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Slow Cooker (or not) Chicken Soup
with rotisserie chicken and green salad

Active: 25 min Total: 6 hr 25 min

This classic recipe from our archives is simple and comforting.
Smarts: Shred rotisserie chicken for tomorrow night at the same time as preparing tonight's meal.
Smarts: To easily infuse the soup with extra flavor, stir salsa in at the end. Any salsa will work, but we love the way a salsa with roasted aromatics adds smoky notes.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Slow Cooker (or not) Rotisserie Chicken Soup:
  • Rotisserie chicken - 1/2, shredded
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Celery - 2 stalks, diced
  • Carrots - 12 oz, sliced
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, drained
  • Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Thyme, fresh - 2 sprigs
  • Stock, chicken - 5 cups
  • Salsa, store-bought - 1/2 cup
Green Salad with Walnuts:
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Walnut halves - 1 cup
  • Mixed greens - 6 oz

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Prep

  1. Rotisserie chicken - (If making Wednesday night's meal, prep chicken for that meal at the same time.) Take meat off the bone and shred. Use a knife and fork or your hands. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onions / Celery / Carrots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together mustard and vinegar. Add olive oil, while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Walnuts - If you'd like walnuts for the salad toasted, toast in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Tomatoes - Drain.
  6. If cooking soup in the slow cooker: Combine rotisserie chicken (reserve half if doubled), garlic, onions, celery, carrots, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, diced tomatoes, and stock in a slow cooker. Cook on low for ~6 hours.

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Make

  1. If making soup on the stovetop: Heat up a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add some cooking oil and then garlic, onions, celery, and carrots to heated oil and saute for ~3 minutes. Add in Italian seasoning, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, diced tomatoes, stock, and chicken (reserve half if doubled). Bring to a boil, and then simmer for ~15 minutes.
  2. When soup is finished cooking, remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  3. Toss greens and walnuts together. Add vinaigrette until salad is dressed to your liking.
  4. Stir salsa into soup. Season with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Reviews

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Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (10)

31 reviews

Good basic recipe for chicken noodle soup

By: Kristine
Posted: Feb 26, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this with a chicken i roasted because the store bought ones are all grease and was extra heavy handed with the thyme. And i added allspice and maggi. The soup turned out amazing. I think the recipe as is would be a bit too basic to really impress, but with a few tweaks, it's definitely one to keep around.

By: Steffi
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Overall just kind of meh for me. I tried to bump up the spices and it was nice to eat on a rainy winter night, but there are many other soups on here that I prefer much more.

By: Angela
Posted: Jan 18, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Made my chicken in the instant pot, which was pretty quick and I used the broth in the instant pot for the soup. Also, added dumplings instead of pasta, which made it delicious!

By: Kyla
Posted: Jan 13, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Waited too long to use the rotisserie chicken, so subbed with chicken sausage which was great. Used hot sauce instead of salsa at the end as the soup already had tomatoes, onions, garlic, etc.

By: Sundi
Posted: Jan 12, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

As far as chicken noodle soup goes -- pretty good. Had to add quite a bit of salt, and used a lot of parmesan cheese. Otherwise, almost by definition, chicken noodle soup is supposed to be really easy on the palate, so this fit the bill. Not quite bland, but not popping with flavor either.

By: Sam
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful