Perky turkey soup

Easy turkey soup

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(26 ratings)

Ready in 25-35 minutes


Serves 4

A warming winter treat, this spicy turkey soup is a great use of Christmas leftovers - happy Boxing Day!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen


  • kcal291
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein27g
  • salt1.78g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced into thin strips



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  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ - ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp basmati rice or long grain rice
  • 1½ l hot turkey or chicken stock
  • 250g 9oz turkey meat, cut into thin strips (leg meat will have the most flavour)



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  • 410g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
  • a handful of fresh coriander or flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes or so, stirring every now and then until it starts to soften.

  2. To make the soup, add the red pepper, ground coriander, chilli and rice and stir round the pan for about a minute. Pour in the hot stock, stir in the turkey and chickpeas and season well. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables and rice are tender. Stir in the coriander or parsley and it’s ready. (The soup may now be cooled and frozen for up to 1 month.)

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emmapower06's picture
26th Dec, 2018
Lovely soup to use up leftovers i increased the spice for me once the children's portion had been dished up. I served with some warm crusty bread. Very tasty soup this is a firm favourite on boxing day in my house.
3rd Feb, 2015
I've just made this, it was quite tasty but I did add double the amount of chilli flakes, and it could have done with a bit more. I whizzed it as I'm not keen on very lumpy soups but took out a spoonful of the meat etc to stir in afterwards. The texture was a little grainy but overall the flavour is good, I'd say the fresh coriander is a must.
wolf52's picture
31st Dec, 2013
Made this the other day. Was tasty but I thought it could do with a bit more of a kick, so next time will add more chilli.
24th Nov, 2013
We often do this as a quick Monday meal with left-over chicken from the Sunday roast and it's always a winner. Really tasty and easy to put together.
6th Jan, 2013
this was OK, and good to use up turkey, not a favourite though
30th Dec, 2012
Excellent way to use turkey stock after christmas and a change from the usual mixed vegetable soup I normally make with it. Only change was I used a tin of canellini beans instead of chick peas and added a little garam masala.
28th Dec, 2012
The perfect anecdote to a heavy night of drinking on christmas day. Boxing day lunch was revamped and this soup went down a treat. The name says it all.
15th Sep, 2012
This tasted nice but I dont think I'd be making again. Not really sure why the rice is needed...
mishchiefmia's picture
18th Mar, 2012
Really like this recipe, love the kick it has! Yum!
susannahgrammar's picture
25th Nov, 2011
A great base recipe - I made a few changes that did it for me: made my own stock from the turkey bones and skin, so that the soup was flavourful and rich instead of thin, and switched the lemon for lime to give it an authentic Mexican kick - also used potato chunks in place of pasta or rice. Delicious and super-filling on a cold night!


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