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Chicken and Red Skin Potato Soup

We have had a lot of sickness in our home this winter.  What tastes better when you’re sick than a warm bowl of soup?  I love to make soup for my people when they are sick.   It makes the house smell so good, and it gives me something to do other than disinfect, make tea, do laundry, dispense meds, repeat.

Chicken and Redskin Potato SoupThis soup is the definition of comfort.  Look in the dictionary and you will see a picture of the above bowl of soup.   Well maybe not, but I’m drafting a letter right now and submitting this picture to all the dictionary publishers, it will be in all the new additions, for sure!

Comfort (kem-fert) 1. to cause someone to feel less worried, frightened, etc. 2. To give strength and hope to; cheer.

My workout girlfriend Tina gave me this recipe.  Let me tell you something about Tina, besides that she’s funny, sweet, encouraging, and just an all around good friend, Tina has an arsenal of yummy recipes.  She thinks she’s not a good cooker, but she is.  She’s an especially good baker.  The proof is in her pie, and OMG her brownies!  I really should share the brownie recipe with you (she said I could), but I don’t make it very often because when I do I cannot stay away from them!! Best brownies EVER!


Chicken and Redskin Potato SoupI made a few adjustments to the soup recipe, because I like spice and I was trying to make it healthier by cutting down on the butter and cream.  I added turmeric because it’s so good for you when you’re sick, I also added a few more carrots, some fresh garlic that’s also good for cold and flu bugs; overall this is pretty much the same amazing recipe!

I’ve made it twice for gatherings.  It received raves!  I made it a few more times just for us.  It does make a generous amount of soup so plan on sharing, don’t even think of cutting the recipe in half!  I’m positive that there is someone in your life that would love a quart of soup.  Make this and bring it to them!  Bossin’ ya’all!

Chicken and Redskin Potato SoupWhat makes this soup so special?  Well many elements, but the bechamel type sauce. made from butter and flour then adding cream or milk is the secret.  It gets stirred in at the end.  Can you hear the angels singing?


Chicken and Redskin Potato SoupThe white sauce adds a creamy richness that goes so well with the potatoes and chicken, making it a bit more like a chowder than a soup.  I’m still calling this a soup.


Chicken and Redskin Potato Soup

Chicken and Red Skin Potato Soup

Starting with a whole chicken and full of root vegetables this soup is hearty and comforting.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 10 quart soup pot


  • 4 pounds bone in Chicken
  • 1 large yellow Onion diced
  • 5 stalks of Celery diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 5 tablespoons Better than Bouillon Chicken Base or 5 bouillon cubes
  • 10 cups Water
  • 3 pounds small Red Skin Potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups Carrots chopped
  • 1 pound bag Frozen Corn
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 8 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Milk or Half and Half
  • add more salt and pepper to your taste


  • In 10 quart (or larger) pot combine chicken, onion, celery, garlic, bouillon, and water cover pot and let simmer for 1 hour. Remove lid and allow to cool for 15 minutes, then remove chicken. Shredd chicken, remove the bones, and return shredded chicken to the pot.
  • Add carrots, potatoes, corn, turmeric and italian seasoning to the pot; cover and simmer for another 45 minutes.
  • In a smaller saucepan melt butter and whisk in flour allow to bubble up and starts to brown, making your roux, then whisk in milk, continue to stir until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes, if sauce seems too thick add another splash of milk. Sauce should be pourable not thick and goopy.
  • Add white sauce to soup, stirring continuously as you add. Taste. Add salt and pepper if needed. Simmer on low for another 30 minutes or until soup thickens slightly.


When I’ve made this soup for guests I do all the steps up to step 3, I store in refrigerator and 1 hour before serving return it to the stove, bring to a low boil and add white sauce from step 3. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with a green salad, and a crusty loaf of bread! Bake some Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and you’ve got yourself a party!
Keyword carrots, chicken, comfort food, potatoes, soup, stew, vegetables
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What do you make for your people when they are under the weather?  We always have tea, Vernors, pretzels, oyster crackers, soup and applesauce.

I hope your family is well!

XO, Sheila

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  1. Visting from Pinterest. Tried this recipe out today. Turmeric and garlic are ingredients but not called for in the recipe. I threw the garlic in with the onions and celery. Ditched the turmeric. The consistency of my soup did not look like yours in the photos. Mine was very very thick. I was careful with my roux like you mentioned but probably would have thinned it with some chicken broth to bring it more souplike as in your photos. I thought the 5tbs of bouillon base seemed much and am always skeptical when there is little to no salt called for in a recipe. But the flavors were there. Bf are 3 big bowls and is asking for it on biscuits tmrw night lol. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for pointing out the garlic and turmeric omission in the directions. Glad that you enjoyed this soup and MMM-mmm good to the ladling over biscuits! Come back again soon!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had sickness in your house this winter…that’s always the worst! But this soup looks so warming, I can totally see how I’d want this soup when feeling a little under the weather, or at any time!!

    1. Aw Thanks Phi! It seems like we are on the mend, keeping my fingers crossed that no one else will get sick now! I think we have all, save the dog and bunny, had some sort of sickness this winter! LOL