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Chicken Vegetable Soup
There is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of chicken vegetable soup. Whether you’re sick with the flu or having a bad day, a good bowl of hearty chicken vegetable soup can lift your spirits and make you feel better. Eat this with a toast of bread or a side of salad for a light and healthy meal. This is a super easy recipe that even first-time cooks can make. All you really need to do after washing and chopping the ingredients is to place them in the crock pot and turn the heat on. You can either cook the chicken vegetable soup on low heat for eight hours or on high heat for four hours. If you are going to be out all day, cook it on low and you will have a nutritious meal when you get back home from work. If you want something that is ready by lunchtime, then you can make this first thing in the morning, cook it on high and your lunch is ready after you’ve done all the chores you need to do.
To make a delicious and unforgettable soup, start with cold water, never warm or hot so as to develop the flavors gradually and naturally. This recipe uses boneless and skinless chicken for a healthier dish. If you’re more concerned about flavor than calories or fat, however, you can use chicken with their bones and skin on; this will result in a tastier and more flavorful soup, albeit a less healthy one. Remember to skim off the fat before serving the soup.
For superior flavor, use chicken that has not been frozen. Thawing chicken can diminish the flavor of the meat since the moisture will be drawn out in the process of defrosting. Also take note that dark meat has more flavor than white meat, so mix them up when making this delicious soup. Learn about diet soup recipes here.
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel and chop vegetables and put in crock pot.
Add chicken pieces, salt and pepper. Cover with hot water.
Put lid on crock pot and cook on Low Heat for 8 hours or on High Heat for 4 hours.