Lunching Leftovers: Chicken Noodle Soup

If I roast a chicken for Sunday dinner, I can make the leftovers from that last most of the following week. I’ll shred off any leftover meat I can reach and make pie, croquettes or risotto – I might even have some in a sandwich for a quick lunch. I call this rubber chicken, because it stretches so far.

When it looks like there’s no more conceivable meals to be had, I’ll take the carcass and perform one more magic trick – my chicken noodle soup. This is just as satisfying for dinner as it is for lunch, and so easy to do it’s almost a folly to call it a recipe, but here we go!

chicken noodle soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 roast chicken carcass
3 pints water
1 vegetable stock cube
2 ‘nests’ egg noodles (I use fine, you may prefer thicker ones)
4/5 spring onions, finely shredded
100g frozen peas
Salt & white pepper, to taste


  1. Place your chicken carcass into a big stock pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil.
  2. Add the stock cube (you could use chopped carrot, celery and onion to flavour the water, but I find a stock cube easier), turn the heat down so the water is simmering and cover with a lid.
  3. Leave for 1-2 hours, but check occasionally and top up the water if it gets too low – keep the chicken covered.
  4. Strain the broth from the chicken; put the broth back in the pot. Shred/pull any edible meat from the chicken carcass and add it to the liquid.
  5. Put the pot back on a medium heat and break in the noodles. Add the frozen peas and simmer until the peas and noodles are cooked.
  6. Taste the broth and season with salt and white pepper as needed.
  7. Serve piles of the noodle-y, chicken-y mixture with ladlefuls of broth. Scatter the spring onion on top just before serving. If I’m feeling under the weather I like a good shake of chilli flakes over my soup too.

Sounds good, right? And much more thrifty/clever than just throwing away that last bit of chicken. I’m constantly surprised how much meat comes off in the soup, even after I swear I’ve stripped the carcass clean before.


Maggie Bob Reads: January Read List

I’m thinking if I blog regularly (monthly) about what I’ve read, it might encourage me to read more, right? I am terrible at reading ‘current’ things mind, so these lists might mostly be made up of older publications I am finally getting around to and a random assortment of family saga style books. Anyway – onwards!

Nightingale Nurses Sherlock Holmes Pictures of Lily
Long Way Home Guestbook Tethers

  • Donna Douglas: The Nightingale Nurses. I blame my obsession with Call The Midwife. A WWII hospital based tale,  featuring love, loss, and plucky determination.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages, but I was kind of worried I wouldn’t like it. Completely unfounded, I love John’s voice, the pace, the Victorian London setting, everything. I’ve read the two full stories and a handful of the short ones. Now dipping in and out when I’ve got a gap.
  • Paige Toon: Pictures of Lily. I’ve read my fair share of ‘chick lit’ (I kind of resent the term, but it fits) but this was the first one I’ve read set in Australia. It made me want to visit.
  • Joss Whedon: The Long Way Home (Buffy Series 8). I have wanted for so long to get the Buffy comics and pick up where the series left off. After a recent rewatch my fab hubby got me this as a birthday present. A very rich addition to the Buffy-verse and just the start of my collection, I’m sure.
  • Holly Martin: The Guestbook. I’m reviewing this later in the month with the GGBookTours girls, so I’m keeping my lip buttoned for now. However I will say that I got some funny looks at how much I was laughing out loud while reading this in a coffee shop. Oops!
  • Jack Croxall: Tethers. There was a lot of buzz about this among my fellow book bloggers on twitter, so I just had to check it out. More Victorian adventuring, but this time in a sleepy market village, we follow teenage friends Karl & Esther as they try to solve a puzzle involving a mystery gem, a cryptic diary and learning to swordfight. Really good, and I’m looking forward to the next two books in this trilogy.

A bit of a mixed bag, right? And this doesn’t include my birthday presents of the University Challenge quiz book and cryptic crossword book that I’ve been working through too.

Now time to whittle down my (ever growing) to read pile.