Slow cooker chicken soup

Slow cooker chicken soup

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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped into 1.5cm pieces
  • 2 leeks, halved and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf and 3 thyme sprigs, tied together
  • 1 whole medium chicken (about 1.4kg)
  • 2l chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ small bunch of dill or parsley, finely chopped
  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Set your slow cooker to low. Tip in the onion, celery, carrots and leeks and nestle in the bunch of herbs. Sit the chicken on top of the veg and pour over the stock. Cook for 6-8 hours.

  • STEP 2

    Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and transfer to a board. Shred the meat from the bones using two forks, then return the meat to the slow cooker, discarding the bones. Season to taste and stir through the lemon juice.

  • STEP 3

    Remove and discard the bunch of herbs. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the dill or parsley. Serve with crusty bread, if you like.


Add spaghetti broken into short lengths or noodles to the soup 1 hr before the end of cooking, if you like.


Bring any leftover chicken soup up to a simmer, season with soy sauce and add some shredded ginger, if you have any. Stir in 1 beaten egg. Simmer for a minute until set in strands, then add cooked noodles.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2020

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