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Simple Chicken Potato Soup

Chicken Potato Soup, Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat

I simply adore this chicken potato soup. It’s one of those really simple all-rounder comfort food recipes that easy to make and tastes great. So simple, that all you really need to do is throw everything into a big pot and let it simmer away while you retreat back to your cozy sofa to watch your favorite Netflix series. Or of course, for the less addicted, that would mean curling up on the sofa with a good book. In my case, suffering from a cold weather cough, it meant crawling under the duvet with an episode of Black Mirror.

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a Netflix series which I would describe as a Twilight Zone meets modern, future and virtual world of technology. Just like Twilight Zone, each episode has its own story line and cast, and the story can range from dark and twisted, to blackly comic to a simple parable of modern life for the Facebook generation. Perfectly entertaining for one of those pajama-wearing, cold-recovery nights spent under the covers with a cozy, comforting bowl of soup. TIS THE SEASON. Thank goodness for chicken soup!

Chicken Potato Soup, Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat

Chicken Potato Soup, Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat

Alright, let’s talk soup.

This soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat and kid-friendly. The potatoes help thicken up the broth and makes it deliciously filling. Plus it comes together in about an hour and requires just 1 pot. My favorite thing about this recipe, other than it being fuss-free and super tasty, is that it’s a quintessential comfort food. It has that warm, comforting feeling that comes with a bowl of homemade chicken soup. For me, something that brings me back that feeling that can only be described as: HOME. Served alongside a salad and have a satisfying and healthy dinner.

Chicken Potato Soup, Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat

Chicken Potato Soup, Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat

You can also double the recipe and store batches of this chicken potato soup in the freezer so you can enjoy when you don’t have time to cook and need a delicious meal. Feel free to add something green, like peas or broccoli for an extra nutritious meal.

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Simple Chicken Potato Soup
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A simple, healthy and nourishing recipe for chicken potato soup. Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat and hearty enough for a weeknight meal. Homemade goodness in a bowl!
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4-6

1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
30 g smoked bacon, chopped
2 small yellow onions, finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (preferably free range or organically raised)
600 g starchy potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly (about 2 large potatoes)
1 large carrot, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
6 cups chicken broth (1.5 litres)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 handful fresh chopped parsley

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the smoked bacon and cook until brown, then add in the onions and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened.

2. Place the whole chicken breast halves on top of the onions. Add the sliced potatoes, carrots, celery, chicken broth, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Simmer on medium until the potatoes become very soft and thicken the broth, about 40 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken breast from the pot. Use two forks to pull the meat apart so that it is shredded (or chop into cubes). Add the chicken back to the pot along with the fresh parsley. Stir to combine.

4. Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: If you only have waxy potatoes on hand that is fine too. You can break them up a little with the back of a wooden spoon once they are fully cooked.


If you make this chicken potato soup, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you! Be sure to rate it and leave a comment below to let me know! Especially if you have tips for other readers. Or take a picture and tag me on Instagram @ellerepublic and don’t foget to hashtag #ellerepublic so I don’t miss it! I’d love to see what you cook up!

Chicken Potato Soup, Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat


    • Megan Hogan says

      Lately I think I’m allergic to everything. My husband fixed this soup and I’m finally in heaven. No food allergies w/ this.

    • Thanks for your comment Megan! I’m so happy this worked out for you without any allergic reactions. :-)

  1. Helene Bouvet says

    One of the best chicken soup. Simple but yummy. A big winner for winter

    • Elle says

      So glad to hear you liked it! It’s my winter go-to soup. :-)

  2. Shawn says

    Very delicious, had to omit bacon unfortunately cause I didn’t feel like heading to the store again! Added sauteed fresh rosemary and oregano, red pepper flakes? and a bit of steamed asparagus for a bigger bite and it was wonderful! Thank you

    • Elle says

      Thanks for your comment. Sounds delicious, so glad you enjoyed it. Asparagus is a great addition. Definitely have to try that on a rainy spring day! :-)

  3. Raychel Smith says

    I cooked up this soup as you described, 1.5x the recipe and instead of bacon (didn’t have any small packets) used some cuts of corned beef). The chicken was a whole one I’d roasted earlier in week, with herb stuffing. I stripped off the breasts and forked them into fibres/chunks, popping them in at the end with the bread stuffing rolled into balls! It was all very yummy on a cold winter’s night in Auckland, New Zealand. My family is no all warm and cosy. Thanks for the recipe :-)

    • Elle says

      Thanks Raychel, your version sounds very tasty! Nice to hear that my recipe inspired you to give it a try. Greetings from a warm summery Germany! – Elle

  4. Melinda says

    Love this soup! I used red potatoes and partially peeled them before I sliced them. I have made it twice and it will be a go-to when I need soup for a neighbor or fried. Yum!!

    • Thanks Melinda! So happy to hear that you enjoyed it. I love red potatoes, such a good choice! :-)

  5. Huston says

    I made a simpler version. I cut raw chicken in 1 inch cubes. After cooking bacon, I used fat plus a little I had saved to sauté onions, celery and garlic on high for 2 minutes, then chicken for another 3. I then added potatoes, carrots, spices & broth & turned to low after it boiled. About 5 minutes later, I added broccoli & green beans, then red pepper in 10. Potatoes and carrots were soft in another 10 or a total of 30 to be ready to eat. Rosemary & sage were nice additions.

    • Hi Steve, the soup is for four. Looking forward to hearing how you like it!

  6. Kathy says


    I used this recipe as a base. I added turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, lemon and soy sauce. Just a little extra cold fighting power!

    • Mmmm sounds delicious! I’ll definitely give that a try. Thanks for the tips! :-)

  7. Khemary Sok says

    Looks like the perfect recipe to make tonight after traveling all weekend! The pictures of the soup looks delicious! Must try tonight since I have potatoes already at home!

  8. Making this now…it smells incredible. I may or may not have added a brick of shredded sharp cheddar❤️ (My iPad isn’t letting me rate it 5 stars so: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  9. Hannah says

    I love this recipe!! I added 2 cups of water mixed with seasoned salt and garlic salt instead of the chicken broth, just to save some chicken broth for my next recipe and it came out delicious! I also added kale and corn to simmer as I broke up my chicken. Absolutely delicious!! Simple and easy, a must try!

  10. Truly delicious! Proportions are perfect… and I like the fork method of separating the chicken breast meat… nice consistency…. Thank you!

  11. Elle
    I made this soup for our Soup Group at work. I doubled the recipe and did not have a drop left!
    Absolutely perfect and I think turned out much better than my original thought to bring chicken and noodle soup.
    Thanks for the recipe and the photos.

  12. It was very easy and delicious! I added a bit of butter in the beginning and used brined chicken which I put rosemary to make. I will definitely cook this again. Thank you very much for sharing a wonderful recipe!

    • I’m so glad you like this recipe! Brined chicken with rosemary would have been delicious!

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