Saturday, January 23, 2021

Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup

Our chicken vegetable soup recipe uses rotisserie chicken, frozen veggies, and pasta, for the easiest meal ever! Make it for dinner tonight!

Title text (shown in a white bowl): Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup
Nothing goes better with chilly winter evenings than a warm bowl of delicious soup.

Plus, it’s easy to make a large batch to feed a crowd or save as leftovers. When your days are busy, not having to cook every night can be a lifesaver!

For another easy vegetable soup, try my Slow Cooker Minestrone. It’s hearty, filling, and ready in just a couple of hours.

Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Soup has tender bites of meat and pasta for a filling meal. Plus, this chicken vegetable soup recipe tastes just like the popular Italian dish!

Or if soup doesn’t sound appealing, make One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies instead. It goes from prep to table in under an hour for an easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients for chicken vegetable soup

How To Make Chicken Vegetable Soup

It really couldn’t be easier! Just prep all of your ingredients, then saute the onion in some butter.

Add the broth and bring to a boil, then stir in the pasta, vegetables, and tomatoes.

Once the pasta is tender, add the remaining ingredients and cook until the cheese has melted!

rotisserie chicken on a board

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Use chicken from your freezer. While a rotisserie chicken saves time and effort, you could easily cook a few chicken breasts or thighs to use instead. Or, make a big batch of crockpot shredded chicken, use some for this chicken vegetable soup recipe, and freeze the rest for future meals!
  • Swap in a different protein. This easy vegetable soup would taste just as delicious with some smoked sausage. Brown it with the onions, then remove to a plate and stir back in at the end.
  • Add your favorite vegetables. This recipe is incredibly versatile, so feel free to add whatever veggies you like. Diced fresh vegetables will also work, but you may need to cook them for a few minutes before adding the pasta so they have enough time to soften.
  • Don’t like chunks of tomato? Use tomato sauce instead! Plain works just fine, but you can’t go wrong with one that has extra garlic or seasoning. If you don’t mind diced tomatoes, try a fire-roasted variety for more depth of flavor.

    chopped rotisserie chicken in a bowl

    Kitchen Tools For Making Rotisserie Chicken Soup
    • Large Pot or Dutch Oven
    • Microplane/Zester - Perfect for grating smaller amounts of hard cheese like Parmesan.
    • Citrus Juicer - This gets every last drop out, which makes juicing lemons so much easier.
    • Quality Knives - If you only make one kitchen investment, it should be good quality knives. They cut down on prep time and are important for safety as well.

    chicken vegetable soup in a pot

    Recipe Notes + FAQ

    Storage and reheating
    Leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Store in jars or any other sealed container.

    Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warmed through.

    Can I freeze homemade soup?
    Soups with pasta don’t tend to freeze well simply because the pasta turns to mush when thawed and reheated.

    If you’ll be making a batch of this rotisserie chicken specifically for freezing, just leave out the pasta.

    Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months, leaving some room at the top for the liquid to expand.

    Then, cook the ditalini by itself and stir in when reheating. For more flavor, use chicken broth instead of water to boil the pasta.

    close up of soup on a spoon

    What is ditalini pasta?
    It’s a very short, round noodle shaped like a tube. Think tiny macaroni without the bend. Often, it’s used in creamy pasta salads or soups like minestrone or pasta e fagioli.

    This is a great choice for when you want just a little pasta bite or if you don’t want the noodles to overwhelm the dish.

    Orzo, alphabet, or other small pasta shapes are a great substitute if ditalini is not available where you shop.


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    bowl rotisserie chicken soup

    Yield: 8 1-Cup Servings
    Author: Donna Elick
    Chicken Vegetable Soup

    Chicken Vegetable Soup

    Our chicken vegetable soup recipe uses rotisserie chicken, frozen veggies, and pasta, for the easiest meal ever! Make it for dinner tonight!
    Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 30 Min


    • 1 regular sized rotisserie chicken – pulled apart (without skin) - about 4 cups chopped
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    • 8 cups chicken stock
    • Salt – to taste
    • 4 ounces ditalini pasta
    • 2 (12 ounce) bags mixed vegetables
    • 1 (15.5 ounce) can fire roasted garlic diced tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


    1. Prep: Pull the rotisserie chicken apart; discard the skin and using kitchen shears, or a knife, cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
    2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion, a dash of salt and cook until the onion is tender and starts to turn golden brown.
    3. Add the chicken stock and increase the heat to medium-high, bring to a boil. 
    4. Mix in the pasta, frozen vegetables and tomatoes. Cook for about 7-8 minutes, just until the pasta is done.
    5. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, chicken and pepper; cook for 1 more minute. Taste for seasoning add salt to taste.


    1. You can substitute your favorite cut of chopped cooked chicken, about 4 cups.
    2. If you do not like tomato chunks, you can use 16 ounces of tomato sauce.

    Title text (pictured in a white bowl): Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup

    Originally published January 2021

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