Recipe: 2nd Avenue Deli Chicken Soup

This recipe, inspired by the famous 2nd Avenue Deli in New York City’s East Village, is a comforting and savory treat perfect for a cozy dinner on a chilly winter’s night. With a perfect balance of herbs and spices, it’s an easy and delicious way to enjoy the soulful flavors of Jewish comfort food.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion, celery, and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth, turmeric, dill, parsley, and soy sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite crackers or croutons.

This 2nd Avenue Deli Chicken Soup is the epitome of classic Jewish comfort food – hearty, homey, and simple. It’s incredibly versatile and simple to prepare, lower in fat and calories than many other varieties, and can be enjoyed year round. Whether you’re looking for a warming winter meal or a refreshing cool-weather lunch, this soup is the perfect choice. Packed with the distinct flavors of Jewish deli classics like matzoh ball soup and chopped liver, it’s the perfect balance of savory herbs and spices. Plus, you can easily adjust the flavors to suit your palate and customize the soup to your own taste.

If you want to make it a heartier meal, replace some of the broth with an equal amount of diced potatoes or add a few tablespoons of noodles. For a vegan version, replace the chicken and broth with vegetable broth and cubed tofu. You can even add a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to give it a unique umami flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a few tablespoons of your favorite pickled vegetables for added texture and flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or an iconic culinary experience, 2nd Avenue Deli Chicken Soup always hits the spot. Experience the unmistakable flavor of Jewish-style cooking in your own home with this delicious and easy-to-make recipe. So turn off the lights, put on your favorite loungewear, light some candles, and curl up with a bowl of this cozy and comforting soup – you deserve it!