One of our readers reached out to us and asked if we would share our favorite leftover chicken recipe. She made the Rosemary Roasted Chicken that I detailed on the site and her children ate up all the chicken breast and drumsticks, and she was left with thigh meat. She had done salads for herself, but was hoping to use her leftovers to create another family friendly meal.
Our favorite “leftover” meal is very simple chicken soup. It can be hearty and family friendly, and most of all its a good way to get your children to eat their carrots. I like to make my kids soup for meals in the early spring and late fall, especially after those outdoor soccer or baseball games. This soup is perfect for those occasions where you both need to warm up.
If you have the time and know how, start your soup with a homemade chicken stock. If you’re in a bind and already just roasted a chicken and picked it clean, a store bought chicken stock will do just fine. Place a quart of your stock in a pot and put on the heat.
Chop up onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Use your judgement as to how much of each you add to your stock. I like to go heavier on the carrots since the soup is a nice way to get the kids to eat them. I like to do a half vegetable, half stock mix. If you want a heartier soup, add more vegetables, lighter soup less vegetables.
Dice half a cup of chicken and add it at this time. This chicken will end up falling apart a bit more as your soup cooks.Save a cup of diced chicken for later on in the process. Once your soup comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer. Remember to salt and pepper to taste. Cook for half hour or until your potatoes and carrots start to soften. Add the rest of your diced chicken and bring your soup once again to a boil. Turn off the heat, plate and serve!
You can add small star shaped pasta, or orzo to the soup if you wish to be creative. The super fine pasta and orzo will cook quickly so check the directions on the package and start checking for doneness a few minutes before the recommended cooking time. Let me know how it goes!