Amish-Style Chicken Corn Soup

By Ann Fulton

AMISH-STYLE CHICKEN CORN SOUP - One of the first recipes I added to my blog, this healthy comfort food is a perfect recipe to transition from summer to fall and will continue to satisfy all winter long!
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This was dinner tonight, and the smell of this soup takes me back to summer and the fresh sweet corn that we love so much.

It’s a heart-warming and healthy bowl -one that my husband says he could eat every night.

This recipe makes a good bit, and the leftovers are equally satisfying. For a crowd, the recipe can easily be doubled.

I typically simmer it on the stove top, but my sister-in-law likes to make this soup in her slow cooker.


Amish-Style Chicken Corn Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron (optional)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 12-ounce package frozen corn or 2 cups fresh
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen creamed corn (I use Cope’s brand)
  • 1/2 cup small egg or Amish noodles (omit for gluten-free option)
  • 3 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven. Saute onion, celery, and carrots until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add bay leaves, saffron, stock, water, and chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove chicken to cool slightly. Add both corns and noodles and continue to cook soup at barely a simmer. In about fifteen minutes, shred chicken, and return to pot. Continue cooking for another half hour to an hour. Remove bay leaves, and add eggs, parsley, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste during the last 10 minutes.
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    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Deborah, It’s an old tradition among the Pennsylvania Dutch to add a touch of sugar to enhance the sweetness of the corn. That said, you could totally omit it.

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Rose, I don’t use my slow cooker for this one, although my sister-in-law does. Basically, you just want to cook until the chicken is done. That might be two hours on high or four to six on low, depending on the age and size of the cooker. I’d add the noodles, if using, in the last 30 minutes or so and then stir in the eggs, etc., at the very end.

  1. Cheryl

    Just made this soup on a very, very cold Thursday in Pennsylvania. It was absolutely delicious and hit the spot!!

  2. Shirley Barker

    Why is this soup called “Amish” chicken corn soup? Just wondered why the “Amish”. I made the soup today. Shared with S-I-law who loves soup. My husband said, “you can take him some but be sure you leave me plenty!”

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Shirley, I’m from Pennsylvania Dutch country and this soup is a staple here, hence the name. I’m thrilled it was a success, and it was so thoughtful of you to share!

  3. Ron Mitchell

    I prefer from scratch made from a whole chicken and fresh corn but it’s a great quicker version. Use at least a 6 quart pot as it makes about 5 quarts. The first thing I noticed it was too sweet. Sweet corn is adequate where you don’t need sugar. The other change I would make is hold off on the noodles until the last 10-15 minutes. The way it is they are over cooked and dissolving. Growing up in Amish country I know saffron is a key ingredient but I couldn’t justify the $17.50 Walmart charges for a little bottle so I added a little basil instead. The other tweak I done was add a small can of mushrooms. Overall a pleasing and satisfying meal. I will make it again.

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Ron, Thank you for your thoughtful feedback and suggestions. I’m delighted you enjoyed the soup and made some adjustments to suit your preferences. And I agree on ther saffron–it can be expensive and can certainly be omitted!

  4. Sue

    Hi Ann
    Have you ever tried freezing this soup? Just wondering because of the hard boiled eggs. It looks delicious. I love following your blog

    1. Ann

      Hi Sue,
      I have yet to freeze this soup but my sister-in-law has many times and says it freezes quite well. (And thank you for the nice comment! 🙂 )

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    1. Ann

      I speak a little Spanish but haven’t gotten to the level of adding my posts in Spanish, too! Maybe someday!

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