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This post was updated and republished on September 26th, 2018.
Sometimes the perfect recipe comes together when you’re not even trying. And it makes me even happier when it does for me because I do not consider myself the greatest cook. This one turned out to be delicious!
Because I love to write about things that make life less over-whelming and save money, I had to share this tasty, easy, budget-friendly recipe with you.
I’ve got to give my husband credit, as he randomly suggested buying a rotisserie chicken to make soup for dinner – something I know is pretty common but I had yet to do. After that we came up with the rest of the ingredients together.
When it came to picking out a rotisserie chicken, we wanted one that would have a lot of flavor. We went with one covered in garlic because we both love garlic. It is up to you if you’d like to put the skin in the soup as well. It would certainly add more flavor.
We already had carrots and celery on hand so it was a no-brainer to include those items. You can include whatever other or different veggies you think would be good. You can even add some carbs if you would like such as potatoes or pasta. This soup really is adaptable to your tastes!
If you’d rather save a few dollars and not include as many veggies, that would work as well.
We also already had chicken bouillon cubes so we opted to use those instead of buying chicken broth. Update: the second time we made this we added 2 more cups of water than the recipe states just to have a little more broth this time around. You can add a few more cups if you would prefer more broth, but it is not necessary.
My husband did not chop the basil leaves, but instead pulled the leaves off the stems and dumped them in. You might choose to chop the basil. Update: the second time we made this we used dried basil instead of the basil bunch. Both ways came out great.
I don’t care for mushrooms (my husband wanted to add them) but I was able to eat around them very easily. Update: The second time we made this we skipped the mushrooms but only because I forgot to buy them – oops!
The only cooking you do outside of simmering the soup is to saute the onion until it is barely soft.
Then you dump the rest of ingredients in and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. That’s it! So simple!
We had this meal with a salad and dinner rolls. It was delicious, east to make, and very budget-friendly!
This final picture is when we made it with the basil bunch instead of the dried basil. You can definitely see the difference! But really, the flavor was great either way.
Give it a try and let me know what you think and what adjustments you made!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, cut into bite size pieces
- 3 carrots, cut into bite size pieces
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 basil bunch or 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
- 1/2 tablespoon parsley
- 4 cups water + 4 chicken bouillon cubes OR 4 cups of chicken broth (you can add more water if you prefer more broth)
- 1 cup of mushrooms
- Pull apart rotisserie chicken into small pieces.
- Pour oil into pot and heat over medium-high.
- Saute onions in oil until they soften a little, about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour in rest of ingredients, except the mushrooms, into pot.
- Cover and bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 min, or until carrots are tender. Stir occasionally.
- Pour in mushrooms at very end.
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