Left-over Chicken to Soup and Salad

I was sent home from Christmas Eve dinner with a bag of delicious lemon chicken, home-made by my Aunt.  I already had ideas for a delicious sandwich I could make with some additional left over brie and cranberries.

Sunday we made some delicious sandwiches with the left over chicken.  I toasted some ciabatta bread, sliced up my remaining brie cheese, and some chicken, and spooned cranberry relish over the whole thing.  I grilled this sandwich to melt the cheese, then opened it up to add a layer of crisp mixed greens.  With a side of sweet potato chips, this was a delightful weekend lunch.

Tonight I wanted to make some chicken noodle soup with what I had left over.  Usually, I just cook the chicken in the soup to make the broth, this chicken is already cooked.  I could have used boxed chicken broth, or the turkey broth that is currently in my freezer, but I wanted to try something new.  I sliced the chicken off of the bones, and browned the bones before tossing in the onions, carrots, and celery.

Chicken Soup Recipe ( a variation on Mom’s old stand-by)

  • 3-4 drumsticks, or other chicken pieces
  • half onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups whole wheat egg noodles
  • water

Remove meat from bones. Brown bones in a 3 qt pot.  Once bones have browned on all sides, drizzle some olive oil to loosen up the brown bits on the bottom.  Add chopped onions, celery, carrots, garlic and bay leaf.  Dust with salt and pepper, and saute until fragrant. Add egg noodles and chicken meat, and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until noodles are al dente, and chicken is warmed through.  Good to pair with a slice of garlic toast, or top with seasoned croutons.

P.S. Aunt Shari, I would LOVE the original chicken recipe 🙂



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4 responses to “Left-over Chicken to Soup and Salad

  1. Kelly, I think I got this out of Aunt Shari last weekend. She claims the recipe is from William-Sonoma, and I think it is this one here: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/chicken-with-lemon-and-oregano.html


  2. Hey! I want Shari’s lemon chicken recipe too!


  3. Willie

    The blog is looking great. I love that you have soup recipes on here; I’m going to try them. Keep the posts coming! 🙂


  4. yeah! something I made and smelling forever in my house turned into something yummy. I would have thrown it in the trash, me, not a cook! I did cook homemade chicken noodle soup, Curt was feeling sick, and so I added something new! I had jalapenos on hand, and he can take the spice. I cut it up and put it in the stock, if I thought about it earlier, I would have sauteed it with the carrots, onions and celery, but I was lagging. Though he claims the spice added at the end of cooking is enough to “clear the sinuses”. keep on cooking Shannon. 🙂


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