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Chicken Soup for the BGE

Roasted a whole chicken last night, for the first time in a long time.  I prefer parts because I can control the finish time better.  When I do a whole chicken this style, I always block the neck to keep moisture in with whatever fruit is laying around, or an onion.  Tonight it was a nectarine and the core of a pineapple.

Got a late start, and by the time it was finished we didn't have much appetite.  The Spouse had a thigh, and I had a few scraps, we'd already eaten some fruit salad.

So today I had most of a roasted chicken to deal with.  Into the pot to boil briefly, then sit for a couple hours in the hot water.  Stripped of all the usable meat, and back into the pot with some veggies and spices, and voila, chicken soup.  After the heat is turned off, for the ingredients to get friendly, I slosh in a couple of cups of white wine.Pretty darned good, if i say so myself.

XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys


  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,531
    Looking at the photos, I now wish I'd kept the drip pan juice.  I will do that from now on, and if I don't use it in a day or two just toss it out. 

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,825
    Will remember this for the fall/winter

    LBGE, Adjustable Rig, Spider, High-Que grate, maverick ET-732, Thermapen,

    Garnerville, NY
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,804
    Omg that looks good... I'll take some now.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • New2QNew2Q Posts: 164
    I've been saving my chicken backbones from spatched chickens.  After I have 3-4 lbs. I'm going to make some homemade chicken stock and then use that as a base for some homemade chicken soup.  Your soup looks great with the mushrooms and mirepoix!  I'll have to keep that in mind and use mushrooms with my soup.  
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,827

    Wow!  My next spatchcock is gonna give up soup like that.


    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,531
    edited August 2013
    Here is the yield for most of a regular sized roaster.  The one on the left is very hearty, almost chicken stew (I thought about adding a little flour to thicken it).  The middle one came out of the bottom of the pot, and has plenty of chicken, but it is small, broken down pieces.  It is definitely different in texture but not taste.  On the right is just stock which I am using to make rice tonight.

    The important thing here is to remember the chicken is already cooked.  With a raw chicken you boil it a lot more.  For this it was simmered briefly and then left to sit in the hot water with the heat off for a couple of hours before stripping the meat.

    We use beef scraps and bones to make soup too.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • If life gives you leftover chicken, make soup.
    Live on beautiful Lake Hartwell GA
  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,326
    the color on the skin of it roasted is picture perfect!  great work!

  • That looks really good.  I like the color on that skin, is that a brown sugar rub you used?

    John - SLC, UT

     Webers, Eggs, Bubba Keg, Smokin-It #3

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,531
    Grill Masters Montreal Chicken rub.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    That bowl of soup photo with all the mushrooms looks fantastic! Great idea. I'll be bookmarking this for later! Thanks Doc
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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