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How to Make Perfect Chicken Soup and Matzah Balls



More than any other question that I get from friends and readers is how to make a great chicken soup with matzah balls. Chicken soup is universal, comforting and enjoyed year-round, as opposed to some traditional Jewish foods that are only enjoyed at a particular holiday.

It’s not complicated if you follow a few easy steps, and this year we decided to help out even further by making a short video to help take away the mystery of making perfect chicken soup every time.

How to Make the Perfect Chicken Soup

We love debating sinkers versus floaters when it comes to matzah balls, right? Well I am firmly in camp fluffy. How to make fluffy matzah balls for your soup? Roll them very gently in the palms of your hands, make sure to wet your hands with ice water in between rolls and don’t forget the schmaltz. Or you can watch this video to help make the perfect fluffy matzah balls to go with your chicken soup.


6 quarts of water

1 whole chicken + extra package of wings (optional)

2-3 large carrots, chopped

3 ribs of celery, chopped

1 onion, cut in half

1 medium turnip or 2 small turnips, chopped

2 parsnips, chopped

1 bunch of dill

1 bunch of flat leaf parsley

1/2 Tbsp whole peppercorns

few sprigs of thyme

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp turmeric for color (optional)


Place chicken and vegetables in a 16 or 20 quart pot and cover with 6 quarts of water.

Make a bouquet garni with the fresh dill, parsley, peppercorns


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