Chicken soup made from the chicken carcass, why not? All the flavors of wonderful homemade chicken stock come together in this comforting chicken carcass soup recipe. This may be the best chicken soup recipe yet!
The secret to this savory soup recipe is the chicken bones, where lots of flavor and nutrients hide. Along with chopped carrots, celery, onions, garlic, leeks, and dried herbs, the layers of flavor in this soup are rich and plentiful in a relatively short cooking time.
This soup is similar in flavor to the classic chicken noodle soup recipe but with a twist. The ingredients, including some of the chicken meat, are blended together in a food processor for a creamy soup that you can make with or without any cream!
This chicken soup recipe is inspired by my leftover turkey soup recipe, another comforting soup recipe made with leftover meat. This chicken carcass soup recipe goes great with a fresh loaf of my healthy chia seed bread or any other chunky bread for a filling and complete meal that the whole family will love.
There's never a bad time for chicken soup, but this chicken carcass soup recipe is especially warm and satisfying when the weather cools down. Enjoy this soup when cold season is in full swing and a cup of plain chicken broth and chunky bread just won't cut it.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's healthy with lots of nutrients
- It's delicious and kids love it
- It's easy to make
- It's creamy and irresistable
Equipment Needed to Make This Recipe
- Heavy-bottomed sauce pan - a large pot with a heavy bottom is ideal for cooking your chicken carcass soup. The heavy bottom helps to evenly distribute heat throughout the entire pan, resulting in a more efficient cooking time
- Tongs - use tongs to brown your chicken in batches, easily turning over the pieces to get browning on all sides
- Wooden spoon - a wooden spoon is ideal for scraping up browned bits that are left from the cooked chicken. Use the spoon to saute your aromatics and stir your soup once you've added the chicken back in at the end
- Fat skimmer - as your chicken and vegetables cook at barely a simmer in the water, check the surface for scum, or fat, and remove it easily with a handy fat skimmer
- Food processor - once your chicken and vegetables are all cooked, remove the meat from the bones and skin and place it in a food processor with the all the liquid to make a creamy blended soup. This step brings all the flavors together and makes the chicken carcass soup extra delicious!
Break down the whole chicken carcass on your own to save some money when making this recipe. The grocery or butcher charges extra money to break down the chicken carcass, so by learning the basic of butchering, you can save some change. In addition you don't waste any part of the chicken carcass, as the whole bird can go into the pot.
How to Make This Recipe
Butcher a whole chicken. Reserve the breasts and chicken legs for other recipes. It works out cheaper!
In this recipe I used the carcass and wings.
Brown the chicken pieces. Remove from the pot.
Soften the vegetables with an extra bit of oil.
Add the browned chicken pieces.
Add herbs and seasoning.
Remove the chicken pieces from the soup.
Pick the meat off the bones and chuck the former back into the soup. Blitz the soup if you like your soups smooth.
You can use leftover roast chicken instead of starting from scratch with raw chicken as a shortcut to your chicken carcass soup. If you use leftover chicken you won't get some of the extra flavor from browning the raw chicken in your pot.
Popular Substitutions for This Recipe
You can make this chicken carcass recipe with leftover chicken instead of raw for a shortcut that will still taste good. Leftover chicken won't produce the same layers of flavor as starting from scratch, but it is a great shortcut. If you can use leftover chicken that has been roasted, there will be richer flavor.
This recipe can also be made with leftover meat from a turkey after Thanksgiving for some variety away from turkey sandwiches
This soup can be made with any combination of vegetables. Instead of carrots, try parsnips, they have the same sweetness as a carrots when you cook them. If you don't have any celery you can check out these celery alternatives.
Variations to This Recipe
- Add egg noodles to your chicken carcass soup. Who wouldn't love some cooked noodles in this super good soup?
- Make this recipe in a slow cooker instead of on the stove. I suggest browning your meat on both sides before placing it in the slow cooker for the extra flavor.
What to Serve With Your Chicken carcass soup
This healthy and very delicious chicken carcass soup is a complete meal in and of itself, but it goes great as an appetizer or course in a meal. Here are some recipes that will go with this hearty soup.
Accompany your chicken carcass soup with some delicious sides for a smorgasbord of flavors and textures
- Pesto stuffed bread - bread and soup go perfectly together, and this extra tasty pesto stuffed bread is no exception. Instead of going for a plain loaf, this recipe incorporates pesto and cheese into this hot baked loaf of goodness
- Roasted artichoke hearts - looking for an easy vegetable side to serve with your chicken caracass soup? Try these roasted artichoke hearts for a light addition to your meal
- Curried cauliflower with yogurt - full of unique flavors, this curried cauliflower and yogurt side dish is another great option to accompany your chicken carcass soup
- Roast marrow - light and easy, roasted marrow is a perfect compliment to a hot bowl of chicken soup
A nice crisp and cold salad goes great before or after enjoying a hot bowl of chicken carcass soup
- Cherry tomato salad - try this simple cherry tomato salad as a starter
- Mediterranean salad - full of lots of vegetables, this Mediterranean salad is a must try for some crunch
- 4 bean salad - if you love beans, you'll welcome this bean salad to the table as a protein packed dish
- Rainbow quinoa salad - taste the rainbow with this quinoa salad rich in veggies and nutritious quinoa
How Do I Store Leftovers?
Store this recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator once it is cooled down.
Can I Freeze This Recipe?
Yes, you can freeze this chicken carcass soup recipe. In an airtight container, store in the freezer once completely cool for four to six months.
How Long Will This Food Last in The Refrigerator?
This recipe will last for five days in the refrigerator when stored correctly.