Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

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Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Yield:
4 to 6 servings

There is no scientific evidence as to why chicken soup is good for the soul, but we have a few ideas. It may be the soothing warmth, the flavorful vegetables, or the relaxing aromatics and seasonings.

Or chicken soup may calm your soul simply because Mom always made it for you when you were sick or just needed a hug. So whether you are trying to escape the cold or just looking for classic Southern comfort food, this Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is just what you need.

This recipe is so easy to prepare—you can make a big pot of soup and freeze it in individual freezer zip-top bags to pull out for a quick lunch or last-minute dinner when you're feeling tired or ill.

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients

A mirepoix, or aromatic base of carrots, onions, and celery, gives this chicken noodle soup with rotisserie chicken a whole lot of depth and flavor. The use of pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store makes this recipe perfect for when you're short on time during a busy work week.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Rich in antioxidants, extra-virgin olive oil is ideal for sautéing the veggies in this chicken noodle soup with rotisserie chicken recipe. However, if you want to add more richness to your soup, substitute the oil for unsalted butter—the rule of thumb is three-quarters of butter for olive oil, so for 2 tablespoons of oil, use 2 2/3 tablespoons of butter.

Vegetable Medley
Cooking and softening the vegetables in the first step is key to allowing the flavors to release and work together. While this recipe uses a mirepoix of vegetables, i.e., onion, celery and carrots, feel free to add more veggies to the mix. Spinach, corn, peas, zucchini, kale and sweet potatoes are all perfect additions.

Chicken
In this recipe, rotisserie chicken from the grocery store makes the prep extremely easy—and keeps the total cook time to just 30 minutes. However, if you have the time, you can roast your own whole chicken, shred it, and use the bones to make your own homemade chicken stock.

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup ingredients
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Broth
We recommend using lower-sodium chicken stock to keep the sodium count of your rotisserie chicken soup in chicken. You can also use the rotisserie chicken bones to make your own stock at home.

Herbs and seasonings
Italian seasoning and fresh parsley—as a garnish—keep this chicken noodle soup simple but flavorful. To further enhance the taste of your comforting soup, add in some oregano, rosemary and thyme—dried or fresh, the choice is up to you.

Noodles
While wide egg noodles are traditional in chicken noodle soup, you can easily swap them out for whatever pasta you have on hand. For example, macaroni and farfalle would work quite well in this recipe. You can even cut cup fresh lasagna noodles for a bit of a homemade noodle.

The Best Chicken for Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Many chicken noodle soup recipes require you to boil or roast a whole chicken, which makes for a flavorful soup if you have the time. This recipe, however, gives you a significant shortcut: rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

In fact, you can even shred the chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the soup—just make sure to note how long it's been in your fridge. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cooked chicken, including store-bought, can last in the fridge for three to four days if stored properly in a zip-top back or airtight storage container.

After you have shredded the chicken, freeze the chicken carcass so you can make chicken stock at a later date for your next batch of soup..

More: The Interesting Reason You Should Eat More Soup

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

This one-pot rotisserie chicken soup recipe is simple and provides plenty of leftovers that will carry you through the remainder of the week.

Step 1. Sauté vegetables

Sauté onions, carrots, celery and garlic in extra-virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir often until the veggies are nice and soft, approximately 8 minutes.

sauteeing vegetables in dutch oven
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Step 2. Add the chicken broth and rotisserie chicken

Add in the broth, shredded chicken, and seasonings. Bring the soup mixture to a boil before simmering for 6 minutes while the flavors develop.

making rotisserie chicken noodle soup
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Step 3. Add the noodles

Add in the egg noodles. Cook until noodles are tender over medium heat for approximately 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

cooking noodles in chicken noodle soup
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Step 4. Serve the soup

Ladle the chicken noodle soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley. Serve with a slice of toasted bread or saltine crackers.

chicken noodle soup cooking
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How to Serve Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

While the soup is simmering, warm up some homemade bread before you call everyone to the table for some comforting food for the soul. If you're looking for something heartier, you cannot go wrong with a side of some classic grilled cheese.

Here are a few more recommendations for side dishes that pair well with a bowl of rotisserie chicken soup:

Egg Salad Sandwiches
Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
Classic Southern BLT

How to Store Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Leftovers of this flavorful soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

When you're ready for some leftover soup at lunch the next day, reheat individual-sized servings in the microwave or on the stovetop.

More: This Soup Prepping Trick Will Save You Oodles of Time in the Kitchen

Can I Freeze This Dish for Later?

If you want to freeze this chicken soup, we recommend cooking the noodles separately and freezing just the broth (with the chicken and veggies). You'll, unfortunately, end up with a mushy mess on reheating if you freeze the soup with the noodles cooked in it.

To freeze, let the soup completely cool in the refrigerator before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag.

When ready to serve, thaw the soup in the fridge overnight. You can cook the noodles either in water or add them to the soup and cook over medium heat until tender.

More: How to Freeze and Store Soup

Tips for the Best Rotisserie Chicken Soup

– A tip from the Test Kitchen pros is to add a squeeze of lemon at the end. This helps to enliven all the flavors, especially if eating a once-frozen soup.

– You can chop the vegetables and shred the rotisserie chicken a day in advance to make dinner more effortless. Cover and refrigerate them in an air-tight container before you're ready to start cooking the soup.

Editorial contributions by Christabel Lobo.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium-size (9 oz.) yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced (about 1 Tbsp.)

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded, meat shredded (about 3 to 4 cups shredded chicken)

  • 8 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to Dutch oven; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are just soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in chicken, broth, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and gently boil 6 minutes. Add noodles to Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until noodles are tender, about 6 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley.

    Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
    Caitlin Bensel
Updated by
Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo

Christabel Lobo is a freelance food writer and illustrator based between Washington, D.C., and India. She has contributed to Southern Living, Allrecipes, Zagat, OpenTable, EatingWell, Cooking Light, Insider, and more.

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