Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Sometimes you just want soup. And with the frigid weather we’ve been having lately, that is exactly what I wanted… soup! Chicken soup to be exact. It’s my favorite variety. I’m pretty sure now matter my age, I’ll always reach for chicken soup before any other kind. There’s just something special and simple about it. It’s easy and delicious. I love easy recipes, which is partly why I truly enjoy using a slow cooker. Toss in the ingredients, turn it on and let it sit for hours. It’s torture but a wonderful kind of torture.

If you’ve never made chicken soup from scratch before, you absolutely need to try this sometime soon. Grab a chicken and get to work! I promise, it requires minimal effort and will give you delicious results.

I loaded my bowl up with extra chicken and veggies. What’s better than homemade soup… besides a cupcake? :)

I chose to have a taste of this and freeze the rest in several containers for later. The Mr is out of town and will love having homemade soup to enjoy for work when he returns.

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 6


  • 4-5 lb chicken giblets removed
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 C celery chopped
  • 1 1/2 C carrots chopped
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 C chicken brother


  • Prepare chicken; remove the giblets, rinse the inside and outside of the chicken well. Place chicken in a size appropriate slow cooker, at least 5-6 quarts.
  • Chop celery, carrots and onion. Add to slow cooker. Sprinkle with spices. Cover with at least 6 cups chicken broth.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours. Carefully remove chicken to a carving board or rimmed baking sheet.  While the chicken is removed from the slow cooker, scoop out the bay leaf and discard. Remove skin from chicken. Begin slicing off meat, shredding and returning to the slow cooker. Pull off as much meat as you can, using only white meat or both white and dark.
  • Stir ingredients. Divide among bowls.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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27 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chicken Soup”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    this is a great winter soup! i love how much it makes and since it makes so much, you can deliver it to a sick friend too :) the amount of veggies you put in yours seems like a perfect amount. I hate when I get chicken noodle soup and it gives you a pea-size amount of veggies/noodles and a ton of unsatisfying!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Oh yes this is perfect for a cold day. Yum!

  3. #
    tj — January 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

    …What? No noodles? I love this recipe but one. must. have. noodles. :o)

    …Thank you for sharing!

    …Peace & Blessings

  4. #
    Cassie @ bake your day — January 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

    LOVE everything about this. Chicken soup is the comfort food of all comfort foods for me!

  5. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — January 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful! With my crazy life anytime I can use my crockpot I do.

  6. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — January 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    the slow cooker and soup are two of the things that make winter bearable for me!!

  7. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    This looks so hearty and delicious. I love homemade soup on a cold day!

  8. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This looks perfect! I love that there really is minimal work before the slow cooker.

  9. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    My husband would love this! Perfect for snowy days!

  10. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — January 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    this looks divine. is there anything better than homemade chicken soup? i think not! will definitely have to give this recipe a try!

  11. #
    Helen @ Helen's. Cooking — January 20, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Yum! Just cooked a chicken soup but yours looks amazing! Can I have some!

  12. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — January 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This looks outstanding! We love soup in our house. 2 kids in my houe are sick and are actually making soup today as well

  13. #
    Tracey — January 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

    You had me at “slow cooker” – love the simplicity of the recipe! We finally got some snow this weekend so I’m definitely craving comfort food like this!

  14. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — January 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    My slow cooker has been busy and this is a great recipe to try with it. Perfect for a chilly day. :)

  15. #
    Meghan — January 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    This looks perfect! Nothing better than having a big bowl of chicken soup on a cold night!

  16. #
    Ashley — December 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Made this for my boyfriend and I because we are sick. It came out amazing, he never thought a girl could cook until now.

  17. #
    Sharon — February 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This sounds fabulous and I will be trying it very soon. Chicken Soup is just not soup unless the homemade noodles are there.

  18. #
    Alex — February 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    So I need to have first made chicken broth to make chicken soup?

    Isn’t a broth made from slow cooking the bones and carcass for hours, which is kinda what we doing here anyway? :-)



    • #
      Rachel — February 22, 2013 at 7:07 am

      The post specifies that you are to use 6 cups of liquid, your choice. I opted for chicken broth to give the soup a boost in flavor. So while you don’t have to make chicken broth ahead, since that is what you are doing if you opt to only use water, if you have chicken broth on hand (homemade or not) you could certainly use that.

  19. #
    Alex — February 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Ok, thanks for clarifying :-)

  20. #
    Troy — May 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Very easy recipe to help make. I did not have any tinned mushrooms so applied refreshing,
    chopped mushrooms which I extra for the pasta about five minutes ahead of the close belonging to the cooking time, as well as some
    prawns I also additional some sweetcorn to sneak in
    certain supplementary veg for my teenaged son. He liked it, as did the remainder
    of the relatives. I also utilised Gluten-free pasta and flour and soya milk and goat’s butter as I am able to tolerate neither gluten nor cow-dairy. Everything tasted fantastic! Many thanks for publishing the recipe.

  21. #
    Christen — August 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I bought all of the ingredients and discovered that my crockpot is too small! Could I make this on the stovetop with a large pot? If so how long and on what temp? Thanks!

    • #
      Rachel — August 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I have only made it in the slow cooker so I do not have instructions for you to cook it on the stovetop. Perhaps just make a smaller batch?

  22. #
    Jess — January 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Any ideas on what calorie content might be on this. I just made a batch to start my diet tomorrow! :)

    • #
      Rachel — January 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      I don’t calculate that personally so I don’t have it available for you, but there are free nutritional calculators online for you to figure that out when needed. Enjoy the soup! :)

  23. #
    Teresa — September 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Think this will work all day on low?

    • #
      Rachel — September 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      I haven’t personally cooked it that way, but it shouldn’t be a problem at all! Good luck and enjoy! :)

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