Here in the Northeast it has been bitter cold for almost 2 weeks! I hate (loathe!!) going out in the cold I prefer staying in cuddling up with the family and watching movies or playing games. I just love the idea of having a homemade meal ready at the end of the day! With this cold winter weather it’s the perfect time to make easy homemade crock pot chicken noodle soup. If you’ve never made your own chicken soup this recipe is for you. Why buy pre-made when you can make homemade on a cold winter day!
What you’ll need:
2 – 32 oz cartons of chicken stock
4 large chicken thighs
3 large carrots
2 celery stalks
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 package wide egg noodles or to make gluten free use Basmati Rice (my fav rice!)
Pink Himalayan sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
Crock Pot – This is a great one Crock-Pot Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker
Directions: Cook chicken thighs in pan until slightly brown. About 4-5 minutes on each side. Then remove from pan, peel the skin and place in bottom of the crock pot. Then, I take 1 cup of the chicken broth and pour it in the pan I cooked the chicken in to loosen all the yummy flavor from the pan and then pour that into the crock pot.
If you have a food processor take the carrots, celery and onion and pulse to the desired size. I have picky eaters who don’t like big pieces of vegetables in their soup so I make mine small. I have a Nutri Ninja and I absolutely love it! You can find it here Ninja Mega Kitchen System (Blender, Processor, Nutri Ninja Cups) BL770. If you don’t have a food processor just chop or dice your vegetables.
Now you can add the vegetables, remaining chicken stock, bay leaves, garlic and salt and pepper to crockpot.
Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours. Before serving take the chicken thighs out of the crock pot, separate the meat from the bones, cut or shred the chicken and put back into the crock pot.
Lastly, cook your noodles or rice according to the package. I always keep my noodles and rice on the side, never putting them in the crockpot because they tend to get overcooked.
You did it! Now enjoy your homemade crockpot chicken soup!
(Sweet tip – If freezing do not freeze with noodles or rice.)
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