Simple Chicken Potato Soup with carrots and thyme

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. And TIS THE SEASON. Thank goodness for chicken soup!

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Simple Chicken Potato Soup with smoked bacon, carrots and thyme

What I love about this chicken potato soup recipe

Yes, 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.

Simple Chicken Potato Soup with carrots and thyme

Simple Chicken Potato Soup with carrots and thyme
4.1 from 192 votes

Simple Chicken Potato Soup

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! Serves 4-6.

Course Soup
Category Classic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 420 kcal
Autor Elle


  • 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!


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.

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    • Thank you Carolyn, so happy happy to hear that this chicken soup recipe has made it into your regular rotation! And thank you for the 5 stars! 🙂

  1. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and chicken bone broth and added turmeric and ginger as we are all sick here with a cold and I omitted the bacon because we don’t eat pork. Tastes amazing and will make again!

  2. OMG, delicious. I am so happy I found this recipe. It was amazing. I was so scared i was going not come out right. Drum rolllllll, My family loved it. The only thing I added was the Knorr Cube Bouillon Chicken. Other than that amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I wanted a chicken soup recipe with potatoes for a change, and this came up. We haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on the stove cooking. I didn’t change much, just added a few more potatoes and adjusted the chicken stock. One question I do have is, do you cook it with the lid on or off?

    • Hi Gwenn, sorry I missed your comment. I prepare this without a lid, but you could also partially cover with a lid. Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

    • Found your recipe years ago and it’s still a staple in our home. Making it tonight actually!! Incredibly easy and absolutely delicious. Perfect comfort food for any time of year.

      • We love this recipe so much it’s on the stove cooking on Christmas Day! I follow the recipe with just minor spice adjustments! Greatest dish you can serve anytime and dress it up for a special occasion! Thank you!

      • Thank you Liz, so glad that you and your family enjoy this chicken soup recipe so much! Even on a special occasion like Christmas! 🙂

  4. Amazing soup! Simple, hearty and filling. Making it for the second time this month, my family love it. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. A great soup! Very very pleased! I did all but the bacon and celery. Used low sodium broth too. A perfect fall day soup.

  6. Thank you for this recipe. I needed something simple with the ingredients I had on hand and your recipe was a great guide for me. Didn’t have celery, but I added couscous to make it a bit heartier. I doubled the garlic (I do that for every recipe—love garlic). Starting with bacon is a great tip that I’m going to do with more soups! I also used bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs which I seasoned and seared first to render out some and after simmering, it shredded easily and I discarded the skin and bones (they did their job of flavoring the broth). It came out so good.

    • Hi Vuthy, love your adaptations. I’m a big fan of garlic too! The chicken thighs would have given this soup even more depth of flavor. A little more work but definitely delicious! Thank you for the 5 stars! 🙂

  7. So good I just make it just now and a good smell.I hope my boss and family would love this new recipe everyday routine cook for them.Thnx for sharing

    • Fantastic! So glad to hear that this recipe also works well with bone-in chicken breast! Thank you for the feedback and 5 stars! 🙂

  8. This soup was a big hit at our house. Really tasty and the bacon gave it an extra depth of flavour. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe.

    • I have made this soup once a week ever since I came across the recipe back in 2020😊 it’s delicious and tastes so good which is all the more better because it’s so simple to make.
      Big fan ❤️

      • Fantastic, thanks for the feedback! So happy to hear that this recipe is part of the regular rotation. 🙂

  9. This soup is wonderful! My daughter has to be on a special diet because she has Crohn’s Disease, so I was hoping for something tasty. I had to remove the celery and bacon because she isn’t allowed to have those yet, and even without them, it is delicious! Thank you!

  10. Stupid question, am a very new person to cooking.. do you cook the chicken first before adding to the pot? Or do you just put the chicken in raw? Also, does the amount of time to cook change if i added more chicken to the recipe? Thanks for helping a newbie out.

    • No worries! The chicken is cooked in the pot along with the other ingredients. Adding more is fine, if needed add a little extra broth or water. Let me know how it turns out for you! Enjoy! 🙂

  11. To add a twist, I soaked a few cashewnuts in warm water and ground them into a white thickening paste. I added this into the soup and I thought it added a nice taste to it. Loved the soup, all of my family loved it, will make it again thank you!

    • Sounds like a lovely idea! I do that sometimes with vegetarian soups, or mash up white jumbo or cannelini beans to add along. Really glad to hear that the whole family enjoyed this soup! 🙂

  12. I didn’t have noodles so I looked up a recipe that called for potatoes and came across yours. As soon as I saw that it had bacon I just knew it had to be a German recipe and could almost smell the deliciousness through my laptop. Making this today as it is a very chilly cloudy day and I know it will make my Oma proud. Thank you for sharing your recipe and I cannot wait for supper.

  13. Hello Everyone!
    This soup was delicious! My family fished it off in one sitting. It was perfect! Thank you for sharing!
    God bless you!

  14. Hello Elle and Constance,
    Thank you both. I am here in NJ in the house due to Covid with my husband, 24 and 20-year-old sons and my three-year-old I adopted in 2018. I am going to try this recipe today. I will let you know.
    God bless you!

  15. Made your soup today, like you and everyone, locked inside due to the Covid 19 virus. We had rotisserie chicken that we used but that was our only exception to your direction. Being from New Mexico we added green chili, adding a bit of NM. LOVED THE SOUP. Extra easy to make!

    • Rotisserie chicken is perfect for this soup and green chili would be a fabulous addition! I’ll definitely give that a try myself. Thanks for the tip!

  16. Just made this tonight! Happened to have leftover bacon from breakfast… it was delicious! My family gave it two thumbs up! Glad to have some leftovers for tomorrow 🙂

  17. Love it here in Tennessee! We made it this evening for the first time. We had to make some variations due to what we had available (currently staying at home amid COVID-19 precautions). I added shredded lemon pepper seasoned rotisserie chicken that I had bought from the store and refrigerated. Since we are a family of six, four of which are two 17 yr old teenage boys, our 29 yr old college son and my husband, we ended up using 6 carrots, a red onion since we didn’t have yellow, and 4 cups of water in addition to 4 cups of chicken broth. Everything else we followed as the recipe suggested. The pot is empty!!

    • Thank you Constance! Here in Germany we have been inside for 2 weeks now. So lot’s of cooking happening here too. 😉 Lemon pepper rotisserie chicken would be a dream! So glad the whole family liked this recipe. 🙂 Greetings from Hamburg.


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