Need chicken soup in a hurry? Try this easy chicken soup recipe made with rotisserie chicken. It's a great quick alternative to slow-cooked chicken soup.
Here's a super-fast chicken soup recipe. What makes it so quick is using pre-cooked chicken and a few other shortcuts. You can make this soup with a rotisserie chicken—or leftover chicken you've roasted in the oven or cooked in the crockpot.
But the easiest way to make this soup is with a rotisserie chicken. Just be sure to get a plain one. The ingredient list for seasoned rotisserie chicken is pretty scary (always read the label!). Even better if you can find an organic or kosher rotisserie chicken—the ingredients are usually just chicken and salt.
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How to make chicken soup with rotisserie chicken
Since the rotisserie chicken is already cooked, all you'll need to do is quickly cook a few vegetables, add chicken broth, and reheat the chicken in the soup.
Pro tip: Another secret to this speedy chicken soup is cooking as you chop the ingredients. As soon as you've got the onions chopped, start sautéing them so they have time to caramelize and develop that slow-cooked flavor. (I use this large pot.)
While the onions are cooking, chop the carrots. Be sure to cut them into small pieces so they will cook all the way through. Add the carrots to the pot so they can start cooking while you chop the rest of the veggies.
Once all of the vegetables are added to the pot to cook, start prepping the chicken. I find the easiest way to do this is by using your fingers to pull the chicken meat off the bones. Then you can cut or shred any large chunks into bite-size pieces.
Next, add homemade chicken stock or a good pre-made stock or bone broth to the vegetables once they are soft. I usually try to keep some homemade stock in the freezer---and a few boxes of stock in the pantry for those days when I run out.
Once the stock is simmering, add the chicken. You can also add zucchini noodles (homemade or store-bought) at this point if you want chicken noodle soup.
This soup is so simple, you can stop at the grocery store on the way home from work and pick up a rotisserie chicken, a box of stock, and some vegetables to make soup for dinner.
Start to finish this chicken soup recipe takes just 30 minutes. Perfect when you need an easy chicken soup in a hurry.
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