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The Atlas Family’s Homemade Chicken Soup

The Atlas Family’s Homemade Chicken Soup

The Atlas Family’s Homemade Chicken Soup (Harper and Ollie’s favorite dinner) is a recipe that has been passed down by word-of-mouth through the generations, and each new recipient adds their own flair.

“Chicken soup is a staple on our holiday tables and has been for generations. On Passover, we add matzoh balls and on Chanukah, we serve the soup with a side of latkes. We always include chicken soup when we break-the-fast on Yom Kippur, as it comforts and nourishes! We make this soup for beloved friends and family when someone is feeling under the weather; it is often referred to as Jewish Penicillin.” – The Atlas Family

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The Atlas Family’s Homemade Chicken Soup

  • Author: The Atlas Family
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Cuisine: Jewish


  • 1 whole chicken (56 pounds)
  • 5 carrots (peeled, not cut, and without the tops, so you can fish them out later)
  • 3 stalks of celery (washed and cut in half)
  • 2 onions (peeled and cut into large pieces)
  • 1 bunch of Italian parsley
  • 2 leeks (white and light green parts, split and washed)
  • 5 parsnips (peeled and cut into large pieces)
  • 2 baseball-sized celery roots (peeled and cut into large pieces)
  • 12 shallots (cut large)
  • 4 tbsp  salt (adjust to taste at the end)
  • 1 medium rutabaga (peeled and cut into large pieces)
  • Optional add-ins: Matzoh ballsBrown riceDumplingsNoodles (ramen, orzo, or egg noodles)Sautéed vegetables (zucchini, greens, tomato, etc)A squirt of lemon


  1. Prepare the vegetables as described in the ingredient list.
  2. Add the whole, raw chicken and all of the vegetables, the parsley and the salt into a large stock pot.
  3. Add water to just cover all of the ingredients.
  4. Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce to a simmer (medium-low heat). Simmer for 2 – 3 hours.
  5. Skim the foam as best you can throughout the cooking process. Add water if the chicken is not submerged when pushing it down with a spoon.  If the water continually gets too low, you can cover the pot.
  6. After 2-3 hours, remove the chicken and the carrots and set aside.  Strain the soup through a colander.  Press out all the broth you can from the veggies (FLAVOR!) and add it to the soup.  Discard the remaining vegetable pulp.
  7. Remove the bones and skin from the chicken and cut up the carrots into small pieces.
  8. Prepare a bowl of soup with broth, cut-up chicken, cut-up carrots and some of the optional add-ins
  9. ENJOY!!!!!!! SLURP!!!!!! (use or freeze within 3, days in my opinion)

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