Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe: 
Safe Home Canning Instructions 

Homemade Chicken Soup: Safe Recipe for Home Canning

Homemade chicken soup recipe ~ combine ingredients, simmer until the kitchen smells wonderful, serve with homemade bread, and add a dose of Love! 

If you want to can your chicken soup, you will need to know how to use a pressure canner. The pressure canning page has more detailed information and step-by-step instructions, while you can find instructions for how to make chicken soup on this page.

Prepare for Homemade Chicken Soup

Would you like more details and video instruction on how to can chicken soup?  

My canning classes at CanningSchool.com includes step by step video tutorials on Canning Chicken Soup and more.  


Gather Your Canning Supplies:


  • 4 quarts chicken broth - homemade chicken brothis best!
  • 3 cups chopped chicken - cooked
  • 4 cups vegetables - I use 1 cup celery, 2 cups carrots, 1 cup onion. Adjust this to taste.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • If you like other seasonings, you can add them. Remember, they will be stronger by being canned.

Note: This recipe yields 4 quarts of homemade chicken soup.

Canning Homemade Chicken Soup Procedure

Chopped veggies.

Place chicken broth and chopped chicken in a stock pot, bring to a boil. Homemade broth makes superior homemade chicken soup.

Chop all your vegetables. I use about 1 cup each celery and onion and 2 cups carrots. You can alter the types of vegetables as long as you end up with about 4 cups total. 

Pouring broth.

Add vegetables to stock pot and bring to a boil.

Add salt and pepper. I use about 1 T salt. I don't really measure my pepper, just shake some in. 

Another view of the canning jars.

Add any seasonings that you prefer. We like ours with just the ingredients listed.

Full jar of soup.

You might like to add dill or basil. Remember that fresh seasonings may get stronger as they are canned. If you add bay leaves, let the soup simmer for a bit to get the flavor throughout, but remove the bay leaves before filling jars. The only herb I read that is not a good idea for canning is sage. Apparently it gets very strong in the jars. But I've never heard of adding sage to chicken soup anyway.  

Using a slotted spoon, add your solid ingredients to the jars. Aim for no more than 1/2 filled with solids. Then go back and top off each jar with the cooking broth.  

Leave 1-inch headspace. 

Place your lids on and process according to pressure canning instructions. 

Wiping rims.
Placing flat lid.
Screwing ring.

Canning the Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe

How to Make Chicken Soup: Canning Processing Times

Pints - 1 hour and 15 minutes 

Quarts - 1 hour 30 minutes. 

You might notice a difference in processing times compared to my canning soup page here. THAT page discusses adapting your own soup recipe. Many variables are involved so the processing times will be different, and it is important to fill your jars half full of solid ingredients as well as follow the processing instructions provided.  

These are both tested recipes from two different sources. I always recommend following tested recipes. The source for this recipe is this - Ball Blue Book. That book is a older version and is often not available. If you are looking for a more recent version, try this one here: Ball Blue Book 37th edition.

Adjustments for Pressure Canner
Altitude in Feet Dial Gauge Canner Weighted Gauge Canner
0-1000 11 10
1001-2000 11 15
2001-4000 12 15
4001-6000 13 15
6001-8000 14 15
8000-10,000 15 15

FAQs - Can You Can Soup Without a Pressure Canner?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "Do I really need to use a pressure canner?" The answer? Yes, you really do need a pressure canner. Chicken soup is a low-acid food, and a pressure canner is the only safe processing option. 

Can homemade chicken stock or chicken broth be canned, for making soup later?

Yes! You can make homemade chicken stock or chicken broth. See instructions here.

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