Chicken Alphabet Soup Recipe | PBS Food

Chicken Alphabet Soup

A kid-friendly recipe for chicken alphabet soup.


Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 25 Minutes

Yield: 4


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 small boneless chicken breast filet, cut into tiny cubed pieces
  • 1-32 ounces box chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup dried alphabet shaped pasta


  1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter on medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes until the onions are soft.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until it is opague. (Don't worry if the chicken is not cooked through - it will fully cooked in the broth.)
  4. Pour the broth and bay leaf into the pot and bring it to boil.
  5. Add the pasta and cook for 7-8 minutes until the pasta is cooked al dente (soft but firm).
  6. Season with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Discard the bay leaf.
  7. Serve immediately.
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