Easy Chicken Noodle Soup (from Rotisserie Chicken leftovers)

Homemade chicken noodle soup is as comforting as it gets! Make this soup from rotisserie chicken leftovers and a few ingredients from your pantry and fridge!
bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup

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Rotisserie Chicken is a mom's best friend! Seriously, for those of us who work (admittedly, I only work part time, but still) that wearisome question of what's for dinner is a snap if a rotisserie chicken is hanging out in the fridge, right?

Rotisserie Chicken rocks!

I've found a simple way to one-up the rotisserie...I use the carcass and all the juices to make chicken noodle soup. My kids love it, and it tastes so good...especially on a cold winter night or if you're down with a cold. It's a great comfort-food meal.

So here are my non-directions (because I really don't think there's any way to mess this up) for how to make chicken noodle soup from your rotisserie chicken leftovers! Oh, and by the way, if you have a Costco or Sam's Club membership...the chickens you buy there are cheaper and about 3 times as big as the ones you get from the regular grocery store these days!

How to make awesome soup from rotisserie chicken leftovers

Put your chicken carcass (yes, bones and all) into a dutch oven or large soup pot and cover about 3/4 of the way with chicken broth, veggie broth or a combo. Don't forget all the goodies in the container the chicken came in. The cold temperature of your fridge will have caused the liquids to solidify into a jelly-like substance. Just pour a little hot water over it to reconstitute it and pour it right into your soup pot. There's a lot of flavor in there that we don't want to miss out on.

I like to add a couple of peeled carrots, and a couple of celery stalks, simply wash first, then cut in half and tossed in. Most of the time I'll quarter up an onion and add that too (didn't get a pic of that).

This time I added a small handful of fresh thyme from my herb garden.  I don't always add thyme..like I said, this is a loose recipe, just go with what you have on hand at the time. I pulled the leaves off the thyme, roughly chopped them and threw them in. I also added a little grated black pepper, no salt.

chop veggies

Here's what it all looks like in the pot. It's still all cold right now, you can see the jelled pieces of chicken juices on the top. Seriously don't forget that stuff, it really has a lot of flavor!

add ingredients to soup pot

Cover the pot and bring it to a boil and then let slowly simmer (keep the top on so you don't lose any liquid) for about 1-2 hours until the meat is falling off the bones.

At that point, everything gets removed from the pot except the broth. Use a large slotted spoon or skimmer to remove everything to a large bowl. Cool it slightly.

remove soup bones and let cool

Separate the goodies

Here's where it gets fun (not really...only if you like messy fingers). You're going to separate and discard the stuff you don't want in your soup (bones, skin, celery, fat, etc) from the meat and carrots. I use my fingers because it's just easier to feel what's what.

separate meat and veggies from bones

Each pot of soup I make is slightly different. This one has quite a lot of chicken. I just shred it into pieces with my fingers. I cut the carrots into chunks. If you like celery and onions in your soup, by all means cut it up and leave it in. You can see all the discarded gunk in the background; it's easiest if you have two bowls handy (I save the container the chicken came in and throw my discards in that because then I can just throw it out!).

Add seasonings

Then carefully add all this goodness back into the broth. Now's a good time to taste it and adjust seasonings. I like to add a shake or two of turmeric, red pepper and seasoning salt and grind some black pepper into the pot as well. Go easy on those hot spices! And if you have small children you might want to omit the red pepper altogether.

add noodles

Noodle time!

Bring the soup back up to a low boil and add your noodles. Let them cook according to the package directions, and you have just made homemade chicken noodle soup! Serve with toast, crackers or crusty bread and enjoy your efforts! I love to add a little chopped fresh parsley to the top of my bowl, but my kids prefer me to leave it off theirs!

Sometimes I'll add a big handful of raw spinach or even kale in the bottom of my bowl and pour the soup on top. It stays firm but adds a nice big dose of vitamins and other goodness that I don't even realize I'm eating. Then I'll add a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and croutons - now that's yummy!

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  1. Perfect for a winter's night! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. It is the ultimate comfort food, enjoy the recipe Ashley!

  2. looks delicious... great comfort food for the cold, good to know that.

  3. These recipes all look amazing. If I had kids, I would totally try them with them! Cheese is my favorite food group so…..


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