This cosy chicken and cabbage soup is bursting with healthy ingredients and is so easy to make! A dairy free and gluten free soup that is perfect for a warming lunch or a light dinner.
Warming soups are always perfect for a chilly fall or winter day. If you love them too, then you may like to see my quinoa vegetable soup and parsnip cauliflower soup for more tasty options!
This chicken cabbage soup combines freshly shredded chicken with vegetables and herbs for a flavourful bowl of goodness! Very easy to make, and so good for a family lunch.
Check out my what to serve with chicken soup round-up for so many tasty sides to go with your lunch or dinner!
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Family favourite chicken soup. Always a nostalgic dish, this chicken soup with cabbage and carrots gets in some extra veggies but will still be loved by kids and adults alike!
Full of flavour. We use lots of herbs in this soup, but increase the quantities even more if you love herby flavours.
Easy to make. Once the chicken has been cooked and shredded, it really is just a case of adding ingredients to your pot!
All the ingredients and their quantities are in the recipe card below.
Some notes on a few of them:
- Chicken - I suggest using plain chicken breast or fillets, and then cooking and shredding yourself.
- Cabbage - I use savoy cabbage for this recipe, but green cabbage works well too.
- Sweet potato - this helps to thicken the soup and make it a bit more hearty. I suggest peeling the potato for the soup.
📖 Swaps and variations
Use leftover shredded chicken. If it is suitable for you (likely not for my low histamine readers) then you can use leftover chicken for the soup.
Swap sweet potato for white potato. Both work well in the soup.
Swap leeks for more onion. If you aren't a fan of leek, then simply use white onion instead.
🔪 Step by step instructions
A very simple recipe, so don't be put off by the number of steps! All easy to do I promise!
Drizzle a little olive oil in your skillet, and fry the chicken fillets both sides until they are cooked through with an internal temperature of 165F (image 1).
Shred the chicken with two forks, or a stand mix with the appropriate attachment if you have one (image 2). Only shred once cool enough to handle!
Recipe tip: I suggest cutting your chicken breast into a few pieces before frying in the skillet. It cuts down on cook time and is easier to shred.
Add a little olive oil to your pot and tip in the leek, celery, carrot, garlic and herbs (image 3). Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Tip in the sweet potato, cabbage and bay leaf and cook for a further 2 minutes (image 4).
Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a very light simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (image 5).
Use tongs to add the shredded chicken and season with salt and black pepper (if using) (image 6). Cook for a few more minutes to warm the chicken through. Remove the bay leaf, then ladle into your bowls and serve immediately.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Be sure to cook the chicken thoroughly in the skillet. We only have the chicken in the stock for a short time before serving, so make sure it is already white meat throughout and has an internal temperature of 165F at the deepest point.
- Adjust the ratio of vegetables to choice. Prefer more cabbage? Add a bit more, and reduce another one of the vegetables for example. Just keep the overall quantity roughly the same.
- Adjust the amount of herbs to preference. We all like varying levels of 'herby' flavour, so change up to taste preference.
📋 Frequently asked questions
You can use leftover chicken for soup if this is suitable for your dietary requirements.
Yes! Simply transfer portions to tupperware or bags suitable for freezing. When you reheat, you will likely need to add a little more stock or water.
Chicken can be shredded using two forks. Hold the chicken with one fork, then use the other to pull away from the chicken so shredding it. You can also shred chicken in a stand mixer with the appropriate attachment.
Savoy cabbage and green cabbage are both good options for soup.
🥣 More delicious soups
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Chicken and Cabbage Soup
- Large pot
- 1 large chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 celery stick finely diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 small leek diced
- 2 cups cabbage shredded
- 1 sweet potato or white potato, diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley to garnish
- pinch salt
- pinch black pepper
- Dice the chicken breast into several pieces. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, if using. Heat olive oil in your skillet then fry the chicken for 6-8 minutes, turning with tongs. Ensure the chicken is cooked through to 165F as an internal temperature at the deepest point. Cook time will vary slightly depending upon the size of the chicken fillets.
- Once cool enough to handle, shred the chicken with two forks or in a stand mixer with the appropriate attachment.
- Fry the leek, celery, garlic, carrot, thyme and rosemary in olive oil in a large pot for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the sweet potato, cabbage and bay leaf. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil and then reduce to a very light simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Use tongs to add in the shredded chicken, and sprinkle in salt and black pepper, if using. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes to ensure the chicken is warmed through. Remove the bay leaf.
- Ladle into your bowls and serve immediately.
- Be sure to thoroughly cook the chicken in the skillet to a temperature of 165F at the deepest point.
- Adjust the ratio of vegetables to preference, adding more cabbage if you like!
- For a more 'brothy' soup you may like to use a little more chicken stock.
- Sprinkle in some more herbs if you like a more fragrant soup.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate not a guarantee.
- garlic, which scores 1.
- leek, which scores 1 and has a ? as a liberator. Swap out for white onion if you prefer.
- chicken stock will vary depending upon ingredients used.
- black pepper, which scores 2.
- bay isn't scored but has a ?, with a note, 'small amounts are well tolerated, for larger quantities lack of experience'.
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