The dreaded cold has sneezed it’s way into my house. First, my youngest got it, now me. I am M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E! Couldn’t be that my body is on some hormonal roller coaster that I can’t quite latch the seatbelt on or that my youngest refuses to sleep at night….er, I mean AT ALL! But you aren’t here to hear about my life today, you are here to make some chicken soup. It’s mmm mmmm good.
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large sweet onion, chopped fine3 large carrots, cut into slices
1 48oz containers of low sodium Swanson Chicken Broth
1 48 oz containers of regular Swanson Chicken Broth
1 pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store
4 tsp of thyme
1 Tbsp basil
2 whole bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a pan or if your large crockpot can handle a sauté setting; sauté onions and celery on medium until they just start to brown.
2. If using a pan, dump the vegetables into a crockpot with the broth.
3. Add the whole chicken (Keep the string on it if you can. It makes it easier to pull out of the broth when the time comes.)
5. Add spices, carrots and anything else you want to flavor up your broth.
6. Stir around the chicken as best as you can.
7. Set crock pot to high for 2 hours. (Stir occasionally if you’re nosy like me but it is not necessary.)
8. After two hours, pull the whole chicken out. It should want to fall apart, that is why keeping the string on the chicken is a good idea.
9. On a cutting board, pick the meat off the chicken. CAUTION: IT WILL BE HOT so use a fork and tongs.
10. Using a fork, shred the chicken into smaller pieces then add it to the broth.
11. Stir together and VOILA! You have yourself some Cheater Chicken Soup!
12. If you want noodles in your soup, I highly encourage to keep them separate from the soup because after they siat together for awhile, the noodles get super mushy.
If you know of a way to prevent that over the course of a few days in the fridge, let me know!
13. I love me some fresh bread to dip into my soup!
NOTE: Since the chicken is already cooked, you don’t HAVE to cook on HIGH for 2 hours, it just helps to meld the flavors together. Leftovers the next day are far better than the first day, am I right?