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Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

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Something I didn’t expect about parenthood: my toddler gets us sick all and keeps up sick all winter long.

I don’t know how. She doesn’t go to daycare but she has the amazing talent for getting colds and runny noses, dubbed as the Goose germs. Last year was worse than this year. As soon as the weather turned colder, she got sick and was sick every 10 days or so. She’d get a nasty runny nose and a fever and it would last for a week or two. Then she’d be ok for a few days and then the cycle would start all over again. And of course, she would pass these Goose germs onto us.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Which really isn’t surprising given that Goose’s other hidden talent is sneezing directly on my face. I swear, I can be across the room for her and if she needs to sneeze she will make a beeline right for me, ask for uppies, and then sneeze all over me.

I need to start wearing a HAZMAT suit at home.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Ah, the joys of parenthood.

My husband is lucky. He is immune to the man cold. He may get a slight sniffle, then he’ll be fine. I, on the other hand, am not so lucky. My immune system stinks. Actually, full disclosure, my health in general not so good. I’ve always gotten sick easily and since having a very difficult pregnancy have had some major kidney problems. Now I’m a borderline germophob. I know if I get more than a sniffle, I’ll wind up totally out of commission or in the hospital. Not fun. I’d rather go to a tropical island. Or as Richard Gilmore says, “I’d rather be in Philadelphia.” (Side note: who watched the Gilmore Girls Revival? Thoughts? Love, hate?)

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

So, I take it upon myself this time of year when Goose germs abound to take extra care of myself and eat things like this homemade slow cooker chicken soup.

My grandma used to make me chicken soup when I was sick as a kid. And there’s some truth to grandma’s cure all. There’s tons of info floating around the web about how chicken soup actually does help you when you are sick. The salt soothes sore throats. The steam relieves congestion. And apparently there are anti-inflammatory properties that can speed up healing all in chicken soup.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

All of these are great things, and this homemade slow cooker chicken soup is too. Sure, it’s a little more work than opening a can of soup, but it is way better. The soup is 100 percent homemade from scratch. No short cuts, nothing. But don’t be overwhelmed. Basically, after chopping up all the veggies, you through it into a crock pot with a chicken and set it and forget it. Then just before serving, you remove the chicken bones and boil some pasta if desired.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Really, it’s very low maintenance after the chopping. And the chopping is so worth it. It’s the perfect soup to eat all curled up under a fuzzy warm blanket in the middle of winter. Even my husband, who refuses chicken soup because it reminds him of an illness he had when he was a kid, happily ate this for dinner 2 nights last week.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

And as for the Goose germ? Well, right now, we are winning. So I’ll attribute it to this magic soup. If chicken soup isn’t your cup of tea, try the following soup recipes:

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Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Homemade slow cooker chicken soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Seasoned Sprinkles


  • 1 whole chicken about 4 pounds, no giblets
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 3 carrots or about 1 cup of carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 bell peppers cleaned and diced
  • 3 medium baking potatoes peeled and diced
  • 14.5 ounces 1 can of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 8 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbs crushed red pepper flakes*
  • salt and pepper to taste**


  • Put the whole chicken, onion, celery, carrots, bell peppers, potatoes, tomatoes into a large slow cooker.Cover with cold water to cover by 1-2 inches. Add the parsley, garlic, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone.
  • Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a large bowl and let cool. Keep the rest of the soup in the crock pot.
  • While the chicken is out of the pot, skim the fat off the top of the soup.
  • Remove the bones and skin from the chicken meat. Discard them. Pull the chicken meat into large pieces with a fork.
  • Return the cooked, pulled chicken to the pot. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Add the fresh parsley just before serving. Serve hot over cooked pasta if desired. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.


*Omit red pepper flakes if you don't like heat.
** I went fairly heavy on the pepper to give it a bit of spice.
Recipe adapted from


Serving: 8g
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  1. Holly Lasha says:

    This looks so yummy. I’ll have to try it out!

  2. Rachel says:

    This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it !

  3. I love making meals with my slow cooker and am always looking for new recipes to try! Will definitely have to add this one to the list!

  4. LOVE the idea of making this in the slow cooker!

  5. Sheila says:

    This looks so good! We’ve had a cold for the past week so I might have to try this out this weekend.

  6. Liz says:

    We make good use of our slow cooker. This will definitely be added to our recipes. 🙂

  7. Julie says:

    This soup looks incredible and I’m obsessed with those bowls!

  8. I’m a slow cooker fan! This looks super tasty!

  9. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    This soup looks so warm and hearty. My family would love it. I think my favorite part is that you shredded the chicken instead of using cubes or chunks. Also, I LOVE those bowls. They are really nice. 🙂

  10. Love soup season. Your pictures look great!

  11. I am all about my slow cooker in the winter. Heats up the house and your belly! 😉

    Gennifer Rose |

  12. This looks yummy AND kind of cooking! Thanks!

  13. chanel says:

    chicken soup is one of my favorite go to meals. as a busy SAHM, i don’t have the time to prepare a meal each night so the crock pot is my best friend. i cannot wait to make this!

  14. I always love finding new chicken soup recipes! Looks so delicious!

  15. yum this looks soooo good!!

  16. Chicken soup and a slow cooker?!… any time those two words are in the same sentence (or recipe), I down!

  17. Love chicken soup will defiantly be giving this a try.

  18. Krysten says:

    My little bugger gets me sick too! I need to start making things like this great soup!

  19. Leah says:

    This soup sounds and looks fantastic! I love anything in the crockpot, and this is ideal for these cold days!

  20. Sane Mama says:

    Yes! I swear we were sick from November until just after Christmas. I mean, including both kids getting a sinus infection and having 3 days of 103.7 fevers. Chicken soup sounds perfect, and in the crock pot? The best.

  21. I think everyone is sick. I finally got over it and this soup would have helped.

  22. Barb says:

    This recipe is so perfect for those long winter days and nights! Slow cooker recipes are my favorite, especially with two kids and not enough time to slave in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  23. I love using leftover turkey and chicken to make soup. It’s one of my favourite things to do after Christmas.

    • jfletcher says:

      I do make a semihomemade chicken soup. I know a lot of people use Thanksgiving leftovers for soup. I’m just not much for turkey.

  24. Melissa says:

    This sounds like our home…so hard to stay germ free with kids! This recipe sounds delicious and your photos are so beautiful!

  25. This looks delicious and perfect for yucky winter days when everyone is sick! Love those bowls too! Hope everyone is feeling better.

  26. I love slow cooker meals. This looks so hearty and comforting – perfect for the chilly weather.

  27. I could use this now! I am feeling a little run down and I’m drinking tea to try and stay healthy.

  28. YUMMMY!! Definitely saving this one for later for future reference!!

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