If you love soup but hate waiting a long time for it to cook, have I got the recipe for you! My crockpot chicken soup recipe is the solution that you MUST try.
The reasons are…
1. It’s super easy to make and can be prepped in under 10 minutes.
2. It will cook on its own without you having to worry about the stove being on for HOURS.
3. It’s not expensive at all… in fact, you’ll be pleased that you can make such delicious crockpot chicken soup without having to buy really expensive cuts of meat.
4. You can definitely get a gelatinous quality to the broth (when it’s cold).
Plenty of people from the wellness world praise bone broth… and technically, you are cooking the bones in this recipe. That’s why you add the apple cider vinegar… to help draw out the bone nutrients into the soup.
I do have a stovetop bone broth recipe HERE, but I’ll be honest… it takes more time that most people want to commit. If you’re really busy and can’t manage to get food on the table as easily as you’d like, this crockpot chicken soup recipe is for you.
Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipe
First of all, you’ve got to get yourself a crockpot. You certainly do not need to go crazy and buy one with all of the bells and whistles.
Mine is old-school with a dial on the front. No electronics at all!
So don’t feel like you’ve got to commit to a machine that’s overly complicated or expensive.
Yes, you can find a crockpot (aka. slow cooker) for under $20.
The only thing to consider is the size. That will determine just how much you can fit in the crockpot and if you can make another delicious slow cooker recipe like this — Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken.
The next thing to consider is what type of chicken you’ll buy — conventional versus organic.
If you can afford it, buy organic free-range chicken. Truthfully, organic chicken legs aren’t expensive at all so I think this is one spot where you can make that jump up to the healthier chicken.
Buying organic is important when cooking bones for a long time because toxins and heavy metals tend to be stored in the bones. Buying organic means you’re making food from a more nutrient-dense, cleaner source.
Ultimately your soup will taste much better and richer. (Yes, you will notice a difference!)
And if you’re looking for a different flavor profile, try subbing the 4 chicken legs out for 2 turkey legs. That way you can easily turn this into a turkey soup recipe!
Just make sure to be very careful to remove the many small bones from the turkey legs once the meat is fully cooked. There are more present in turkey legs than in chickens because turkeys weigh so much more.
Toppings For Your Crockpot Chicken Soup
You certainly can eat your crockpot chicken soup as is with just the broth, veggies, and meat.
And you most definitely can add some healthy starches like rice, quinoa, or even some gluten free pasta noodles.
(I certainly have thoughts on brown rice that go beyond the arsenic issue and explain why brown rice may not be great if you’ve got digestive issues HERE.)
But that’s not even the end of what you can do to “jazz up” this soup (as my mom often says)!
I love to get creative and top my soup with yummy additions such as avocado cubes and pico de gallo (here’s how to make your own!).
I actually have another article that shares some of my top ways to turn this basic crockpot chicken soup recipe into new meals. You’ll get a number of ideas on ways to boost nutrition in ways that make the soup even more delicious!
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