Slow cooker chicken soup23

Posted on August 10, 2010 by ChristieCompetitions, Cookware Tests, Dinner Time, Gluten Free

UPDATE: This competition is now closed.

Slow cookers are amazing.

This soup made itself while I went out all day with my Mum to Mathilda’s Market (baby stuff) and shopped up a storm.

I simply rummaged around in the fridge and freezer, chucked everything into the slow cooker, put the lid on and then came home to the intoxicating smell of homemade chicken soup.

I was lucky enough to receive this slow cooker as a gift from Lorraine at Beyond the Square Communications so that I could trial the new range of McCormick Food slow cooker recipe bases.

I tried the Moroccan Lamb Casserole and it turned out beautifully, but my photos came out terribly, so I couldn’t bear to post them here.

The good news is that it’s got me hooked with experimenting with my own slow cooker recipes (hence this chicken soup!) but I’ve got 6 packs of slow cooker bases left and I thought I’d give them away to you!

I tend to forget that not everyone likes to make up their own recipes and most people love pre-mixed recipe bases to take the guess work and hassle out of making dinner. That’s why I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win the six packs.

Click the button below to view the competition entry details and get the chicken soup recipe.

Competition Entry Details

What you win:

Italian Chicken, Tomato and Vegetable Soup recipe base
Moroccan Chicken and Pumpkin Soup recipe base
Beef Chilli Con Carne recipe base
Beef with Tomato and Herb Gravy Roast recipe base
Chunky Beef Stroganoff recipe base
Chicken, Bacon and Potato recipe base

How to enter:

  1. Subscribe to my email newsletter by midnight on Sunday 15th August.
  2. Open the email newsletter on Monday 16th August and follow the instructions.

Best of luck guys, Christie x

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup Recipe
serves 6-8

  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 carrrots
  • 1 turnip, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 1.8kg whole free range chicken, washed and stray feathers plucked
  • 5-6 sprigs of flat leaf parsley
  • 5-6 whole black peppercorns
  • sea salt, to taste (I used about a teaspoon)
  • cooked egg noodles or small pasta shapes, to serve (optional)

1. Wash and roughly chop all the vegetables into large chunks. Place the chicken in your slow cooker (I used a 4.5L one) and arrange the vegetables on top.

2. Add enough cold water to just cover everything – approximately 2 litres. Then tuck in the parsley sprigs so they are submerged and throw in the peppercorns.

3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove the chicken and shred the meat, then add the shredded meat back to the soup. Discard the skin and bones. Taste and season with salt.

4. Serve by placing the cooked noodles into bowls and ladling over the hot broth, chicken and vegetables.

Note: You can also add more herbs like bay leaves or veggies like potato and garlic, but I just used up what was in my fridge at the time.

Keen for more soup recipes? Try these:

Sweet potato and coconut soup
Pumpkin, chorizo and chickpea soup
Homemade chicken stock w/ an Asian twist

Or click here to view my entire recipe index.

  • I like the idea of chucking in everything at once and walking away – no frying or browning and no watching over things. I’m not convinced I’d use a slow cooker enough though – I may have to borrow one for a while and test it out. This soup looks lovely and fresh, simple and delicious.

    • That’s a great idea to borrow one – but remember to give it back to them (see Nina’s comment below!). This particular recipe didn’t require any browning, but I think for rich stews and roasts you’ll get a better result if you do brown. At least you don’t have to check on if it’s burning in the oven ;)

  • I lend my slowcooker to someone and forgot who….it was never returned…..I will have to put it on my wish list again!!! Love the smell of something cooking when I return home!!

    • Nina – that’s horrible! I can’t believe they didn’t give it back! CCx

  • Mmmm that soup sounds delicious. I :heart: my slow cooker. It is especially awesome for curries, the long slow cooking time really gives the flavours a chance to meld together.

  • Looks very warming for the current cooler weather…love the shot of the celery on the last pic.

  • Catherine

    My mum, sister and I all bought a slow cooker on the same day so we decided to have a slow cook off with our respective others as judges and also my brother. I was up againest stiff compettion with my mum and sister being great chefs. I cooked an Osso Bocco and was the clear winner, the thing I love about it was all I had to do was chuck everything in a wait, cooking is so easy for the non chefs like me :)

  • My favourite recipe has to be cooking up Massamum beef… how else are you to get that melty, delicious meat?

  • Deb

    Lamb shanks – my gran used to spend hours in the kitchen cooking her version – mine cooks for hours, but I’m nowhere in sight!

  • karina

    I like making chicken ginseng soup. It’s soo tasty, especially with the chicken that’s been brewing for many hours in the pot, and I love the way it falls off the bone. It’s not only hearty, but its good for you!

  • Melissa

    My creation is called ‘make the neighbours jealous’ casserole… I chuck everything in the cooker and let the smell waft up the neighbourhood!!

    • HI Melissa! Your comment really made me giggle, love the name ‘make the neighbours jealous casserole’ – classic!

      Congratulations, you’re the winner! I’ll email you for your address details :)

  • I love beef cheeks braised low & slow in red wine served simply with it’s own juices & polenta. It’s my perfect winter slow cooker meal.

    So funny you should post chicken soup today, I made slow cooked chicken & roasted corn soup last night.

  • Belinda Bonello

    My favourite recipe is chicken and potato soup it’s so delicious!

  • Cyndie

    Hi Christie,

    I love making ‘Poulet Basquaise’ (Basque chicken), it’s a very popular recipe in France (and it’s rather easy).
    It is a lovely Mediterranean combination of chicken, tomatoes, green olives and capsicums, slowly cooked in white wine and served with rice.

    My secret: to give it a personal touch and an extra kick I somethimes add some Spanish Chorizo!

  • Cheryl Haining

    Rabbit stew, a favorite from my childhood, tastes fantastic cooked in a slowcooker, plus no mess no fiddling and no dried out rabbit

  • Amanda Gorton

    I love Osso Bucco – it is my favourite restaurant dish but nothing compares to the taste and satisfaction of a home cooked meal!

  • Pork Butt — so easy and the best puled pork sandwiches are so easy!

  • Cheryl Haining

    Baked Rice Pudding with dried fruit, so creamy and delicous, I served it tonight, the family complained that I should have doubled the recipe!

  • joan

    Roasts, i just throw it in frozen add a little stock, onion and garlic turn it on low.

    Coo al day then that night make a gravy out of the juices…YUM

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  • Michelle Butzgy


    Thank you for the recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Soup you posted. I added mushrooms and some garlic to mind and it’s fabulous!

    • Great additions Michelle! Christie :)

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