This Chicken Soup recipe cured my cold :)

and it can cure your sniffles too!

The thing about chicken soup is that you NEED a good base (broth) to make a GREAT soup.  The store-bought variety does not cut it and let’s face it, it is full of preservatives and other crap that your body doesn’t need or want.

I start the process in the morning by placing a whole onion, quartered, in the bottom of my crock pot .  Next I add a 3-4# whole chicken- placing it on top the cut onions.  Rub the chicken skin with the following spices:  sea salt, ground pepper, thyme, paprika, and rosemary.  Cover the crock pot and heat on high for 4 hours.  *There is no need to add any liquid during cooking.

Once the chicken is cooked.  Pull off the meat with a fork and place meat in bowl to reserve for later.  Keep everything else in the crockpot and add the following:  water (fill up to 1 inch from top), 1 chopped carrot, 1 stalk of celery-chopped, 2 bay leaves, fresh parsley, thyme sprig and rosemary.  Cook on high for another 4-5 hours (or cook on low overnight).     AND there is YOUR now world-famous broth.

Transfer broth (by pouring through strainer) into large pot.  Add the following:

  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 parsnips, chopped
  • bunch of green onions, chopped
  • reserved shredded chicken meat

Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until veggies are tender.  Add a handful of fresh parsley and a cup of chopped kale at the end.  I added some egg noodles this time, but LOVE it with dumplings too 🙂


Recipe modified from:  http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/02/25/recipe-the-best-whole-chicken-in-a-crock-pot/

* I have also just made the chicken in the crockpot and had that for dinner and then froze the broth for later use.  Either way, it is an awesome recipe.

*Please ignore the change in font size, WordPress is possessed right now and I cannot figure out how to fix it. 😦

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