Classic Chicken Soup in a Slow Cooker
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This classic chicken soup uses a whole chicken for a simple and extra flavorful homemade soup.
Recipe type: Soup
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 yukon gold potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ fresh parsley, chopped
  1. In a slow cooker, place chopped vegetables, spices and seasonings at the bottom.
  2. Be sure to remove any innards from the whole chicken.
  3. Season chicken inside and out with some salt and pepper.
  4. Place chicken on top of vegetables in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover everything with water.
  6. Set slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours.
  7. When timer is done, carefully take out the chicken and place on a carving board. Using forks or your fingers, remove the meat from the bones (it should fall away easily). Shred chicken into bite sized pieces.
  8. Return about half of the shredded chicken to the slow cooker (you can use the breast meat, thigh, leg meat - whatever you prefer).
  9. Add fresh parsley and it's done!
  10. Serve and enjoy!
  11. This will stay good in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer up to 2 months.
Recipe by Megan Adams Brown at