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Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup (Crockpot-recipe)

Updated: Feb 4

Indulge in the sublime warmth of "Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup," a culinary masterpiece inspired by Southern comfort. In this tantalizing slow-cooker creation, succulent boneless chicken thighs mingle with a symphony of flavors: aromatic thyme, rosemary's earthy embrace, and the smoky allure of paprika. A dash of cayenne peppers up the heat, while frozen spinach, carrots, and mirepoix effortlessly infuse wholesome goodness. Simmered to perfection, this dish embodies convenience and taste. Tender egg noodles add a satisfying slurp, completing this sensational symphony. Ladle into bowls and savor the heartwarming essence of a grandmother's love, captured in every spoonful.




Vibe: To complement the warm and comforting ambiance of this Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup, I recommend playing "Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton. This soulful classic captures the essence of the South with its mellow melody and evocative lyrics. The smooth voice of Benton paired with the gentle rain backdrop creates a cozy atmosphere, perfect for simmering a delicious Southern-inspired dish. Let the soulful tunes transport you to a place of nostalgia and warmth, enhancing the experience of both cooking and enjoying your hearty soup.


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup frozen spinach (chopped)

  • 1 cup frozen carrots (sliced)

  • 1/2 cup frozen mirepoix with diced onions, celery and carrots

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for heat)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 8 oz egg noodles


Instructions:

1. Prepare Chicken Thighs:

- Season the chicken thighs with salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.

2. Crockpot Setup:

- Place the seasoned chicken thighs at the bottom of the crockpot.

3. Vegetables and Aromatics:

- Add carrots, celery, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, and dried rosemary to the crockpot.

4. Seasoning:

- Adjust the seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or spices according to your taste. Chicken soup benefits from a bit of heat, so don't be shy with the cayenne if you like it spicy.

5. Chicken Broth:

- Pour in the chicken broth. Ensure the chicken is mostly submerged in the broth.

6. Cooking Time:

- Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and easily shreds.

7. Noodles and Greens:

- About 10 minutes before serving, add the egg noodles. Stir well.

8. Finish:

- Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Remove bay leaves before serving.

9. Serve:

- Ladle the hot and flavorful chicken noodle soup into bowls.

10. Enjoy!

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