Recipe: Rustic Chicken Soup (for Slow Cooker)
Slow cooker recipes are so convenient these days for us busy, working Mums. If you are out at work then cook for longer on a low heat. Give this great recipe a try, it uses wholesome, natural ingredients. It’s great to stop sugar cravings and balance blood sugar. Chicken soup is very nourishing and nurturing both nutritionally and for the soul.
Ingredients – Serves 4
Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
3-4 split chicken breasts [free-range organic], rinsed, patted dry
8 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 heaped cups thinly shredded cabbage [bagged coleslaw mix is fast and easy]
1 red capsicum, cored, seeded, cut up
2 zucchini, cut up
6 to 8 baby potatoes, cut up
1 chilli – mild or hot, to taste
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon each of: dried basil, oregano and parsley
Hot red chilli flakes, shake to taste
1 can diced tomatoes
2 or more cups chicken broth (organic if possible), as needed A dash or two of Worcestershire sauce, to taste (optional)
- Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil into the bottom of a Crock Pot or slow cooker. Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom; top with half the chopped garlic. Season with sea salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, capsicum, zucchini, potatoes, and chillies; and toss them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt, ground pepper, herbs and a shake or two of hot red chilli flakes. Toss to coat.
- Pour the veggies into the crock in an even layer. Pour on the diced tomatoes. Add the chicken broth and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, to taste. The liquid should just about cover the veggies. If you like more of a brothy soup than a stew, add more broth.
- Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and easily breaks apart into pieces with a large spoon. Taste test for seasoning adjustments.
Amended from From gluten free goddess
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