"Leftover Deli-roasted Chicken" Soup

Yield: 2 to 3 quarts soup, depending on what you add!

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After you've carved off the great majority of meat from a crispy, juicy roasted chicken, you can still make a delicious meal from what's left. Start with my basic soup recipe then add your favorite seasonings and ingredients.



Peel and chop the onion, saving the skin for the stock. Chop the celery and carrots and save any trim for the stock. Place the chicken carcass in a large soup pot and add the water or broth. Add any trim from the onions, celery and carrots. Bring the pot to a simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the surface and cook for 1 hour.

Strain the stock, pressing hard on the meat and vegetables to squeeze out the juices. Pick off any extra chicken meat and reserve it. Discard the bones and vegetable trim. Season the stock with salt and pepper.

Place the empty pot back on the stove and heat the oil. Sauté the onions, celery and carrots until tender. Pour in the stock and add any cooked chicken meat. At this point you may finish your soup in a variety of ways. This is the part where you open your pantry or refrigerator and say "hmmm."


  • Simmer pasta, rice or other grains in the flavorful soup until tender
  • Fold in cooked beans, tomatoes or left-over vegetables
  • Stir in mashed potatoes and sage
  • Add garlic, fresh herbs or spices for a vibrant touch
  • Add ginger, red curry and coconut milk for an Asian flavor

Recipe by Lynne Vea, PCC Chef

Lynne Vea


Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.

Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.

She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.

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Less oil

There's no logical reason to use 3 Tbs of oil. 1 Tbs is adequate to saute all the onions, etc. I love this soup, but your version is too oily.

Less oil

Thanks for your insight. You make a valid point. I am sometimes a little generous on the oil because it gives the vegetables such a nice caramelization. You can certainly reduce it to any degree that serves you well.


Great recipe to re-invent

Great recipe to re-invent using leftovers. OK, not everyone responds well to passive-aggressive shaming, even when it comes to leftover food use. But dig these statistics anyway. Over the course of a year, those few slices of bread and food scraps thrown out here and there amount to a lot. Collectively, Americans dispose of millions of tons of perfectly good leftovers. Read more here.

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