Let's welcome the onset of soup season by taking the edge off these chilly days with my Low Carb Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup, the perfect easy chicken soup recipe.
This recipe transforms your leftover rotisserie chicken into a nourishing, keto-friendly delight loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs. Ideal for anyone like me who is embracing a low carb lifestyle, this flavorful chicken soup is not just a leftover chicken soup recipe; it warms the soul with every spoonful.
This recipe is: LOW CARB, KETO-FRIENDLY and GLUTEN FREE.
Inspiration for the Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe
The idea for this Low Carb Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup came to me on a chilly day when my wife was feeling under the weather with a cold. In our house, nothing says comfort food like a hearty bowl of chicken soup, but all I had was a rotisserie chicken I had cooked the day before.
That's when it clicked – why not use the leftover chicken meat and create a tasty soup? It was the perfect opportunity to experiment with a low carb version of a classic chicken soup but without egg noodles or wild rice.
I got to work, defrosting my homemade broth and then gathering up all the low carb and keto-friendly veggies I could find in our kitchen. Each ingredient was chosen as a great way to pack in flavor. The result was incredible – a soup that was not only a hug in a bowl for my wife but also a delicious way for the whole family to enjoy dinner later that day.
Is Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup Low Carb or Keto-Friendly?
Absolutely! My Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup is a dream come true for anyone following a low carb or keto lifestyle. The soup is teeming with veggies like celery stalks, cauliflower, and zucchini, all known for their low carbohydrate content and nutritional richness.
This makes the soup keto-friendly and packed with amazing flavors.
You can use your own bone broth or make a flavorful broth from scratch using leftover chicken bones or the chicken carcass. It takes a little extra time but adds amazing flavor.
The beauty of using leftover cooked chicken lies in its simplicity and versatility. Rotisserie chicken is a staple while in keto. It brings heartiness to the soup without adding any extra carbs. It’s filling, nutritious, and most importantly, aligns with the lifestyle.
Ingredients for the Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup
The magic of this soup lies in its blend of fresh, low carb ingredients, each adding its unique flavor to make every spoonful a delight. Here’s what you’ll need to create this winter-warming soup:
Leftover Rotisserie Chicken: The star of the soup, rotisserie chicken brings a rich, deep flavor and an excellent source of protein, essential for a fulfilling low carb meal. For this recipe, you can use any shredded chicken, chopped chicken breast, or chicken leftovers.
Chicken Broth: Using low-sodium chicken broth as the base adds depth and warmth to the soup, complimenting the other ingredients. If you don't have chicken stock, you can use vegetable broth or, in a pinch, just cold water.
Onion and Garlic: These aromatics are key for building a foundation of flavor. Using yellow onions adds a subtle sweetness, while fresh garlic brings its characteristic pungent, earthy notes.
Celery: Adds a crisp texture and a familiar taste, contributing to the soup’s nutrient profile without adding significant carbs.
Zucchini: This low carb vegetable is a fantastic way to bulk up the soup with its mild, slightly sweet flavor and tender texture.
Cauliflower Florets: A great low carb alternative to potatoes or carrots, cauliflower adds body and heartiness to the soup.
Baby Bella Mushrooms: Known for their meaty texture, these mushrooms lend an earthy depth to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A source of healthy fats, olive oil is used for sautéing, contributing to the soup’s richness and helping those veggies sweat.
Dried Thyme and Oregano: These herbs infuse the soup with the flavors that complement all the other ingredients. If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs too.
Kosher Salt and Ground Pepper: Essential for seasoning the soup. Try to use either kosher or sea salt rather than table salt. If you do use table salt, cut back to perhaps 1 teaspoon to prevent over-salting.
Fresh Lemon Juice: A squeeze of lemon juice is the easiest way to add a bright, refreshing twist, cutting through the richness of the soup.
Fresh Parsley: Used as a garnish, parsley adds a pop of color and a fresh, herbal note to finish the dish.
KEEP IN MIND: If you are using store-bought rotisserie chicken, to check the label for hidden sugars or starches.
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Bring this homemade chicken soup recipe to your table:
Start by preparing your vegetables. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a stock pot or other large pot on the stove top. Add the diced onion and minced garlic with a pinch of salt, stirring until the onion becomes translucent. This process, known as sweating the onions, unlocks their natural sweetness and melds beautifully with the fresh garlic.
Next, add the chopped celery, zucchini, and mushrooms to the pot. Add another pinch of salt here to season these vegetables lightly. Sauté them for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften. This step is crucial as it builds layers of flavor, essential in low carb cooking.
At this stage, stir in the cauliflower florets along with dried thyme and oregano, cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes. The herbs release their fragrant oils, infusing the soup with depth and character.
Now, pour in the chicken broth and bring your soup to a gentle boil. Add the kosher salt and ground pepper to the broth, seasoning it just right. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the shredded chicken into the simmering broth.
Let the soup simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the chicken to heat through and the vegetables to become perfectly tender. If it appears that there isn't enough liquid, add in a couple cups of water. Be sure to adjust the seasoning again.
The final touch to your soup is a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving. This step ensures the best results by adding a bright note of acidity that cuts through the richness, elevating the overall flavor profile of the soup.
A VISUAL GUIDE TO LEFTOVER ROTISSERIE CHICKEN SOUP:
Follow along with me on a step-by-step guide to making this hearty soup right in your own kitchen.
Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Homemade Chicken Soup:
Storing in the Refrigerator: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Soup is ideal for meal prep, thanks to its easy storage. In the refrigerator, store the soup in an airtight container; it will stay fresh and delicious for up to 4-5 days.
Make sure to let the soup cool to room temperature before refrigerating. This ensures the flavors meld beautifully (we all know that soup tastes better the next day!) and the soup doesn't heat up your fridge.
Freezing for Later: For longer storage, this soup freezes exceptionally well. Portion the cooled soup into freezer-safe containers or bags, leaving a little space at the top as liquids expand when frozen.
It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Labeling your containers with the date helps keep track of freshness.
Reheating: When you’re ready to enjoy your soup, reheating is a breeze. If frozen, thaw the frozen soup in the refrigerator overnight. To reheat, pour the soup into a pot and warm it over medium heat on the stove top. Stir occasionally until it’s heated through.
The soup may thicken upon refrigeration or freezing; feel free to add water or chicken broth to reach your desired consistency. Before serving, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, as flavors can change slightly after storage.
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