11 Delicious Chicken Soup Recipes For Kids

Chicken is one of the richest protein sources and can be prepared in several ways. Since most children enjoy slurping down soups, you could help ensure their daily protein requirement is met by introducing them to some easy and creamy chicken soup recipes for kids.

Rich in nutrients, these soup recipes can make a healthy snack or even a nutritious meal for a cold winter evening or a wholesome dinner. Chicken soups are also a great way to warm your child’s body and replenish their body fluid level when they are feeling unwell.

Scroll through this post for some unique and tasty chicken soup recipes that will keep your children craving for more.

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Top 11 Chicken Soup Recipes For Kids

Here are ten chicken soup recipes that your kids will absolutely love:

1. Chicken Broth With Vegetables And Herbs:

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You need:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Water
  • Sliced carrots, celery, green onions, fresh herbs like parsley, thyme or coriander
  • Salt

How to:

  1. Place the chicken thighs in a large pan and cover with water. Place on low to medium heat and cook till the meat is cooked.
  2. Remove from heat. Take out the meat from the broth and place it on a plate. Once cool, shred the meat from the bone.
  3. Now put the bones back in the broth and boil on low heat. Do this for at least an hour. Remove from heat and strain through a sieve to remove the bones.
  4. Add the vegetables and herbs to the broth and place on low heat.
  5. Now add the cooked meat and let it all boil for some more time. This gluten-free recipe is tasty and healthy.

2. Old Fashioned Simple Chicken Soup:

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You need:

  • Chicken stock
  • Chicken
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped carrots, leeks, potatoes, herbs, garlic, onion

How to:

  1. In a pan, add the oil and sauté the onions and garlic. Add the leeks and stir some more.
  2. Add the vegetables, chicken and the broth and cook for some time. Now add the potatoes and carrots and cook till the vegetables and meat are tender.
  3. Add the herbs and cook a little more on low heat.
  4. You can blend it once cool or serve as it is.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper (optional).

3. Chicken And Carrot Soup:

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You need:

  • Chopped carrots, onion, garlic, herbs, celery
  • Water
  • Chicken broth
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper (optional)

How to:

  1. In a pan, heat the oil and the butter. Add the celery and onion and stir. Add the garlic and herbs and cook lightly. Add carrots, chicken broth and water. Let this simmer over high heat and slowly bring down to medium heat. Cook till carrots are tender. Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
  2. Once cool, you can blend this or serve as it is. This winter soup recipe is perfect for a cold evening.
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You can add an apple along with onions and garlic to give a nice sweet taste and texture to your soup.

4. Chicken Sweet Corn Soup:

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You need:

  • Oil
  • Chicken
  • Chopped garlic, ginger, spring onions
  • Pinch of corn flour
  • Sweet corn
  • Chicken stock
  • 1 egg
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Dark soy sauce
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

How to:

  1. In a pan, heat the oil and add chicken, ginger and garlic. Cook for about four to five minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend together the corn flour and a little stock. Add this to the pan. Add the stock and the sweet corn. Let this boil and then simmer for about ten minutes.
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg and lemon juice together. Pour this in the pan, stirring continuously using a fork to form egg strands.
  4. Add spring onions or other soup toppings to garnish and a little soy sauce (optional) and sesame seeds.

5. Chicken And Rice Soup:

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You need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Chopped onion, carrots, celery, chicken, kale
  • Water
  • Rice
  • 1 bay leaf

How to:

  1. Pour most of the broth in a pan and bring to boil. Add the chopped vegetables except kale and cook till they turn tender. Add remaining broth, chicken, rice and bay leaf and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and cook covered on simmer for about forty minutes. The chicken should be tender and rice cooked. Take out the bay leaf and add the kale. Cook some more till kale is tender and remove from heat.

6. Mushroom And Chicken Soup:

Mushroom And Chicken Soup

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You need:

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken (breasts or thighs) sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 8oz. (226g) sliced mushrooms
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4tsp dried oregano
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2tbsp flour or cornstarch (optional)

How to:

  1. Begin by cleaning and slicing the mushrooms; set them aside.
  2. Pour oil into a pot and sauté onions and garlic until they become translucent.
  3. Add chicken and cook for two minutes. Add salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and the previously set-aside mushrooms. Mix well and cook until the mushrooms have softened.
  4. Whisk flour or cornstarch into the cream, then add the chicken broth and cream to the soup. Let the mixture boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  5. Let the soup simmer on low to medium flame for 10-15 minutes, ensuring the chicken is thoroughly cooked. The soup achieves the desired thickness, and the flavors blend well. Adjust the salt to taste.

7. Chicken And Pumpkin Soup:

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You need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Chopped pumpkin, carrots, garlic, spring onion, chicken, parsley, celery
  • Grated cheese
  • Oil
  • Cream
  • Salt

How to:

  1. Add oil in a pan and chopped vegetables. Stir till they start to soften. Add the chicken and chicken broth. Cook till the chicken starts to get tender.
  2. Add the cream. Add the parsley and salt. Cook for some more time. Add the grated cheese and remove from heat.

8. Chicken And Noodle Soup:

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You need:

  • Oil
  • Chopped carrots, celery, onion, thyme, parsley, green onions
  • Chicken broth
  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Egg noodles
  • Butter
  • Cooked shredded chicken

How to:

  1. In a pan, heat the oil and add vegetables except green onions. Cook till tender. Add chicken broth and simmer for about twenty minutes.
  2. Mix the cornstarch with some water and blend. Add to the pan. Add noodles and let it all boil. Remove from heat once noodles are about to get cooked. Add butter and herbs and stir. Add the cooked chicken and mix. Your chicken noodle soup is ready. Garnish with green onions.

9. Chicken Spinach And Potato Soup:

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You need:

  • Oil
  • Chopped onion, garlic, potatoes, spinach
  • Chicken stock
  • Thinly sliced chicken breast filet
  • Lemon rind
  • Saffron threads (optional)

How to:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add onions. Cook till golden. Add garlic and cook till aroma comes out. Add chicken stock, lemon rind and saffron threads. Let it boil. Reduce heat to low and add potatoes. Cover and cook till potatoes are tender.
  2. Add chicken and spinach. Cook till the chicken is cooked. Add soup garnishes.

10. Chicken Lentil And Barley Soup:

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You need:

  • Dry lentils
  • Chopped onion, red and green sweet peppers, garlic, carrots, cooked chicken, tomatoes, basil, oregano, rosemary
  • Butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Barley

How to:

  1. Add butter to the pan and cook onions, pepper and garlic until brown. Add the chicken broth, herbs and lentils. Let it all boil. Put on a simmer and cook with the lid on.
  2. Add chicken, carrots and barley and cook covered for another twenty minutes. Add tomatoes and cook some more. Your broth-based soup is ready to serve.

11. Chicken Avocado Soup:

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You need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Cooked shredded chicken breast
  • Chopped tomatoes, garlic, scallions, avocado, cilantro
  • Some lime wedges
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cumin

How to:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add scallions and garlic and stir. Add tomatoes and stir. Add chicken stock and cumin and let it all boil. Cover and cook on simmer till everything is cooked.
  2. Remove from heat. Add cooked chicken, avocado, some scallions and cilantro in a bowl. Pour the broth over this and serve with lime wedge.

Nisa Homey talks about the comfort that homemade chicken soup can bring her sick children and then proceeds to discuss her family recipe. She says, “Place 4 to 5 pieces of chicken with bones in a cooker and add 2 1/2 cups of water. Include 1 tsp each of soy sauce, pepper powder, and salt, then heat. After one steam, simmer for 15 minutes, turn off the heat, and wait for an additional 10 minutes. Open the cooker, and strain the contents into another vessel. Shred the chicken and return it to the strained stock. Add 1 tsp of cornflour to the cooled stock, mix well, and bring it to a boil, then simmer. Beat an egg yolk lightly and pour it into the soup, mixing well. Serve hot with additional pepper powder (i).”

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Add some pasta to the soup to make it a wholesome meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I make chicken soup in a slow cooker?

Yes, it is safe to cook raw chicken in a slow cooker. The appliance uses direct heat, lengthy cooking time, and steam (due to the tightly covered container), which effectively destroys bacteria and thoroughly cooks the meat (1).

2. Can I freeze chicken soup for later?

You can freeze chicken soup by pouring it into a zip-top plastic freezer bag (after the soup cools down completely) and then laying it flat in the freezer. However, heat the soup thoroughly before serving, and do not refreeze any leftover soup.

3. How can I make chicken soup more filling for children?

Adding steamed vegetables and sauteed greens can make chicken soup more filling for children.

4. How can I make chicken soup more appealing to picky eaters?

Making chicken soup with noodles, adding cheese to the soup, or adding blended cooked vegetables to make a thick chicken soup may make the soup more appealing to picky eaters. Shredding the chicken may help as well.

5. What are some dairy-free recipes for chicken soup?

Plant-based milk or cream, such as soy milk and coconut milk, may be used to make the soup dairy-free.

6. Can I add different types of beans to chicken soup?

Yes, you may add beans such as red kidney beans or white beans to your chicken soup.

These chicken soup recipes for kids are loaded with different flavors and great to satiate your children’s taste buds while offering them the goodness of the soup ingredients. You may add your little one’s favorite vegetables and herbs to up the nutrition quotient and serve them the way they like. Moreover, customizing the recipe with food items such as rice, noodles, and barley in chicken soup could boost their health and keep them full for longer. These scrumptious soups are healthy meals that your family can enjoy anytime.

Infographic: Different Chicken Soup Dishes To Serve Children

Chicken soup is a nutritious and delicious food that has been a favorite meal for ages. It can also be customized as per the individual’s preferences. So, if your child loves chicken soup, try different recipes given in the infographic below to make your child look forward to this meal every time you prepare it.

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Key Takeaways

  • Chicken is a rich source of protein and chicken soup is perfect for a cold day.
  • Chicken soup is a great way to warm your child’s body and replenish their fluids.
  • Adding your child’s favorite vegetables and herbs can improve the soup’s nutrient content.
  • Customizing the recipe by adding rice, noodles, and barley can boost their health and satisfy their hunger.


Learn how to make a nourishing, wholesome chicken soup dish for your little ones aged eight months and above, ensuring a tasty and nutritious meal for your child.

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References

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  1. Slow Cookers and Food Safety.
    https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/slow-cookers-and-food-safety#
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