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This simple, yet flavorful, chicken-cabbage soup is perfect for enjoying on a cold day. Sherry vinegar adds a touch of brightness and pairs well with the medley of vegetables. Serve with crusty bread.

EatingWell.com, September 2021


Credit: Antonis Achilleos

Recipe Summary

20 mins
40 mins

How to Shred Cabbage for the Soup

In a pinch, you can use packaged shredded cabbage for the soup, but we recommend prepping it yourself. Here's how to do it:

A wedge of cabbage sitting on a cutting board next to a knife
Credit: Carolyn Hodges

Cut the cabbage in half lengthwise through the stem end.

Next, cut each half in half through the stem end (you should have 4 quarters).

Cut off the bottom of each quarter at an angle to remove the core.

Close up of slicing a a quarter head of cabbage
Credit: Carolyn Hodges

Place a cabbage wedge cut-side down on a cutting board and cut lengthwise into very thin strips. For shorter strips, cut the wedge crosswise.

Can I Use Rotisserie Chicken?

Absolutely! This recipe is perfect for using rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken. If you don't have any leftover cooked chicken, you can prepare this Basic Whole Roast Chicken ahead.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add cabbage and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the cabbage softens, about 6 minutes.

  • Stir in broth, potatoes, turnip, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in chicken; continue cooking until the potatoes and turnips are tender, about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar. Top each serving with Parmesan and garnish with parsley, if desired.


Large Dutch oven or pot

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts

about 1 3/4 cups
359 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 64mg; sodium 395mg; carbohydrates 25g; dietary fiber 5g; protein 31g; sugars 6g; niacin equivalents 13mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 134IU; potassium 638mg.