Quick White Bean Leftover Chicken Soup

Quick White Bean Leftover Chicken Soup is a hearty soup made by repurposing leftover chicken, and can be on the table in under 20-minutes.

Quick White Bean Chicken Soup
Quick White Bean Chicken Soup

Quick White Bean Chicken Soup with Leftover Chicken

Cold, Rainy, Winter Evenings SCREAM for hot & hearty soup and some homemade bread! Wouldn’t you agree?

Why do you suppose it is, that hot soup seems to comfort, when weather conditions are dreary or you feel dreary?

There are both chemical and practical reasons, which is why I always keep Bone Broth, homemade of course, portioned out in small containers, and in the freezer.

With bone broth tucked away in the freezer, a soup using leftovers in the fridge can come together in minutes.

Homemade Bone Broth
Homemade Bone Broth

Practical Quick Soups For Short Days

  • It’s a fast easy way to make dinner during the short days of winter. Simply warm up the broth you have stored in your freezer and empty out the fridge into the pot and let it cook!
  • Homemade Bone Broth has many health benefits hidden in that luscious gelatinous blob of juice that changes from a liquid to almost a solid when it  chills or is frozen. That broth gelatin is loaded with collagen (skin, nails and hair magic). Calcium, glucosamine, potassium are all extracted from the bones of animals and fish, when broth is made at home.
  • It’s warm on those cold and damp evenings, giving your body a warm blanket from within.
  • Don’t feel left out my dear sweet vegans, homemade bean soup packs a powerful punch in the health department too. Loaded with fiber, antioxidant and protein, you can’t go wrong with a hearty, vegetable ladened soup!
Chicken White Bean Soup
Chicken White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup

This white bean chicken soup covers all the bases and benefits you are looking for, but by all means, leave out whatever you prefer not to eat and still enjoy the comfort of this delicious soup.

White beans have a delicate flavor with soft texture, and lend themselves to poultry or simply a heap of vegetables in a luscious soup broth.

Beans can be soaked overnight, simmered for about 45-minutes to make them soft enough to add to the soup recipe here, or simply open a few cans of store bought white beans and soup is ready in minutes.

White Bean Chicken Soup or Black Bean Soup

I suppose you could say that we now live in a world with too many choices, if that’s possible. Some like it hot while others prefer it cold; both climate and food.

And while life can’t always be black or white, soup can!

For any given winter day, or game-day gathering, make a pot of hot soup for a cold day. White bean chicken soup or black bean soup with spicy chilies?

White Bean Chicken Soup and Black Bean Soup
White Bean Chicken Soup and Black Bean Soup

I made both and I’m telling you, all the soup was eaten; some particularly wanted the spicy black soup while others only wanted the chicken white bean soup. Choices!

Of course I had to have bread too, so why not make the bread black and white too! LOL! The Black Olive Bread went fabulous with both of the soups.

Black Olive Bread
Black Olive Bread

Bread and Quick Soup

What is a bowl of hearty soup without a decadent loaf of crusty, loaf of (preferably homemade), bread!

Since the white bean chicken soup was quick to put together, it gave me extra time to make a homemade bread.

My recipe for Homemade Bread, just a plain yet hearty white bread, was the perfect bread to serve with the white bean chicken soup.

Want It Quick Or Freshly Leftover?

While in the throws of raising four children as a single mom, the evening meal was something we all looked forward to.

Sure, it was one more thing I had to fit into my already busy life, but I valued this time to sit with my four favorite people in the world, and feed them healthy home cooked food.

The trick to a quick meal? An hour of meal prep time fit into one day a week.

Boiling bones from leftover meals, made for quick stocks and broth for other meals, and while my cauldron boiled away, I would make a few batches of savory muffins to tuck in the fridge for the busy week.

Because of this experience, many years ago, I found I had collected enough muffin recipe ideas to have a different muffin each day of the week.

Now, yes I did… I published these fabulous recipes in My Muffin Madness, which for sure there are many great savory muffins to serve with your winter soups!

Leftovers In The Fridge For Quick Meals

Once I entered my adult life, I realized that I don’t like eating leftovers.

The same meal a second night, just never feels like a meal I want to look forward to.

However, those leftovers in my fridge have become my ‘day off’ cooking meals, simply by repurposing them into a quick and new soup!

It seems that I always cook too much of everything, and so I have begun portioning out leftovers in airtight containers, label and freeze.

Toss a mirepoix (onions, celery and carrots), into a pot, pour boiled water from the kettle and before you know it, those leftovers will become a delicious soup for tonight’s meal.

Mirepoix - Always The Start Of Something Delicious
Mirepoix – Always The Start Of Something Delicious

Ingredients Needed

  • Broth – Homemade bone broth or store bought chicken broth
  • White beans
  • Leftover chicken or already cooked chicken
  • Greens – Spinach, Brussels sprouts or kale
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs – your choice
  • Celery
  • Olive oil
Nothing Better Than Homemade Soup and Homemade Bread
Nothing Better Than Homemade Soup and Homemade Bread

Equipment Needed

  • Medium soup pot
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Ladle
  • Stovetop or burner

More Soups To Love

Maybe you think similarly as me but I love soups all winter and salads all summer.

For this reason, I have created quite a large collection of soup recipes for every type of food preference.

Here are just a few of many, so by all means snoop around in my soup category and see what you might love to add to your winter soups.

So Many Great Soups To Love
So Many Great Soups To Love

Quick White Bean Leftover Chicken Soup

With a little leftover chicken this hearty, quick white bean and chicken soup comes together fast.
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Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quick White Bean Leftover Chicken Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • medium stock pot
  • Cutting board and knife


  • 4 cups Broth homemade or store bought
  • 2 cups Cooked White beans cannellini or navy
  • 1 1/2 cups Cooked Chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup Greens – kale spinach or Brussels sprouts rough chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • Fresh herbs – 1 sprig, rosemary, oregano, chives, thyme or any favorite
  • 2 Large Celery stalks chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil


  • In a medium size stock pot, heat the olive oil, add onions, garlic, and celery. Sauté until they become transparent.
  • Add the broth, beans, meat (if you are using meat), and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the greens of your choice and fresh herbs.
    Simmer another 10 minutes on low, and your quick, easy and healthy soup is ready!
 Quick White Bean Chicken Soup - Ready In 20-Minutes
Quick White Bean Chicken Soup – Ready In 20-Minutes
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