“Yes, We Can” Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

I have a confession to make.  I (usually) don’t like chicken soup.  Perhaps I had one too many “cold remedies” as a child.  But when I tasted a Sage Roasted Chicken Soup a half dozen years ago, I was wowed.  

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

Slightly creamy and reminiscent of sage stuffing, the soup practically cried out, “I’m special.”   

It was on a Thanksgiving that didn’t start out on a positive note—though I don’t remember the details.  But for some reason, our usual plans were off and we didn’t know what we were going to do. We went back and forth and no answer seemed to work. Finally, my stepfather came up with an idea—dinner at the retirement community where he and mother lived, in one of the private dining rooms.

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

It had all the mark of “compromise”, rather than “win-win.” Until I tasted the soup… a delight!  Recreating it has been on my to-do list ever since.  And, every time I think of it, it reminds me of my stepfather’s tenacity in finding a solution.  And the good things that come from never saying “can’t.” 

Creamy, herbal, Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

Creamy, herbal, Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

In keeping with “can do,” the soup is very easy to make.  None of the drama (and effort) that comes with boiling a good fat hen. You see, I almost always have good chicken broth around (made every time I roast a chicken).  And I wanted it to be something easy enough that you wouldn’t need a special occasion to make it. 


A bite of Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

A bite of Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

The added sage—along with a cup of half & half–transform a soup that, while well-loved, is a little (dare I say it) overused.   Yes, everything old is new again!

‘Cause lots of joy comes from saying “I can”—even to soup. 

Sage Roasted Chicken Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
249 calories
19 g
44 g
14 g
13 g
4 g
299 g
824 g
3 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249
Calories from Fat 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 44mg
Sodium 824mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 leeks or 1 small onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  2. 3 Tablespoons oil (I used organic chicken fat, but butter or liquid oil should be fine)
  3. 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  4. 4 cups chicken broth (homemade or good commercial)
  5. 1 cup chopped carrots (about 3 carrots)
  6. ¼ cup chopped celery or celery root
  7. 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried sage
  8. 1 Tablespoons dried parsley or 2 Tablespoons fresh
  9. ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  10. 0-2 teaspoons salt (will vary based on amount of salt in the broth)
  11. 2 ounces homestyle egg noodles (aka “kluski”)
  12. 1 cup leftover chicken, chopped
  13. 1 cup half & half
  1. In a large saucepan, sautee chopped onion or leek in oil. When tender and starting to brown, add flour and sitr until moistened.
  2. On medium heat, gradually add chicken broth to the pan, stirring to keep lumps from forming. Add vegetables and herbs, then simmer until carrots are almost tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and noodles and cook until noodles are tender (see package directions for time estimate). Stir in half & half and serve.
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13 thoughts on ““Yes, We Can” Sage Roasted Chicken Soup

    1. Inger Post author

      That does make me feel better Phi. Maybe this version can help you avoid the “bad mom” feelings I had avoiding it 😉 Yes, CONGRATS on your exciting news!!! And your announcement was the cutest ever!

  1. cheri

    Hi Inger, this chicken soup looks delicious and I bet the sage put it over the top. Your step father sounds like a wise man……Happy holidays!

  2. Barbara

    Honestly, chicken soup is comfort food. I agree, I don’t make it often unless someone’s not feeling well, but this one looks great. I always have homemade broth in the freezer, which really makes a soup like this. Love the idea of sage here and I’ve never added cream either. Can’t wait to try, Inger.

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