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


  • 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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mishchiefmia's picture
9th Nov, 2011
I added the bacon and also sweetcorn, we really enjoyed it and look forward to trying again and adding other ingredients!
19th Jan, 2011
Delicious - make at Xmas using left over Turkey and twice again using chicken - always asked for the receipe - great sign!!!
2nd Jan, 2011
Delicious and warming -- we all loved it. I followed the recipe exactly, using leftover dark meat from the Christmas turkey, and wouldn't change a thing.
30th Dec, 2010
As I don't like 'thin' soup, I thickened slightly with cornflour. Also added some mild curry powder to liven it up a little. Was enjoyed by all the family.
27th Dec, 2010
This was rather nice. Not brilliant, I won't be rushing out to buy another turkey to use the leftovers, but it wasn't bad. I tried it with the added bacon and I do feel that helped add flavour as turkey is very bland. All in all a nice cheap meal with very little effort.
22nd Dec, 2010
Thankyou Julie for your suggestion of using sweetcorn. I wanted to make this but as I don't like Chickpeas I was put off. I've now made it with chicken & corn and its delicious!! :) Also you can try adding broken up spaghetti instead of the rice. This makes it more of a noodly type soup.
29th Nov, 2010
I added the juice of one lemon to this recipe and it brightened it up. I also used quinoa instead of brown rice.
9th Nov, 2010
Immense. We make this all year round and is our go to recipe for any leftover chicken from the Sunday roast as well
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9th Jul, 2010
made this today it had plenty of flavour and easy to make,used dried chickpeas instead of tinned.
3rd Jan, 2009
Very tasty and easy to make.


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