Two Leftover Soups – Rotisserie Chicken and Brisket Barley

In the northeast we rotisserie more chicken than beef brisket in Texas it’ s the opposite. In the spirit of the playoffs I use a little of both to make these for those of you who maybe fighting the flu you got from throwing snow around Gillette Stadium each time we made a great play.

I bought a rotisserie chicken the other day was running late and needed a quick meal when I gazed the aisle of fried food or old pasta dishes and the thought of well-preserved food in the frozen aisle I settled for the rotisserie chicken with the thoughts of making a quick soup for Lyn with the leftovers, She got the flu and everyone knows chicken soup is as good as penicillin. When the time came to make it and when I pulled it out of the frig noticed the left over brisket the gears started to turn. Chicken soup and beef barley soup. Oh by the way did Mike call to see how she was, nooooooo let’s give him a hard time about that.

Note: I really did not measure anything just cooked via the gut

Chicken Soup

· Chop a few stocks of celery
· Chops a small to medium onion
· A couple of carrots sliced bite size
· 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
· Small handful of dried Basel
· Couple of bay leaves
· Salt and pepper ( I start with a little and add to taste when done)
· Large can of low sodium broth
· Cut up the chicken into 4 pieces
· Water


Sauté the onions, carrots and celery in olive oil until the onions are tender

Add the garlic stir until you can smell about 30 seconds

Add basil and stir then add broth

Add chicken

Add water to cover

Bring to boil and simmer until done at least 45 minutes

You can cook rice or noodles to serve with

Freezes great

Beef barley soup

· One carrot rough chopped
· A few mushrooms rough chopped
· Small Onion chopped
· 1 clove Garlic chopped
· About 1 teaspoon dried oregano it was a good pinch
· Left over brisket about 1 to 1 ½ cup chopped
· 2 cups beef broth
· 1/4 heaping cup barley


Saute the onion in olive oil until soften add garlic until you smell about 30 seconds.

Combine everything else in a pot bring to boil reduce to simmer for about an hour

Serve with cilantro on top cause my wife like that

Add barley and simmer for about 30 minutes

You could ad any vegetable you want and if you like crunchy add last 30-20 minutes of simmering.

Steve PPO


Michael Saver 1/12/2013 10:00:00 AM Edit

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