Estelle’s Chicken Soup

Makes about 6 quarts, serving 8 to 10


Large slotted spoon

10- to 12-quart stockpot



6 quarts chicken stock

1 (4-pound) chicken, preferably all-natural or organic, cut into 8 pieces

1 carrot, trimmed, peeled, and cut into ¼-inch cubes

1 small onion, cut into ¼-inch cubes

1 leek, white part only, trimmed, well-washed, and sliced very thinly

1 celery stalk, cut into ¼-inch slices

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Optional garnish: 12 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped; 1 bunch fresh chives, cut into whisper-thin pieces


Use the slotted spoon to skim off the layer of solid fat that has risen to the top of the cold stock.

Combine the stock and the remaining ingredients (through celery) in the stockpot. Bring to a gentle simmer over high heat, watching so that it does not at any point go into a full boil, which will cause the stock to become cloudy. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, for 1½ hours, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

Using a pair of tongs, carefully remove the chicken pieces from the soup. Set them aside until cool enough to pick the meat from the bones. Discard any gristle and the bones. Shred the meat, and return to the soup. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. If you’re serving the soup immediately, heat it through. Ladle into serving bowls, making sure everyone gets some chicken meat in their bowl, and garnish with the chopped herbs. If you’re serving it later, refrigerate or freeze immediately.

Excerpted from the book THE FREDS AT BARNEYS NEW YORK COOKBOOK by Mark Strausman; with Susan Littlefield. Copyright © 2018 by Mark Strausman. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.

Freds At Barney’s Recipe Chicken Soup

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Estelle’s Chicken Soup

Thank you!

This article has been sent!