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Chicken Potato Soup

This Chicken Potato Soup is a breeze to make, taking just 45 minutes from start to finish. With crispy bacon, tender chicken, and hearty potatoes, it's a simple and comforting dish perfect for busy weeknights. 

The creamy texture, enhanced by cheddar cheese and spinach, makes this a delicious soup for chilly evenings.

A serving of Chicken Potato Soup in a bowl.

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Let me rave about my Chicken Potato Soup – it's my weeknight hero and a favorite at our house! This delicious comfort-food soup smells amazing and is a family dinner game-changer.

I usually pair it with some Homemade Bread or crackers; that combo is unbeatable. Trust me, it's a crowd-pleaser; my family devours it every time.

The best part? It somehow tastes even better the next day. So, I always make a little extra to have leftovers for lunch. This soup is pure comfort in a bowl – simple, hearty, and perfect for any night of the week.

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make chicken potato soup set out on the counter.
  • Bacon: Adds a crispy, savory kick that elevates the entire soup.
  • Chicken: I used boneless, skinless chicken breast. You could also us rotisserie chicken if you’re in a hurry!
  • Salt and Pepper: Seasons the chicken. 
  • Onion: Adds a sweet and savory base to the soup.
  • Carrots: Brings a natural sweetness and vibrant color to the mix.
  • Celery: Adds a subtle earthy flavor and enhances the overall texture.
  • Garlic: Adds more flavor to the soup.
  • Thyme and Basil: This herb duo brightens up the flavors of the chicken potato soup.
  • Russet Potatoes: Provides a comforting, hearty texture to the soup.
  • Chicken Broth: Creates a flavorful base that ties all the ingredients together.
  • Milk or Half and Half: Adds creaminess to the soup for that comforting touch.
  • Spinach: Introduces a pop of color and added nutrition.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Brings a rich, cheesy goodness to every spoonful. You can also use Monterey Jack or Gouda if you're out of cheddar.

Soup Recipe Variations

  • Add beans. A creamy white bean like cannellini can enhance the heartiness of this soup even further and will still have the same creamy consistency. 
  • Make it low-carb. For a low-carb option, substitute some or all of the potatoes with cauliflower florets. They blend in seamlessly and add creaminess.
  • Make it Tex-Mex. Add corn, black beans, and a dash of cumin and chili powder for a Tex-Mex flair. Top it with avocado and cilantro when serving.

How To Make Chicken Potato Soup

Bacon frying in a skillet.
Chicken breast cooking in a skillet.

Start by cooking the bacon in a large pot over medium-high heat. Remove it to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Add the diced chicken to the bacon grease and season with salt and pepper. If you’re using rotisserie chicken, you can skip this step! Remove the chicken once it is cooked through.

Vegetables and herbs are sauteed in a large pot.
Potatoes and chicken broth added to vegetables in the large pot.

Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until softened. Then, add the garlic, thyme, and basil and cook for about 30 seconds.

Add the diced potatoes and the chicken broth. Then, cover and bring everything and bring it to a simmer.

Chicken chopped on a wooden cutting board.
Spinach, chicken, and bacon are added to the large pot.

While the potatoes are cooking, chop the chicken and crumble the bacon. Once the potatoes are fork tender, add the spinach, chicken, and bacon to the pot.

Milk and cheese are added to the chicken soup mixture in a large pot.
Chicken Potato Soup simmering in a large pot.

Stir until the spinach is wilted, and then stir in the milk and cheese. Now it’s ready to be served! If you’d like, serve it with extra cheese, crumbled bacon, and sliced green onions. 

Chicken Potato Soup in large pot ready to serve.

Storing and Freezing Soup

Store: Once the Chicken Potato Soup has cooled, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for about 3-4 days.

Freeze: I don't recommend freezing this soup. I find that soups with chunks of potatoes don't freeze well. Once thawed and reheated the potatoes tend to get mushy and disintegrate.

Recipe Tips

  • To avoid the mess of crumbling bacon later, chop it into small pieces before cooking. It'll save you time and cleanup.
  • Russet potatoes are ideal for this recipe because they break down a bit during cooking, contributing to a creamier texture. However, you can experiment with Yukon Gold for a slightly firmer texture.
  • If you need to peel and dice potatoes ahead of time, submerge them in a bowl of cold water. This prevents browning, especially if you're not immediately adding them to the soup.
  • When adding cheese, sprinkle it in gradually, stirring constantly. This helps it melt smoothly into the soup.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

While you technically can use frozen spinach, it's not the best choice for this soup. Frozen spinach tends to release more water when thawed, potentially altering the texture of the soup. If fresh spinach is unavailable, consider using fresh kale or chard as alternatives.

Can I prepare the soup in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Cook the bacon and chicken as instructed, then transfer everything to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

How can I make the soup thicker or thinner?

To thicken, simmer the soup uncovered for a bit longer. If it's too thick, add more broth or milk until you reach your desired consistency.

Chicken Potato Soup in white bowl with spoon.

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I think you are going to love this Chicken Potato Soup. It is a comforting medley of crispy bacon, tender chicken, and hearty potatoes, all swimming in a creamy, cheesy broth. It's a hug in a bowl that'll have you coming back for seconds.

If you try this soup, please come back, leave a comment, and rate the recipe!

A serving of Chicken Potato Soup in a bowl.

Chicken Potato Soup

Author: Judy Wilson
This Chicken Potato Soup takes just 45 minutes to make. With crispy bacon, tender chicken, and hearty potatoes for an easy comforting meal.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 323 kcal


  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon  basil
  • pounds russet potatoes, peeled, and diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • ¾ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat.
  • Cook strips of bacon on both sides until brown and crispy. Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside to cool.
  • Place chicken in the bacon grease left in the pan and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through. Then remove to cool.
  • Add onion, celery, and carrots to the pan, and sauté, stirring frequently, until softened.
  • Add garlic, thyme, and basil, and cook, stirring, for another 30 seconds.
  • Add potatoes and chicken broth.
  • Cover, and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook until potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, chop chicken and crumble bacon.
  • When the potatoes are done, add in the spinach, chicken, and bacon.
  • Heat, stirring, until spinach is wilted.
  • Stir in milk and cheddar cheese. Simmer just until the cheese melts.
  • Remove from heat and serve.


To store, allow the soup to cool, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 27gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 802mgPotassium: 1049mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4345IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 199mgIron: 2mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Paula Short

Thursday 14th of December 2023

Judy, this sounds fantastic! Pinned 📌. Visiting today from SSPS 291 #43,44&45. Merry Christmas.

Esme Slabbert

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Soup, oh so lovely soup, perfect for our winter weather here in Canada Thank you for visiting and sharing your links with us at SSPS #291. See you again on Monday, January 8th, 2024.

Sandi Magle

Monday 11th of December 2023

This sounds totally nummy, and a nice variation on a basic soup! Thanks, from Craftastic Monday. Sandi

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