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Beyond Books: Crockpot Chicken Soup

I'm taking a step away from books today to share one of my favorite recipes. This is the first in a new series I'm adding to My Book Retreat called Beyond Books, where I will share some of my favorite things, including recipes, travel destinations, gardening and more. Don't worry! I'll still try to tie it all back to books in some way!

I love my Crockpot and one of my favorite recipes is a very simple chicken soup that my whole family loves. After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver a couple years ago, I started getting most of my meat and vegetables from local farms or my own backyard. So for this recipe, I generally try to use a chicken from a local farm, as well as whatever vegetables I can get from the farmer's market or my garden. If you want to make this even better, make your own broth instead of using store-bought.

Crockpot Chicken Soup

3 - 4 lb whole chicken or stew hen
Mixture of vegetables cut into small pieces (I use carrots, yellow and green onions, celery, turnips)
48 oz low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 bay leaves
Ground black pepper to taste

1. Add cut vegetables to bottom of slow-cooker.
2. Place chicken into pot on top of vegetables.
3. Sprinkle seasoning, garlic, bay leaves and pepper on chicken.
4. Pour broth over chicken.
5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
6. Carefully remove the entire chicken and let cool a bit. Remove the meat from the bones and add it back into the slow-cooker.
7. Stir the meat into soup and serve.

Alternative 1: Chicken Noodle Soup
If desired, add egg noodles to the slow-cooker when the meat is added back in. Cook for another 10-15 minutes until noodles are done and serve.

Alternative 2: Chicken and Rice Soup
To make chicken and rice soup, cook white rice separately and mix into each bowl of soup when served.


  1. Yum looks delicious. I want to read Animal Vegetable Miracle and need to check out local farms for meat. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. We have tons of great farms around here, you know. And I definitely recommend that book. It was a bit preachy at times, but I found a lot of great ideas and advice in it.

  2. It sounds great. You know, though, that if you say "remove the meat from the bones and add it back to the pot" SOMEONE is going to think you mean the bones? :P Apparently, Dear Abby told someone years ago to put "a cup of water" inside a turkey before cooking. They wrote her back complaining because the measuring cup holding the water melted and ruined the turkey.

    Hopefully that made you laugh. :) The recipe looks good, and since we need to kill one of our roosters this weekend, I'm thinking some chicken soup is in my near future!

    1. Hahahaha! You know, I revised that sentence a few times. Maybe I should say "add the meat back" just to be clear! :-)

      I've made this with rooster too. Not as much meat, depending on the size of the bird, but still yummy!


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