With this cold winter weather it’s the perfect time to make easy homemade crock pot chicken noodle soup. If you’ve ever shied away from making your own soup this recipe is for you. A few steps and you’ll have tasty soup on a cold.
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 – Here is one similar to mine Crock-Pot 6-Quart Smart
First I take the chicken thighs and slightly brown them in a pan. After cooking for 4-5 minutes on each side take them in place them in the crockpot. My Rival Crock Pot is a dream. 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 crockpot. (Sweet tip – If you cooked with the skin on this would be a good time to take off the skin, you don’t want that cooking in the crock pot. Or you could remove the skin before cooking in the pan.)
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. 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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