The Flavorful Shortcut For Chicken Soup That You've Been Missing Out On

Red pot of chicken noodle soup
Red pot of chicken noodle soup - Chas53/Getty Images

Comfort food is a sacred institution for a reason. Good food ripples with the holy, indescribable power to make people feel good. Admittedly, the word "comforting" implies some degree of familiarity, which is to say, "predictability," but don't get it twisted. Your go-to comfort foods should be reassuring, not boring, even if you more or less know what to expect when you see a steaming bowl of chicken soup sliding your way. To keep this beloved, tried-and-true comfort food classic rich and packed with flavor, use rotisserie chicken in your next batch of warming, mouth-watering chicken soup.

By the time you've finished fine-chopping all the veggies for that mirepoix, chances are you might be feeling a little spent on the prep work, especially if you're making chicken soup on a busy weeknight. Picking up a rotisserie chicken saves time, and it's frankly more flavorful than boiling or pan-frying store-bought chicken breast yourself. There's a reason why store-bought rotisserie chicken tastes so much moister and complex than the stuff you make at home (more on that here, and it's not your fault, for the record). And, of course, it's always a better option than adding canned chicken to a stockpot and hoping for the best (we've all been there). To do it, simply buy a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store or deli, tear it into shreds or chunks, then add the chicken to your pot or slow cooker of soup.

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Spin Your Way To Soupy Stardom With A Rotisserie Chicken

Packaged rotisserie chickens
Packaged rotisserie chickens - Fang Zheng/Getty Images

If you're really craving some of that inimitable home-cooked flavor, opt for store-bought rotisserie chicken and homemade stock or broth. Don't have any pre-made stock on hand? No worries. Once you clean the meaty bits off of that rotisserie chicken, don't toss out the skin and carcass. Add 'em to a large stockpot with water and whip up a batch of flavorful stock in an hour. You could spruce up your chicken soup even further with aromatic herbs and seasonings and flavorful softened vegetables. Fresh dill, oregano, thyme, sweet corn, and Old Bay would all make knockout finishing touches.

Impart that ultra-savory slow-cooked flavor into your chicken soup for depth and dimensionality. You could bring some umami roundness to bright, acidic chicken and orzo soup with lemon. Or, use rotisserie chicken as a flavorful, protein-packed shortcut for hearty, classic Chicken noodle soup with egg noodles, spicy chicken tortilla soup with fresh avocado, or creamy chicken and corn chowder. This tip is also a great way to use up any leftover rotisserie chicken remaining after another dinner recipe you made the night before.

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