Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- 8 cups water
- 2 cup carrot, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 medium onion, chopped (I minced in a food processor)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 4 teaspoons salt (to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 (3 1/2 lb) roasting chicken (frozen utility grade is usually the best value - if prepping the night before, just put frozen into pot)
- 1-2 cups frozen veggies (corn, peas, etc)
- 3 cups noodles, uncooked (egg, bowtie, or whatever you like)
1. In 4-1/2 to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl, combine water, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, poultry seasoning, 4 t salt, 1/2 t pepper.
2. Place whole chicken on top of vegetables.
3. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook as manufacturer directs on low setting 8 to 10 hours or on high 4-5 hours.
4. Transfer chicken to cutting board. Add noodles and frozen veggies to slow-cooker; cover with lid and cook (on low or high) 20 minutes.
5. While noodles cook, remove and discard skin, fat and bones from chicken; shred meat.
6. Skim fat from soup and discard. Return half of chicken to soup to serve. (Reserve the rest of the chicken meat for another use.)
Estimated nutrional content per 1 cup serving (14 servings in above recipe, half the chicken meat added back):
Fat: 1.4 g (0.3 saturated)
Sodium: 711 mg
Carbs: 16 g (2 g fibre)
Protein: 9.3 g