Nothing soothes a sore throat or upset stomach quite like chicken soup and it’s super easy to make at home. I’ve tried quite a few different recipes and landed on two favorites — one more traditional (and probably better for sick days) and one a bit more “gourmet” and just as delicious.
First, the traditional one, adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It – Feasting with your Slow Cooker:
Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup:
- 5 cups hot water
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 46 ounces of chicken broth
- 2 cups cooked chicken
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/3 cup thinly chopped carrots
- Assorted spices – I usually add a little bit of oregano and basil for some extra flavor. Garlic is yummy too!
- 4 cups uncooked noodles
Pour all ingredients except the noodles into the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. About 1/2 hour before the timer is done, add noodles and allow them to finish cooking with the rest of the soup.
My other favorite recipe comes from The Simple Wife. I’ve never tried it in the crockpot, but I’m sure the recipe could be adapted. The wine adds a unique flavor and Joanne recommends homemade noodles, which are actually really easy and delicious!
(Side note: If you’re not familiar with The Simple Wife blog, you should check it out. Along with this delicious soup recipe, she has a lot of ideas for simplifying life as mom, wife, and home manager and her faith has been an encouragement to me for years. About 18 months ago, she suffered a major stroke and now the blog shares details of how to pray for her and her family, as well as the beautiful picture of a family loving each other and God in the midst of hardship.)
Joanne’s Chicken Noodle Soup:
- Italian seasoning (I use basil, oregano, and thyme)
- Chicken stock (homemade is much better than the packaged type!)
- White wine
- Noodles (Joanne suggests making your own, but I normally just use boxed noodles. They’re not as good, but cut out a couple steps for me.)
Chop the onions, carrots, and celery and saute them in olive oil until they’re browned. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and italian spices. To thicken the broth, add a little flour and stir.
Add broth (preferably homemade) and bring to a boil.
Add the chicken and let it cook. I put whole chicken breasts in raw and let it simmer with the lid on for awhile. The chicken picks up all the yummy flavors as it cooks and when it’s done cooking, I pull it out, chop it up, and then add it back into the pot.
Dump in a full bottle of wine (or pour yourself a glass first… I won’t tell.)
Add the noodles and let them cook for about 10 minutes.
As I mentioned in my post about planning for mom’s sick days, I make extras of these soups and freeze them for when I’m sick later in the season. Freezer soups are also a great gift to give a friend when she’s sick!
Do you have a favorite soup recipe? We had buffalo chicken soup at a restaurant recently and it was incredible – I’m planning to try my hand at it soon and will share the recipe here if it turns out well!