Roast chicken soup in a bowl with crusty bread

Roast chicken soup

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(116 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

Use up leftover chicken in this rustic soup with garlic cream and cheesy scones on the side

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen without garlic cream

Nutrition: per serving (without scones)

  • kcal339
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre6g
  • protein39g
  • salt2g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 medium carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves, roughly chopped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1.4l chicken stock
  • 300g leftover roast chicken, shredded and skin removed



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 200g frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • squeeze lemon juice


  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add 2 chopped onions, 3 chopped medium carrots and 1 tbsp roughly chopped thyme leaves, then gently fry for 15 mins.

  2. Stir in 1.4l chicken stock, bring to a boil, cover, then simmer for 10 mins.

  3. Add 300g shredded leftover roast chicken, remove half the mixture, then purée with a stick blender. 

  4. Tip back into the pan with the rest of the soup, 200g frozen peas and seasoning, then simmer for 5 mins until hot through.

  5. Mix 3 tbsp Greek yogurt,1 crushed garlic clove and a squeeze lemon juice, swirl into the soup in bowls, then serve.

  6. If you want to use a slow cooker, gently fry 2 chopped onions, 3 chopped medium carrots and1 tbsp roughly chopped thyme leaves for 15 mins then tip them with the veg into your slow cooker with 1 litre stock. If you're using a chicken carcass, add it now.

  7. Cover and cook for 2-3 hours on High until the veg is tender. If you used a carcass remove it now, shredding any remaining chicken from the bones.

  8. Stir back into the soup, or add 300g shredded leftover roast chicken now, plus 200g frozen peas.

  9. Cook for 30 mins more. Remove half the mixture and purée with a stick blender, then serve as above.

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16th Nov, 2009
So So Easy and tastes so Fabulous. All the family really enjoyed this and wanted to know when it would be served again. Like most people I did not do the garlic cream - no harm done! I added a small amount of left over mashed potato/veg from the sunday roast at the same time as the chicken. Will be a regular on my menu. Wonderful for using up roast chicken left overs.
17th Oct, 2009
easy to make and tasty
6th Oct, 2009
This soup was yummy. Didn't bother with the garlic yoghurt or the scones. I added more stock than suggested as I needed to make a more than the recipe suggests. Meant it was a bit runny but was very yummy anyway :P Perhaps I will add a potato like some people have suggested.
24th Sep, 2009
made this last night but without the thyme, garlic and cream and was delicious.....
16th Sep, 2009
GORGEOUS ! didnt add the garlic/yoghurt...this soup does not need it ! added potato chunks tho ...everyone wanted seconds !
26th Jul, 2009
Very quick and easy. added garlic with the onion. Hoping it will keep swine flu away.
18th Jun, 2009
Sorry forgot to rate recipe
18th Jun, 2009
Made the soup for lunch everyone enjoyed it. Didn't use the garlic cream but did put a clove of garlic in the pan with the onion, carrots and thyme.The soup was quite thick even without adding a potato.
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15th Jun, 2009
Soup is OK. Done it without thyme and with veg stock. But with small potato as suggested. Did not bother with garlic cream either. Scone is the hit!!! Absolutely fab!!! Made it just with feta and it went down a storm!!! Even with my two-and-a-half year old! It's coming a bit sticky, so have handful of extra flour ready on side.
8th Apr, 2009
This is a really nice soup, a tasty way of using up the left over roast. I add a small potato, just to thicken it up a bit, and, I have to admit, I don't bother with the garlic cream!


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