Slow-Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

This nutritious family staple is too easy to not make at home. I make the recipe even simpler by using a slow cooker – by late afternoon you’ll have a fragrant, steaming soup that just needs some cooked brown rice and you’re done! I like to use boneless, skinless cuts of chicken to keep the fat down.

You can use red potatoes instead of rice, if you like. Cut them into 1-inch chunks and add in the beginning so they’re tender when it’s time to eat.

You’ll be seeing more slow cooker recipes from me soon!

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Slow-Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

servings:4-6

  • 1 1/2-2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 whole carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced (including top leaves)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Place the chicken breasts in a 6-7 quart slow cooker. Add all ingredients except rice, cover, and cook on low 6-7 hours.

Remove bay leaves and onion. Shred chicken. Add rice and stir; top with chopped fresh parsley if you like. Enjoy!

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Creamy Smoked Paprika Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe takes a comfort food classic – chicken noodle soup – and adds creamy, smoky flavors that transform it into a meal.

Please do try to use the bacon fat – it makes a difference. And if you needed an excuse to make bacon, now you have one!

The broth is best sopped up with some crusty bread (Udi’s gluten free rolls are divine).

I keep it gluten free with gluten free pasta and cornstarch, but regular pasta will work just fine!

Potatoes instead of noodles would also work. Add veggies to your heart’s desire, if you like.

Top with bacon bits…sour cream…shredded cheddar cheese…scallions…yum.

Creamy Smoked Paprika Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3-4 pound whole fryer chicken, skin removed
  • 8 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon salt (to taste)
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk (I use 1%)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 whole zucchinis, cut into chunks
  • 8 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 bag/box (16 ounce) gluten free pasta (brown rice pasta works well, or use regular egg noodles)
  • sour cream, shredded cheese and/or scallions, for garnish (optional)

In a large, heavy stockpot, heat butter and bacon fat over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, and simmer until soft, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the paprika, oregano, cumin, celery seed, and bay leaves, and add the water. Submerge the chicken, breast side down; it will be mostly (but not completely) covered. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. After 30 minutes, flip chicken over. Continue to cook another 30 minutes or until chicken begins to fall apart; remove to a plate.

In a small container, whisk cornstarch with a small amount of the cooking liquid; add to pot along with the milk. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer vigorously, uncovered over medium heat for 20 minutes; shred the chicken meat and discard bones while the liquid simmers.

Stir in the cream cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Add the noodles and chicken, and simmer uncovered until the pasta is tender. Enjoy!


Chicken Stoup

Mmmm….stoup!

Nope, it’s not a typo – it’s a soup-meets-stew.  Fast cooking time like a soup, but hearty like a stew.  If I make “soup”, it better be filling because my lumberjack-appetite hubby will be rifling through the kitchen cabinets within a few hours, in search of something to munch on if it’s not.

So I thicken up a traditional soup with potatoes and pasta and you’ve got a one-pot, all-in-one meal in half an hour. That’s stoup!

With chicken stoup, I always start with potatoes, celery and carrots, and then build out from there with whatever other veggies I have available.  And it’s low fat – just healthy fats from the olive oil and chicken – and super satisfying on a cold night.  You control the salt, and can easily keep the sodium low versus canned soups.  Here I use corn, but you could also add zucchini, yellow squash, or replace the red potatoes with sweet potatoes.

Gluten free brown rice elbow pasta is the final touch. Perfect for a cold day!

Chicken Stoup

Yield 8 quarts.

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken (I used a mix of breast and thigh meat)
  • 1 carton low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1 1/2 cups uncooked gluten free pasta noodles
  • 28 ounce carton chopped tomatoes (or canned)
  • 1 pound red (new) potatoes, skin on, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 can low or no sodium corn
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • black pepper to taste

In an 8 quart stockpot with a lid, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic; cook for 10 minutes or until garlic begins to brown.

Chop your meat into small pieces; add to the pot along with 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook until chicken is mostly done.

Chop your vegetables and add to pot; add the tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, water, and spices.  Stir to combine.

Bring the stoup to a simmer, and add the pasta.  Cover and simmer 25-30 minutes or until pasta is cooked and potatoes are soft.  Enjoy!