Cold Weather Comfort Food-Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

More cold weather goodness coming up. I wanted this to be quick… I wanted it to be easy… But most of all I wanted it to be yummy good.

Based on my houseguests going back for seconds (and thirds) I would say I met all three criteria.

This recipe has all the right “stuff” for a wonderful casual dinner, or just when you’re alone and are in the need of some serious comfort.

And, if you believe the stories… It’s also cures the common cold.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
4 - 6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
4 Hr
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

2 lb
leftover cooked chicken, light and dark, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 clove
garlic, finely chopped, or to taste
2 stalk(s)
celery, split in half and sliced
2 medium
carrots, sliced into half, or quarter moons
1 medium
yellow onion, half thinly sliced, half small dice
1/4 tsp
dried thyme
1/4 tsp
dried oregano
1/4 tsp
dried basil
2 pinch
cayenne pepper, or to taste
7 c
chicken stock, not broth
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
1 c
peas, frozen variety
1 medium
lemon, just the juice
additional fresh herbs, such as: fresh basil and parsley for garnish (optional)

Step-By-Step

1PREP/PREPARE
2Gather and prep all your ingredients.
3Chef’s Note: Why a slow cooker? Well, the ubiquitous slow cooker is an interesting device. It’s designed to slowly raise the temperature of the ingredients, get them to a temperature that does not support the growth of bacteria, and then slowly allow the ingredients to meld together into yummy goodness. Using a slow cooker for this recipe adds an additional essence to the typical chicken soup.
4Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker, up to the chicken stock.
5Pour in the chicken stock.
6Chef’s Note: Reserve the peas, lemon juice and additional herbs for later.
7Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
8Season the stock with some salt and pepper, to taste.
9Cover the slow cooker and set to low.
10Allow the soup to cook for 4 hours.
11After 3 hours, uncover, add the peas, and then recover.
12Chef's Tip: At this point you should test the stock and add any additional seasoning.
13Chef’s Note: At the end of 4 hours, open the slow cooker, and add the lemon juice.
14PLATE/PRESENT
15Chef’s Tip: If you want to serve this with some noodles, I recommend that you cook them separately, according to package directions (al dente), place them in a bowl, and ladle the soup on top.
16Add the soup to some nice bowls, garnish with fresh herbs (optional), and serve with some nice crusty bread and/or fresh crackers. Enjoy.
17Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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