Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

It’s that time of year again. The sniffles, coughs and sore throats are starting to creep in, slowly at first. Then, before you know it, everyone around you is sick. That is the perfect time to make a big pot of this slow cooker chicken and veggie soup. It is packed with nutrient-dense foods, plus the ginger and garlic boost its healing powers.

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (with all the veggies)

Ingredients

  • 1 4-5 lb. whole chicken
  • 8 cloves garlic crushed
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 golf ball-sized piece of ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp salt
  • 6 cups water

Choose your veggies, up to 6 cups:

  • 1 cup onion peeled and diced
  • 1 cup celery about 2 stalks, diced
  • 2 cups carrots about 4 carrots, diced
  • 2 cups potatoes cubed
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli trimmed
  • 1 cup corn drained, if canned

Instructions

  1. Place garlic, thyme, ginger, and your choice of vegetables to the bottom of a 6-qt. or larger slow cooker.

  2. Place the whole chicken on top of the veggies. Add water and salt.

  3. Cover and cook on high until for 4-5 hours, or low for 7-8 hours (until the chicken is cooked through and falling off the bone).

  4. Once the meat is cooked, remove the chicken from the pot. Allow it to cool enough to touch.

  5. Cut or shred meat into bite-size pieces and return it to the pot with the broth (discard bones, cartilage, etc.). 

  6. Serve warm.

If using an Instant Pot or pressure cooker:

  1. Place the whole chicken in the bottom of the pot.

  2. Place garlic, thyme, ginger, and your choice of vegetables to the pot. Add water and salt.

  3. Place lid on the pot to seal it. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow pressure to release on its own.

  4. Once the meat is cooked, remove the chicken from the pot. Allow it to cool enough to touch.

  5. Cut or shred meat into bite-size pieces and return it to the pot with the broth (discard bones, cartilage, etc.). 

  6. Serve warm.



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