LOVE a slow cooked dinner that I don’t have to pre cook. This is just pop it in. Turn it on and BOOOOOOM.
Kids love this dish, it is simple yet hearty. Please use a free range/organic chook, it is better for everyone!
I find a large chook will offer enough meat to make sandwiches the next day as well as soup. In my instructions I say set aside the breasts for sandwiches for which the recipe is below..
This is a bone broth so it will thicken in the fridge. As soon as it is heated it will become liquid again! If you can’t be bothered removing the chicken from the bone 3 chicken breasts are a good substitute. Your soup will be less heavy and fatty but still good.
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 4 cups water
- 1 large brown onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
- 1 ⁄2 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 1 large whole free range chicken
- 1 packet soup noodles, or half a packet spaghetti, broken into pieces
- In your slow cooker, combine stock, water, onions, garlic, carrots, celery & bay leaves.
- Place your chicken on top of vegetables, breast side down.
- Pop lid on cooker and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4.
- When cooked, lift the lid and remove the chicken. If the bones have fallen apart a little scoop them out. Put the chicken aside to cool a little.
- Add your noodles to the spot and replace the lid, cook for about 20 mins or until cooked through.
- When the chicken is cool enough to touch, remove both of the breasts (if you want to set it aside for lunch tomorrow!!). Shred the remaining chicken into little pieces.
- If you are keen to make a bone broth in your slow cooker once the soup in there now finishes, keep the bones aside.
- As soon as the noodles are finished cooking add the shredded chicken back to the pot and taste to see if it needs any extra salt or pepper.
- If you have leftovers it is a good idea to separate the noodles from the broth component to save for another day as they will keep expanding, just drain and pop in the fridge separately.