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Chicken Meatball Soup Recipe
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Chicken Meatball Soup

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"Much like wedding soup, I have slightly modified to suit my family's taste. A favorite among even picky eaters. Serve over egg noodles."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Turn cold water on in sink to fine stream. Using wet, bare hands, mix together ground chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, bread crumbs, and beaten egg. Shape into small meatballs, wetting hands as necessary. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for approximately 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in oil until tender/ clear in a large pot. Add water, broth, carrots, celery, parsnips, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer about 15 to 20 minutes. Add meatballs after 10 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2008

So good! Used all fat free/low sodium chix broth instead of adding water. Added sauteed onion and garlic to the meatballs as well as a pinch of nutmeg which I love in ground chicken. I also added sliced zucchini and 1 can of small white beans to the soup. Instead of baking the meatballs, I dropped them into the soup and let them cook in the broth. I also omitted the egg in the meatball mixture, didnt think it needed it. Loved this soup, reminded me of Italian Wedding soup. I'm always looking for ways to use ground chicken or turkey, and this is a great recipe. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 02, 2003


Oct 02, 2003

A tasty soup-- good over rice or noodles. I omitted the parsnips because I don't care for them much, and I increased garlic.

Oct 02, 2003

We really enjoyed this, and the smell while it was cooking was unbelievable! This is a great summer soup, because it feels light while still filling you up. We followed the recipe exactly, which by the way, doesn't mention noodles in the ingredients list, so make sure you have some cooking while the soup's simmering. It also doesn't mention to remove the bay leaves before serving, which being in a hurry, I also forgot to do :P If you have any leftovers, they reheat VERY well, my husband says even better than the first time around.

Feb 23, 2008

Perfect for on a cold day! I omitted the parsnips (didn’t have any) and added small pasta shells and fresh thyme sprigs. The meatballs were a nice change from the usual chicken soup. I’ll definitely make it again, though I’ll tweak the meatballs a bit for a little more flavor. Thanks, Betty!

May 26, 2005

The wife and I both loved it. Would make it again for sure. Made it esactly as the recipe read

Mar 21, 2008

Cooked this for my boyfriend when he was sick. Wonderful recipe! I left out the parsnips, and added egg noodles to bulk up the soup. Tastes good with 1/4th the sauteed onions mixed into the meatballs before cooking.

Dec 04, 2008

This is a great base recipe. I use ground chicken a lot and this a good use for it. When I first read the recipe, I thought, "why do I need running water while making meatballs?" That seemed odd to put in a recipe, but I guess it would help a beginner. I added garlic powder & white pepper to the meatballs. Browned them with the convection oven. Substituted parsely and summer savory for the parsnips. Added a few chopped jalapenos, red pepper, and some edamame. Also added white pepper and garlic powder to the broth to get the taste to our liking. Used low-sodium chicken broth and no added salt to the meat or the broth. Added Amish garlic egg noodles directly to the broth. A great soup to have when getting over the cold/flu...I made this in December, not summer.


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  • Calories
  • 430 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 85.2 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 10.4 g
  • 42%
  • Protein
  • 12.7 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 1731 mg
  • 69%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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