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Mel’s Soothing Chicken Soup

This is my go-to chicken soup recipe because it’s so simple and nourishing. Not a season goes by where I don’t prepare a batch or two to store in my freezer. That way I always have some on hand when we are feeling under the weather or just have a taste for some serious comfort food!

Mel’s Soothing Chicken Soup
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  • 2 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts, (about 1 pound) patted dry and seasoned with sea salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Heinen’s extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 5 stalks of celery, washed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large leek, cleaned, trimmed, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. sea salt and pepper
  • 8 Cups Heinen’s chicken stock
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oil and sear chicken breasts skin side down until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and transfer to a plate.
  3. To the same pot, add the carrots, celery, onion, leek, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken back in the pot, along with the chicken stock, thyme and bay leaf. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  5. Remove the chicken from the soup, along with the bay leaf and thyme stems. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin and bones. Shred the meat to bite sized pieces. Return the shredded chicken back to the soup.
  6. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or ladle into smaller containers and freeze.
Melanie Jatsek, RD, LD
By Melanie Jatsek RD, LD
Heinen's Chief Dietitian, Melanie Jatsek, RD, LD believes that the answer to a strong, healthy and vibrant body lies within. She graduated cum laude from the University of Akron, earning a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and has over 20 years of experience in wellness program development, health coaching and professional speaking. As a published author of three books and registered dietitian for Heinen’s, Melanie offers programs, services and tools to help Heinen’s customers take inspired action to build the healthy body they were meant to live in without giving up their favorite foods.

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