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Hearty and satisfying, this Rotisserie Chicken Soup is a quick one-pot meal and one of my favorite leftover rotisserie chicken recipes. This healthy chicken soup is gluten-free and packed with protein, made with tender veggies, juicy shredded chicken, and chunky potatoes.
Hearty and Healthy Rotisserie Chicken Soup
I make this soup with hearty chunks of chicken and red potatoes, plus tender veggies, in a simple, flavorful broth that’s just so cozy and comforting. Homemade soup is just the best way to use up leftovers.
It really doesn’t get easier than sauteing up some ingredients, adding my favorite chicken broth, and letting the heat of the stove work its magic.
Why You’ll Love This Soup Recipe
Here’s why this easy chicken soup recipe is one of my new favorites (and soon to be one of yours, too!):
- Quick and easy. Have this rotisserie chicken soup ready in one pot, and on the table in a little over 30 minutes.
- Hearty and healthy. This chicken soup recipe is filled with nourishing protein and veggies for a healthy, soulful bowl.
- Use up leftover chicken. I love making a batch of this soup whenever we have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge. It’s one of the best ways to use up leftover chicken (and veggies)!
What You’ll Need
Below is a short list of ingredients need to make rotisserie chicken soup at home. Remember to refer to the recipe card with the full ingredient amounts:
- Olive Oil: You’ll need high-quality extra virgin olive oil for sautéeing the veggies, or you can use unsalted butter.
- Celery, Onion, and Carrots: This combination forms the flavor base for many soups and sauces. In French cooking, this trio of diced veggies is called a “mirepoix”, and you’ll see it used in recipes from Chicken Soups to Bolognese.
- Garlic: Use fresh garlic cloves or pre-minced garlic.
- Rotisserie Chicken: This hearty soup is one of my favorite ways to use Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken, or you can pick up a ready-made one from the store. Shred or dice up the chicken before you start.
- Red Potatoes: Dice up about 4 medium-sized red-skinned potatoes, or another waxy potato that holds up well in soups. Another good option is fingerling potatoes.
- Frozen Corn: You can add frozen sweet corn straight from frozen.
- Seasoning: This soup recipe includes dried thyme for added flavor, plus salt and pepper.
- Chicken Broth: I prefer to use low-sodium chicken broth or stock so the soup doesn’t come out too salty. Feel free to sub in vegetable stock instead.
How to Make Rotisserie Chicken Soup
This homemade chicken soup is soup-er simple:
- Saute the Veggies: First, saute the aromatics (celery, onions, carrots) in olive oil until softened, then stir in minced garlic.
- Add Chicken: Next, add the shredded chicken, potatoes, and frozen corn, and toss in some dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add chicken stock and stir.
- Cook: Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or so. The potatoes should be tender, and easy to pierce with a fork.
- Serve: Serve this quick soup alone as a light meal, or pair it with a side of Gluten-Free French Baguette for dunking. See below for more easy serving ideas!
Tips for Success
What’s the secret to making good soup? Here are some handy tips for the best rotisserie chicken soup:
- Use store-bought chicken to save time. If I don’t have leftover Rotisserie Chicken kicking around my fridge, I’ll use pre-shredded chicken that’s available from my local grocery store.
- Pre-chop your veggies. To get a headstart on this soup, you can dice up the carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes ahead of time. Store them airtight in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
- Make your own chicken stock. To really make the most of your rotisserie chicken, simmer the bones in water with onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and seasonings (thyme, salt, and pepper) for a few hours to make your own chicken stock. Simply strain the liquid through a mesh sieve and discard the carcass afterward.
Looking to mix up the ingredients in your chicken soup? Try these easy and tasty add-ins and variations:
- Noodles: Make rotisserie chicken noodle soup by adding in your choice of gluten-free or regular short pasta to simmer while the soup cooks. Penne, fusilli, and farfalle are good options. Different pasta will cook differently, so make sure to refer to the cooking times in the package instructions.
- Protein: In place of rotisserie chicken, you can make this soup with leftover oven-roasted chicken, cooked and shredded turkey breast, or cooked ham.
- Veggies: You can really include any of your favorite vegetables in this soup. Saute diced zucchini, bell peppers, and green beans, or add frozen peas.
- Cream: For a creamy chicken soup, stir in a bit of heavy cream before serving.
- Herbs and Spices: This recipe keeps it simple with dried thyme, but you can definitely mix it up and add in your choice of herbs and spices for more flavor. Spices like paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder pair nicely with chicken. Other herbs to try are bay leaf, dried basil, dried oregano, parsley, and rosemary.
Is chicken soup healthy?
Yes! There’s a reason why chicken soup is known as a soup we eat when we’re sick. It’s packed with immune-supporting nutrients, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins.
Should I remove the skin when making chicken soup?
I recommend discarding the chicken skin when shredding the rotisserie chicken for this soup. Including the skins can make the soup greasy.
What kind of pot should I use?
When I am making soup or stew, I like to use a heavy-bottomed pot. This allows for even heat distribution during both the sauteeing and simmering stages, even if you want to let it cook for several hours for the flavor to develop even more. An enameled cast iron Dutch oven is a great option. They will last forever, cook food evenly, and are easy to clean up. It’s a worthwhile investment.
Is chicken soup freezer-friendly?
Yes, this rotisserie chicken soup recipe can be made in advance and frozen. See below for more storage and reheating tips.
Storing and Reheating Chicken Soup
Store leftover rotisserie chicken soup airtight in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat the soup in a saucepan on the stove, or in the microwave until warmed through.
Can I Freeze Rotisserie Chicken Soup?
Yes! This chicken soup is easy to make ahead and freeze for later thawing and reheating. Once your soup has cooled completely, store it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months.
Defrost the soup in the fridge overnight before reheating it as usual.
Make It a Meal
Rotisserie chicken soup is a satisfying meal on its own, or you can serve it as a side dish. Here are some suggestions for more easy recipes to serve with it:
Healthy Rotisserie Chicken Soup
- Large Dutch Oven or Stockpot
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Serving Spoon
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2-3 celery stalks , diced
- 1/2 medium yellow onion , diced,
- 1 cup diced carrots (whole carrots or baby carrots)
- 3 cloves or 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 cups shredded chicken (about 1 lb)
- 4 medium red potatoes, diced
- 1 10 oz. Package Frozen Corn
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium high heat.
- Sauté celery, onions, and carrots until tender, 2-3 minutes.
- Add garlic and sauté an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Add the chicken, potatoes, corn, thyme, salt, and pepper, then pour in the chicken broth. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low.
- Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Serve hot, enjoy!
- I’ll use 1 pound of pre-shredded rotisserie chicken from my local grocery store to save time.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days.