as a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup. A slow cooker makes throwing together this comfort food super easy.

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