This slow cooker chicken soup recipe is easy to make and has the added flavor of the herbs, rosemary and thyme.  You make the stock while making the soup.  I soften the vegetables before adding them but this step is optional.  If you don’t have a slow cooker you can slow cook this recipe on the stove top in a large heavy pot and reduce the cooking time to 2 hours.  This soup is very good for your health as it contains garlic, rosemary, thyme and of course chicken which are all good for lowering anxiety and stress.  I hope you like it as much as my family do.

slow cooker chicken soup

Soften the vegetables

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup with Rosemary and Thyme

6 raw chicken drumsticks
Water to cover the chicken (approx 5 – 6 cups)
2 sprigs rosemary and thyme (tied together with string)
Bay leaf
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 medium carrots (diced)
1 stalk celery (keep the leaves)
1 leek, chopped (use only the white part and wash well)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp salt and pepper (to your taste)
2 tbs Parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Place the chicken and the water into the slow cooker. Make sure the chicken is covered. Add the rosemary and thyme and the bay leaf.  Note you can also tie the bay leaf with the other herbs but optional. Heat a frying pan and add the olive oil. Add the vegetables to the pan until they are soft but not browned.  Add them then to the slow cooker and add the salt and pepper  and lightly stir through.  Cover the pot and cook on low for 5 hours.

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Tie together the rosemary and thyme

Remove the chicken from the pot and remove the meat. Add this back to the slow cooker and heat through for another hour. Remove the tied herbs and the bay leaf.  This soup is best cooled and any fat removed before serving. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and the celery tops that have also been chopped up for a lovely garnish and serve with crusty bread and a salad for a complete meal.  You can also add 1 cup of noodles to the pot when you remove the chicken for a chicken and noodle soup.

Note:  See image of tied herbs – leave some string to help you remove it at the end of the cooking cycle.

This slow cooker chicken soup is easy to make and tastes fantastic and has the benefit of being good for you too.  Divide into portions and freeze any left over soup for lunches.


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