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Chicken “ABC” Soup

Chicken "ABC" Soup Recipe

This recipe covers two methods of cooking this soup: simmering over the stove-top and using a crock pot slow cooker.

Instead of a whole ‘kampong’ chicken, you can also use chicken drumsticks with 1-2 whole chicken bones.

Serve this soup with a bowl of steamed rice, or add cooked macaroni or noodles to make it a one-dish meal.


  • 1 ‘kampong’ or small chicken cut to chunks & skin removed (except for the drumsticks & wings)
  • 1.3 litres water
  • 2 medium russet potatoes peeled and cut to chunks
  • 1 large yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot peeled and cut to chunks
  • 2 stalks celery sliced thinly; optional
  • 2 slices ginger optional
  • 4 cloves old garlic optional; don’t peel or mash them
  • 1 tomato sliced to 6 wedges; use one more tomato if prefer a more tangy taste
  • salt to taste


Blanch chicken pieces in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water and set aside.

Stove-Top Method

  1. Add blanched chicken and all the ingredients except the last two (tomato and salt) into a large soup pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for another 40-50 minutes. Add tomato in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Season to taste with salt. For best results, keep warm in a thermal pot for at least 2 hours before serving.

Slow-Cooker Method

Use 900ml hot boiling water instead of 1300ml as specified in the recipe. Top up with a small amount of boiling water occasionally if required (when the soup in the pot is reduced).

  1. In a crock-pot slow cooker, add blanched chicken and all the ingredients except the last two (tomato and salt). Cook at “High” for at least two hours (starting from the time when the soup starts bubbling), then set to simmer at “Low” or “Auto” for a few hours or until ready to serve.
  2. Add tomato only at the last 15 minutes of cooking. Season to taste with salt.
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10 comments on “Chicken “ABC” Soup”

  1. Very fresh and delicious! Perfect for the flu season!

  2. The soup must be tasting so so good! Look at that golden hue…yum yum….
    I can sip bowls and bowls :)

    For a long time, I hv been wondering what does “ABC” in ABC soup stand for…hahaha

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  4. Can I just set to low, then go to work? Come back after 8 hours and ready to eat?

    • If you have never cooked soup in the slow cooker, I recommend you try out what you said (low on 8 hours) on a weekend at home. Different brand and model of slow cooker cooks differently. Once you can see it in action once, you’ll be able to gauge how much water to use (without the soup drying up in the course of 8 hours) as well as the timing required to cook the meat.

  5. hi. is it okay if I used red onion instead of yellow?I thought of using what I have in my kitchen.

  6. may i know why put in tomatoes in the last 15 mins only?

  7. Hi,

    Are the serving you recommended 3-4 small or medium sized bowls?

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