French Country Chicken Soup (Family Bites)


  • Welcome! I'm Jan, a Canadian food writer & party planner with a specialty in celebrations for kids. I'm the Food Editor for SavvyMom Media & a contributor to several other family-focused publications. I live in Toronto with my husband and our two tween sons.

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That sounds really good right about now ...


Your soups are so simple and inspiring! Quick question, is the cream mandatory? Can it be substituted?


What a lovely looking soup. I'm sure the whipping cream gives it a lovely texture.

Jan Scott

Hi Maria!  No, please feel free to avoid the cream if you like.  Its not mandatory at all, and if you want the creamy texture you could use milk instead of even whisk a little of the broth with some cornstarch and add it to the pot in order to thicken it slightly. 


Wow, this looks fantastic! Total comfort food when you have the sniffles..


Thanks Jan, that's a great idea! Creme gives the family a tummy ache!


I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. The cream gives the soup a lovely rich flavor, but I think substituting hald and half or whole milk would be fine too.

The soup came together fast too. I made a few minor changes: Rather than using boneless chicken breasts, I put a whole chicken in the crockpot this morning with an onion, carrot, celery and garlic, then covered with water. When it was done, I used the meat and stock in the soup. I sauteed the leeks in a little butter too. Great soup--the whole family loved it. Served with a baguette and slice summer sausage. Easy.


We made this last night and it was very tasty. I didn't have any tarragon so I substituted herbes de provence and I also substituted half and half for the cream. Do you think it would freeze well or do the potatoes make it a no go?

Jan Scott

Hi Dawn!  Im glad you liked the soup and I bet herbes de provence would be great in it.  You can freeze it, but the potatoes will definitely fall apart when it thaws and reheats.  If you dont mind that, then its fine!

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Jan, Your recipe for the French Country Spring Soup, adapted from Chatelaine sounds so hearty and delicious. Your list of ingredients with fresh vegetables and seasonings combined into this soup will, surely, have a wonderful flavor. I adore soups and am always looking for more creative ways to prepare them.

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