Homemade chicken soup |

Homemade Chicken Soup

  • Author: Sue
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours (up to 4 hours)
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x



  • Carcass from a roasted chook (meat removed and set aside)
  • Leftover gravy from roast chook dinner (I always make extra knowing I’ll be using it in soup)
  • Leftover roast veggies (as above) I like to bake a few extra cups of pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, head of garlic, leek. If none are leftover just substitute for fresh veggies
  • Head of broccoli (and stem included) chopped up
  • 3 litres of water (enough to cover everything in the pot and then some)
  • 34 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • few good pinches of salt & pepper


  1. Firstly for extra planning – roast additional veg with the intention of putting them in the soup
  2. Remove leftover meat from chicken carcass
  3. In a large stockpot place carcass, leftover veggies, fresh veggies if required and water
  4. Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves and tamari
  5. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 3-4 hours
  6. Remove carcass and bones from soup, using a potato masher or hand blender gently mash “some” of the veggies so soup is nice and thick
  7. Add in 1/2 cup of dried lentils or pulses if you like and simmer for a further 30 minutes
  8. Shred meat of chicken and stir back into pot. Check for seasoning. I often add a little more tamari at this point.
  9. If you have leftover fresh herbs like basil or parsely, perhaps a bunch of chopped kale then stir these through to soften in the last ten minutes.
  10. Serve with freshly grated parmesan and crusty bread


  • The intention with this soup is to create a second meal from a roast chicken dinner. However by all means you can go ahead and use all ingredients from scratch
  • The recipe is very accommodating, I switch it up depending on what is in my fridge that needs using up
  • We’ve had several variations of this – if you add in some corn kernels it has an asian twist; or curry and tumeric powder gives a hint of indian.