Leftover Roast Chicken or Turkey Soup

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Can you believe it’s November already?? Time for another soup and this one’s right on time for the busy holiday season — and don’t forget the healing power of a nourishing bowl of soup this time of year. Not sure what to do with your leftover turkey this holiday? Swap the chicken for your holiday bird — easy!

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Leftover Roast Chicken or Turkey Soup
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini cut into ½-in slices
  • 8 oz chopped portobello mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, 2 chopped & 1 crushed
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 64 oz chicken broth
  • ½ a leftover roasted chicken or turkey
  • ½ lemon
  • Oil for sautéing
  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot.
  2. Add the chopped carrot, zucchini and mushrooms to the pot. Season with approximately ½ tablespoon salt, or as desired. Shortly after, add your garlic and remaining salt. Continue to sauté and stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Next, add your leftover roasted chicken or turkey meat to the pot and then cover with your broth.
  4. Give everything a stir until well combined and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  5. Let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Squeeze juice of the half lemon over soup. At this point, you have the option of removing the chicken pieces and shredding the meat off to put back in the pot, or you may leave the pieces in whole. Personally, I don’t mind leaving the chicken parts in whole with the broth. Depends on preference.
  7. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve warm. Feel free to add more salt or freshly-squeezed lemon juice individually as desired. Enjoy!



About Kris King

Kris is a wife and mommy to an amazing toddler boy. By day, she is a high school business teacher; by night, a creative who loves to cook! In 2016, she began chronicling her journey of switching to a paleo diet for fun on Instagram. However, a few years after that, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called myasthenia gravis. Having recently had her first child, life wasn’t slowing down and neither was she. She gained a new sense of hope when she discover the AIP. That, coupled with her determination to bounce back with renewed strength, she officially made the switch to paleo lifestyle, developing recipes to include many that are AIP-friendly. Since then, she’s managed to decrease inflammation significantly, and has discovered the body’s miraculous ability to heal. Kris is the author of Meals You Deserve, an AIP ebook collection of flavorful and fun recipes. Find more on Kris here: Fashioned2Inspire, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

1 comment

  • Kristie says

    This recipe was excellent! I’m in love with the brightness that the lemon brings to it and the mushrooms really set it off for me. Thank you!!

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