Crock Pot "Everything in the Fridge" Chicken Soup
Updated: Aug 18, 2021
Every mom knows the #crockpot is her best friend. One pot. Set it and forget it. Little mess. Who couldn't love it?!
So when this mama was trying to figure out what to cook for a Sunday night dinner, I instantly thought crockpot. But okay, what was I going to put in it? The answer is - whatever was in the fridge somewhat went together.
So this is how this chicken soup went:
1 White Onion
A bag of Trader Joe’s Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors
1 ½ boxes of low sodium chicken broth
3 Stalks of Celery
Grilled and Ready Cooked Frozen Chicken Strips by Tyson
Crockpot liner (most important)
As stated above, the crockpot liner is the most critical item on this list. If you haven’t heard of them, you will absolutely fall in love once you use them. It makes cooking in the crockpot almost completely #messfree.
So after I lined my crockpot with the liner, I diced my onion, carrots, and celery and put them in the crockpot. I then used about half of a bag of the frozen chicken strips and threw them on top of the vegetables. I then used about a box and a half of low sodium chicken broth to top cover all of the ingredients in the crockpot. Each of these boxes is 32 oz to give you an idea.
Once the vegetables, chicken, and chicken broth were combined in the crockpot, I stirred gently. If you want a thicker soup or stew, you can add flour or cornstarch to thicken it up, or some heavy cream if you’re looking for a creamier base.
Now comes the fun part. I do not usually measure out ingredients, so if you’re looking for that - sorry. I tend to “eye-ball” my ingredients and taste as I go along.
So I did one good shake of onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning on top of the soup and gave it another good stir. Now you can use whatever ingredients you like to add seasoning to your soup - this is just what I like.
I put the lid on and set it to low and cooked it for about 6 hours. About 20 minutes before I was ready to eat the soup, I added about a handful of spinach and stirred it in. If you add the spinach at the beginning, it tends to wilt too much - at least for me.
Now, serve and #enjoy!
The fun thing about this recipe was, I was able to get my 3-year-old son involved. He loved putting the cut veggies into the crockpot along with the chicken and felt like a real cook. A fun moment for me and him.