[Foodie Friday Recipe] Leftover Turkey Soup with Dumplings

This rich, nourishing soup is perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather – and a great way to use up leftover turkey or chicken!

If you still have part of a leftover turkey carcass in the fridge, this recipe will help you make the most of it, bones and all! This recipe is easily adaptable to chicken or turkey – raw or cooked, and it makes a hearty and comforting winter meal. Whether you’re fighting a cold, or simply looking for a delicious and filling meal, this tasty soup will hit the spot.

You won’t need chicken broth for this recipe as long as your chicken or turkey has bones in it. You’ll be making your own broth in the pot – much more nutritious and tasty! (If your meat is boneless, you can substitute pre-made chicken broth or bone broth for half of the water.)

Chicken Or Leftover Turkey Soup With Dumplings

Serves: 4-6



  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 Large Carrots, chopped
  • 4 Celery Ribs, chopped
  • ½ Pound Parsnips, chopped
  • 8-10 Cups Water
  • 2 Pounds Bone-In Chicken or Turkey Meat – raw or cooked
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup All-purpose Flour


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive or Avocado Oil


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and sauté the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and parsnips for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add water and bone-in turkey or chicken pieces of your choice, salt, pepper, thyme, and poultry seasoning.
  3. Cook on medium-low heat for 45-minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Remove the meat from the broth mixture, let cool until able to handle, then remove bones and chop the meat.
  5. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup cold water and ¼ cup all-purpose flour to make a roux.
  6. Slowly add the roux mixture to the boiling soup while whisking vigorously. Continue to whisk until it comes to a boil and thickens slightly.
  7. Stir in the chicken or turkey meat and bring to a low simmer.
  8. To make the dumplings, combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Then, add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  9. Bring the soup to a boil and drop in teaspoon-sized amounts of the dumpling mixture.
  10. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the dumplings are cooked through.
  11. Enjoy!



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