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Slow-Cooker Chicken Soup

March 2, 2014

This recipe was a long-time coming. I’m Jewish which means my veins are filled with chicken soup, not blood. I should have called this recipe, “chicken soup for the maven soul”. Are they still publishing those books?

Anyway, it’s a right of passage as a Jewish female to master your very own chicken soup recipe. I’ve made chicken soup with my bubby, chicken soup with my Mom and chicken soup for my friends at Chabad, but never have I made chicken soup all by my lonesome. But once your roommate spreads the plague to you and you realize you no longer live in Mommy and Daddy’s house, it’s time to step up to the plate. Please take note that C has been downgraded to roommate after he infected me with this horrific virus (to which he had a miraculous recovery and left for Montreal the next day).

slow-cooker chicken soupFirst I texted my Mom to ask her what I should put in it, to which she responded “salt”. No surprise here…Jews love their salt. Thanks Mom, but that was unhelpful. So then I messaged my fellow tribe-member Lexi who suggested carrots, celery and parsley. Done. Then I remembered how uber lazy and sickly I was, which called for minimal steps aka the slow-cooker.

slow-cooker chicken soup 2So I hauled my butt to the grocery store, picked up a chicken and some veggies, booked it home, threw everything in the slow-cooker and prayed to the Kardashian gods that I wouldn’t be the first Jewish female to fail at my birthright. Sorry I’m deep in the middle of a Kardashian marathon.

After some questionable man-handling with the chicken I not only managed to pull it off but I think it might compete with mama Maven’s. Next shabbat dinner I’m putting it to the test….


Slow-Cooker Chicken Soup




  • 1 3 lb whole chicken
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups of liquid (I used 4 cups chicken stock and 2 cups of water)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt (add more if desired)
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder (optional)


  1. Wash and remove giblets from chicken.
  2. Add chicken to slow-cooker and top with celery, carrots and onion.
  3. Tie together parsley with string and place on top.
  4. Add bay leaf.
  5. Pour in liquid.
  6. Add salt.
  7. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  8. Remove bay leaves and parsley from slow-cooker and using large spoons remove the chicken. Let cool for 10 mins.
  9. Meat should easily come off the bone and then chop into bite sized pieces and place back into slow-cooker with veggies. Remove as much meat as you can.
  10. Add in additional salt if desired, pepper and curry powder if using.
  11. Serve warm or keep in fridge for up to one week.
  12. If keeping in fridge, the next day feel free to remove layer of fat from top using a spoon.



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Have you ever tried making your own chicken soup from scratch? What’s your go-to sick food?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

    So this is the infamous healing soup…I actually would feel 100% healed just looking at it haha- legit!

    I’ve never made chicken soup from scratch, but mother dearest would do it…carrots, onions, chicken bones and all. Of course with the key ingredient of love….or annoyance.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 2, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Love a good Kardashian Marathon! I am quite impressed that you have mastered the chicken soup. I will admit that I have yet to master this sop – mainly because I haven’t tried (I hate soup!). Although perhaps next month I should master a matzoh ball. Have you conquered a brisket yet? Or a challah – we should learn to braid a challah. I do make a mean matzoh brei and well, my sweet potato latkes were awesome. Soup I will leave to you!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      brisket is next! Must figure out a way to do it in the slow-cooker cause I am THAT lazy. I also may attempt gluten-free matzoh balls and challah but some foods are not to be messed with so I may leave them alone…

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 2, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Sorry to here that you’ve been struck by a bug. But this chicken soup looks like it is the perfect potion to help you get better, stat. I loveee that it’s so simple and it’s made in a crockpot! My only issue would definitely be the man-handling of the chicken too. There might be skating raw chickens on my kitchen counters.
    Go-to sick food: my mom’s congee!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 2, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Does ginger ale count as a sick food? Because that’s definitely my go-to when I’m not feeling well. And if not, then I guess I can go with chicken soup — as long as either dry toast or crackers are involved.

    And I have to admit that I’ve never tried tackling my own chicken soup… It’s on the [epically long] to-make list.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

    chicken soup is definitely the most appropriate food when you’re sick. I made some last week, but I think it only half-counted as homemade because I used a seasoning mix. Still fabulous though 😉

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    March 2, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Having soup (and salt…) run through your veins is not a bad thing, especially when it looks as good as this recipe! Love that this is easily customizable and a slow cooker version! And since it’s still a balmy 2 degrees here, I have every excuse to continue using my slow cooker 😉

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    March 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I’ve been wanting a good chicken soup recipe with a broth base. Love that it’s a crockpot recipe, too. Can’t wait to try this!

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    March 2, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Haha! Love this. I am a fellow Jewish gal and the soup does run though the veins. Matzo Ball Soup was one of my first words/phrases. No lie!! This looks so god right now. I made my own at my very own place with my “room mate” (bf) last year.. I found it’s really hard to mess up.. but maybe that’s the whole birth right thing 😉 I just winged it. Lots of kosher salt and cooked with bay leaves were my moms tips and my dads were lots of dill and other Fresh herbs, not dried. I have to say, I am nowhere near kosher, nor have I ever been, but using kosher chicken really puts it over the top. I don’t know why they taste so good?
    I’d love to see more Jew recipes on here 😀 Like a brisket!? I feel thats the true test of a grown Jewish women, eh? I haven’t tackled it quite yet myself!

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      March 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

      ** looks so Good (All that Jew talk must’ve gotten into my subconscious lol)

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    March 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    So, I’m currently living in a hotel room & was THISCLOSE to brining my slow cooker with me… but I figured the kitchen madness needed to stop with the Blendtec. Oh man, I’m so excited to be able to cook my own food again.

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    March 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

    The best chicken soup I’ve ever had was made with chicken feet. No. Joke. The. Best. Flavor. Ever.
    Stop being grossed out and try it. All the old country Jews are doing it.

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    March 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Hahahahah oh my god “downgraded to roommate” made me laugh SO hard! Also, I swear I’ve had the plague for like a month, I need this in my veins ASAP.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve never made chicken soup from scratch before! I can’t even remember the last time I had chicken soup… I really should change that soon because I love a good chicken noodle or chicken & wild rice soup. Also the fact that this is made in a slow cooker is music to my ears. I love how easy it makes cooking!

    I haven’t been sick in maybe 4-5 years (I know, feel sorry for me) so I don’t really know what my sick foods are now… in the past I used to love cream of mushroom soup from a can when I was sick!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      I hate you right now. Well obvi I don’t but I am legit sick every other week. Give me your immune system!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I’m just going to say it– I wish I was Jewish. I have this secret (not so much anymore) adoration for Jewish culture and food and just everything. Part of the reason my dad is such a good cook is because during college he worked as a chef’s assistant at a country club that was owned by a Jewish family who obviously knew what they were doing in the kitchen. One of my goals is to make a really good vegetarian matzo ball soup because that would just be incredible! Even though I don’t eat meat, this soup looks so comforting!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      this comment totally wins!!!

      The tribe would love to have you my dear 🙂 and veggie matzo ball is so doable. Well I’m sure SOMEONE has done it!

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    March 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry you’ve been sick!
    This looks tasty – wish I would have seen it earlier since I just put white chicken chili in the crock pot.
    I’m sure we will have more soup days this winter so this will be next time!!

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    March 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I’m literally about to go put soup in the crock pot (inspired by you, of course). I don’t have everything needed (ahem, entire chicken) so I’m going to improvise with random other things. But know YOU’RE THE REASON FOR THE SOUP!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Glad I could be your soup inspiration! Now I want to know what kind of soup it is…will it taste good with donuts?!

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    Christie @ Kissesandkale.blogspot.com
    March 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Oh Yum!!! Thanks for sharing this Davida, I’ve been looking for a good chicken soup recipe! Love all of your recipes and food pics. 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      You’re the sweetest Christie! Thank you so much. Nice to see your name pop up in my comments 🙂

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    March 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    First, being sick sucks so I’m sorry and hope you feel better. Second, chicken soup is the ultimate cure! I usually add grilled cheese to that menu to make it even more comforting. Grilled cheese goes with a variety of good “sick” soups, like chicken noodle and tomato. I may need to break out the slow cooker since it looks like we’re headed for a good snow day.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Just made a second batch of this and will 100% be enjoying it tomorrow with some grilled cheese!

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    March 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Mhmm looks delicious! There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of chicken noodle soup and I love how this can be made in the slow cooker! Fix it and forget it=my style of cooking!

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    March 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Oh no! I’m so sorry you’ve been feeling under the weather. Ain’t no one got time for that. LOL! I sure hope this soup has some magic in it & puts you back on your feet! Will keep you in my prayers.

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Booo I hope you feel better soon! This looks like just the thing!

    My go to sick foods- plain pasta with tomato sauce, toast, tea with lots of honey and of course SOUP. Now If only I still had someone to make them all for me…;)

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    March 3, 2014 at 4:46 am

    One of my favourite things to make when I am not well is definitely chicken soup. It is so warm and comforting and delicious!!

    I hope you feel better soon. I am sure copious amounts of this soup will do the trick for sure.

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    March 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This looks divine! One of my favourite things to eat when i’m not well! 🙂

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    March 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Yes, I do make my own chicken soup – but never tried doing it in a crock pot! My go to meal when I am ill is a plate of broccoli sauteed with ginger, onions, turmeric and garlic – it never has failed in making me feel better the next day.

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    March 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I’m impressed you made anything when you were sick. That’s when I dig deep into the freezer or send the Hubby out to get soup.
    I have made my own soup but it was more of the Chicken Less variety. The rest was the same though: carrots, celery, and salt. Mama Maven is right!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 5, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Chicken soup instead of blood – hahaha you always crack me up!
    This soup looks so so comforting and delish to me ahhh. I want a bowl for lunch, pretty please.
    And I hope you’re feeling better! xx

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Congrats for running solo on this dish! It looks delicious and everyone needs a good chicken soup to count on. I don’t use my slow cooker often but I may just have to dust it off for this one. Looks so good. 🙂

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    Samantha White
    October 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

    My go to sick food is definitely chicken soup. But I remember my mom put some fresh egg noodle in it. Ah I’d wish I could make one soon. Spoonful Of Comfort

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    December 1, 2014 at 7:12 am


    I would like to share a a great tip on how to improve the taste and colour of chicken soup. My mom would cook it every Sunday and I really disliked it but with time I started to enjoy the taste of it and even cooking it 🙂

    The secret ingredient is burnt onion. I burn it slowly over the cooker and wait until it gets black 🙂 Then, I put it straight to the pot with my soup 🙂 Actually, I am cooking the chicken soup right now and mmmmmm it smells great 🙂

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    July 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I’m pregnant and suffering from the most rotten cold. I’m not allowed to take all my usual cold remedies so I have followed your recipe to the letter and it’s in cooking just now! Smells amazing! Can’t wait to try it, fingers crossed it helps me!

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    October 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I would love for this to cook while I am at work. Do you think I could cook it on low for 8 hours?

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    June 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I only recently started making chicken soup. I grew up eating canned (usually condensed) chicken soup, which should not even be allowed to be called chicken soup. I made this recipe first and immediately felt like I had been neglected or deprived of something as a child lol. This recipe is easy to make and tastes fantastic. It really does make toy feel better when you’re sick too! I don’t even know how that works, but it does. I tried a couple other recipes after this one, but I was only disappointed. This is definitely the recipe to use!

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