Easy Crock Pot Chicken & Vege Soup

Cool weather and easy crock-pot soups just seem to go together for me!  So here is a great crockpot chicken and vege soup for ya.  If you have cooked with me before you know that I just like to throw whatever I have in the kitchen in a soup or stir fry, and I am not big on measurements.  This recipe is no different.  I use my food processor to chop and slice all the yummy veges!!!  If you don’t have a food processor, consider asking for it as a gift sometime, like Christmas, I am so so glad I have mine 🙂

Next time I am going to buy double the veges and while I have the food processor out and making a mess I am going to chop extra veges and put them in a freezer bag to just dump into the crock pot for my next batch of soup!

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken rubbed with olive oil and salt (we get pastured chickens from Yonder Way Farm).  If you have time to soak it in about 1/4c salt water for a few hours, do it.

1-2 Zucchini

1-2 Yellow Squash

1 bag of Parsnips (I have also used a japanese yam before)

1 bag of Carrots

1 bunch of Celery (with leaves)

1 Onion

Handful of Baby Bok Choy (I have also used spinach or cabbage)

Several garlic cloves

1 large 28oz can Organic Diced Tomatoes

Chicken Broth

Chop up your veges.  Sauté the carrots and parsnips (or yams) in coconut oil a few minutes till soft.  Dump everything into the crock-pot and stir.  I fill my crock pot almost to the top with veges then make a big hole in the middle to set the chicken in breast side down.  Top with diced tomatoes and enough chicken broth to cover.  Cook on High about 6 hours or low 10 hours.  In the last hour add desired spices – try a mix of basil, rosemary, and oregano.

Again, get creative, you can really use whatever veges are in your kitchen.  I like to add butternut squash sometimes in the last 2 hours of cooking.  Just peel it and cube it.  if you add it at the beginning it will add a nice flavor and thicken the soup and bit, but it will turn to mush 🙂

When done cooking I pull the chicken out and pull the meat off the bone and add back to the soup.  The meat will just fall off the bones!  I drop the chicken carcass (bones and skin) in a pot of filtered salted water and make chicken broth for my next batch of soup!

 

 

Remember, get creative, let us know what’s in your soup!!!

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