Rustic Chicken Soup: Recipe

Everyone has their own version of a rustic chicken soup recipe. There’s no nonsense here, just our version of a classic which will get you through any cold winter’s day. Healthy, warming and comforting.

rustic chicken soup recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes          /          Cooking Time: 2 hours        /          Serves 6-8


  • 1kg chicken thighs
  • 185g carrots, peeled and chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 185g celery, chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 2.5L water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 25g soup pasta (e.g. Risoni, Ditali)



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add the chicken and brown it.
  3. Add the carrot, celery, onion and garlic to the pot.
  4. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until the onions become translucent.
  5. Add the water and stock cube to the pot and bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce to a low heat and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  7. Add the pasta to the pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the soup from the heat and discard the layer of fat that’s formed on the top.
  9. Using a spoon, remove the chicken from the bone. The chicken should be tender and come off the bone with ease.
  10. Discard the bones and serve in soup bowls.



There’s not much more to say about this one. It’s a simple, rustic chicken soup that’s perfect in winter with a crusty loaf of bread on the side.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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