Chicken Soup from Bones

Chicken Soup

Home made Chicken SoupI really love making soup.  It is a creative process that produces a wonderful and satisfying result.  Using bones to develop a broth is economical and you can modify as to what you have in your fridge or dietary needs.
A very easy bone soup is using the carcass from a purchased BBQ chicken.  For two people you can have a nice chicken dinner one night, sandwiches the next day and chicken soup the following dinner time.  It makes the purchase of a precooked meal very thrifty.  I have also found that generally buying a whole raw chicken is, more often than not. more expensive than the BBQ ready to serve ones are.  Go figure.
Broth and VeggiesAfter the first nights dinner, remove all the meat from the bones.  Chicken and ZucchiniToss the bones and skin into a large pot with
a half of onion; cover with cold water; bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 hours.  Strain and discard all the bone mixture.  At this point you can make soup, but I find that if I cool it overnight I can skim most of the fat off for a healthier soup.  Once the fat is skimmed off you can freeze your stock to use another day if you aren’t making soup immediately.  Mine made appx 4 cups of broth.
This is where the fun begins.  What’s in the fridge?  Well, today I had 3 carrots, a couple of potatoes and a zucchini, oh and the chicken leftovers from last night.  I’m sure I can make dinner out of that.
Start by chopping the potatoes into bite size pieces.  Think of it on a spoon and screaming hot!  You don’t want too big a bite.  Toss them in to the broth.
Next I peeled and grated the carrots and put them in.  Sometimes I just chop them small but what’s life without a little change now and again?  The zucchini will wait until the end when I add my leftover chicken, that way it doesn’t over cook.Homemade Chicken Soup
To season I added salt; a pinch of garlic; paprika; and thyme.  I don’t like to be too generous with the garlic as it overwhelms the soup.  I love to add onion but did not have any left so slipped in a chive stem and some fresh parsley.

Last goes in the chicken and the zucchini.  Taste and adjust the seasonings, cook until potatoes are soft.


Serve with fresh hot biscuits or bread and butter.  Yummy!

Chicken Soup from Bones

Chicken Soup from Bones


  • 4 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 cup leftover chicken
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 2 potatoes, chopped small
  • 1/2 zucchini, chopped small
  • Seasonings


  1. Chop the potatoes into bite size pieces
  2. Peel and grate the carrots
  3. Add seasonings
  4. Put potatoes and carrots in broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, lower heat to simmer and cook for 1/2 hour
  6. Chop Zucchini and break up chicken to bite size pieces and add to the pot.
  7. Continue to simmer for an additional 10-15 mins.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasonings
  9. Soup is done when potatoes are soft.
  10. Enjoy
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  1. Kara Marks says:

    I was just thinking today how I can’t wait to make some chicken soup now that the weather is getting cooler. Yours looks wonderful!

  2. The idea of zucchini in the soup is interesting.

  3. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This sounds so good. What a great and healthy meal. Thank you for sharing

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