Grandma Grace’s Sicilian Style Chicken Soup

What’s the best thing to eat when your sick?  Well duh, chicken soup right?  I’m not talking about a bowl of Campell’s, Progresso, Lipton, Mrs. Grass’, Bouillon Cubes, Chicken Broth from a container or whatever you fancy.  That will do NOTHING FOR YOU except taste good.  I get it.  Desperate times call for desperate measures right?  Been there.  If you want to actually get better, you have to use REAL CHICKEN and bones.  There is science behind it.  Chicken broth inhibits neutrophil migration; that is, it helps mitigate the side effects of colds, flus and upper respiratory infections.  (No I didn’t write that I googled it.) Bone Broth has tons of medicinal properties to it! Pretty cool, huh? So anyways, make yourself some GOOD quality soup.  It’s cheap and easy.

I grew up eating homemade chicken soup and it was the BEST.  This recipe was adapted from my Grandmother.  She and my mom used to make it regularly.  It was a staple growing up.  They would make a big pot and freeze it.  Whenever you felt like soup, all you had to do was boil some noodles and ta-da a healthy meal in minutes.  Not only is it good for you, but it tastes AMAZING.  I make this all the time even when I’m not sick.  And it’s truly one of the only things my kids will eat on a regular basis and at least I know they are getting something nutritious.  When I moved to Nashville, I had to learn how to make it myself.  It’s too good not to be shared. Enjoy!

Here is what you need:


  • Whole Chicken (5-5.5lbs.) Cut into 6 pieces (Have the butcher do it if your afraid to lose a finger.)
  • 6-8 Carrots, peeled and halved
  • 2 Onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 Celery Stalks, halved
  • 1 TBS Kosher Salt
  • 3 TBS Pickling Spice
  • 9 Cups of Water
  • Small and Large Mesh Strainers

The SECRET to this soup is the Pickling Spice.  It’s what sets it apart from every other soup out there.  It consists of a bunch of different spices.  (Mustard, All Spice, Bay Leaf, Coriander, Cut Cassia, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper, Red Pepper, Natural Oil.)


Put the cut up chicken in a large stock pot and add the water.  Bring it to a boil.


When it starts to boil skim off the fat with a small mesh strainer or if you don’t have one do your best with a spoon.


Add your veggies, pickling spice, salt and bring back to a boil.  Let boil for a minute then reduce heat to simmer and loosely cover for about 1 1/2-2 hours.  Stir a few times in between.


When it’s finished it will look something like this!


Take the chicken breasts out and shred it with 2 forks.  Chop all of your veggies to your liking.  (Note: I only use the white meat.  If you prefer dark or a combination of both, by all means do what you want.)


Once you have removed the chicken and veggies, grab a medium pot and a larger mesh strainer that will fit on top.  Pour the broth carefully through the strainer.


You will be left with this! Mmmmm amazing delicious broth.

Boil some noodles!  (I use Acini de Pepe)  They are tiny little dots.  Then get a big ole’ bowl.  Add some noodles, chicken, veggies and top it off with the broth.  (Don’t forget the parmesan cheese!!!!!!)


And here is the finished product.  Yes, I am one of the weird ones that doesn’t like anything in my soup except for broth and noodles.  I eat the chicken and veggies off the cutting board.  Ha!

Hope you enjoy this Sicilian style chicken soup.


Grandma Grace’s Sicilian Style Chicken Soup

  •  Whole Chicken (5-5.5lbs.) Cut into 6 pieces (Have the butcher do it if your afraid to lose a finger.)
  • 6-8 Carrots, peeled and halved
  • 2 Onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 Celery Stalks, halved
  • Kosher Salt
  • 3 TBS Pickling Spice
  • 9 Cups of Water

Add Chicken pieces to a large pot, add water and bring to a boil.  Skim off the fat/foam from the top.  Then add your veggies, pickling spice and salt.

Return to a boil for 1 minute and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover loosely.  Simmer 1 1/2-2 hours.

Turn off the heat.  Remove the chicken and shred with 2 forks.  Remove the veggies and chop.

Grab a medium pot and put a larger mesh strainer on top.  Pour the broth through the mesh strainer to remove all of the spices.  You will be left with clear broth.

Boil your favorite noodles!!  Grab a bowl, add the noodles, some veggies and broth.

And there you have it!  Top it off with some parmesan cheese and oyster crackers.  Yum!!!



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