Check out our photo a day

Must-try recipe: Hearty slow cooker chicken soup

Fat Mum Slim /

Hearty slow cooker chicken soup

Do you ever go through stages of being really organised? I’m in the stage of being quite organised. I won’t say really because you’d probably ask to see my wardrobe, or the pantry, or the garage… and well, they aren’t any kind of example of organisation at all. But I feel almost on top of things. I’m meal-planning, I’m mastering my laundry pile everyday and my inbox isn’t as chaotic as it sometimes can be.

The other night I thought I’d put on the slow cooker to make chicken soup so we had some for lunch the next day. I thought it could cook while we slept. I really was reach domestic goddess status. Until Hubby woke me up at 1am to tell me that all he could smell was chicken soup. Turns out, you kinda don’t want to smell soup while you sleep. So I crept out, turned it off and then headed back to bed.

I did switch it back on in the morning, and it definitely satisfied at lunch time. I’ve been making this hearty chicken soup for a long time now, but this is the first time I’ve done it in the slow cooker. If you like a hearty soup that feels much more like a meal than a starter, this soup is for you.

Hearty slow cooker chicken soup


1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, peeled, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
1 large zucchini, diced
1 small potato, peeled, diced
1 1/4 cups dry soup mix, rinsed
8 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
1kg skinless chicken lovely legs


♥ Place everything into your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
♥ Once cooked, remove the chicken legs from the soup. Remove the meat from the bones and break up a little. Discard the bones. Place the chicken meat back into the soup, and stir to combine.
♥ Serve with bread and butter, or if you’re being healthy… eat the soup by itself.

What’s the state of your home right now? Organised? Or slightly chaotic?


(Visited 12,252 times, 1 visits today)
  • Aunty Mogg

    Thanks Chantelle! Exactly the perfect soup for weekday work lunches for my hubby! He’s been taking cuppa soups or a tin and heating it at work and complaining so this will keep him happy and fed and also a lot healthier!!

  • Annie

    Question from a foreigner – what’s dry soup mix? Is it dried pulses? Like lentils, split peas and beans?

  • Rebecca Casey

    same question from me from a brit! x

  • debbie

    1 1/4 cups dry soup mix, rinsed..I know its Monday but this soup sounds so good and I want to cook it but Im not sure what this means?

  • Catherine Forbes

    In Australia, dry soup mix is a mix of split peas, barley and lentils

    • Erin

      Ohhh thanks lol I was thinking how on earth can I rinse soup?

      • Catherine Forbes

        Lol – yes, could have been messy. So, can you get split peas, dried lentils and pearl barley? When a recipe calls for soup mix, I just use split peas and dried lentils as my daughter cannot have barley. Works just as well.

      • Oh my gosh, what a crack-up. Please don’t rinse the soup. 😛

  • Jennifer

    he he… i have a silly question… what are chicken lovely legs?? maybe I don’t know this as I am in VIC and you in NSW??? thanks 🙂

    • They’re like meaty drumsticks. I got mine from the supermarket, but if you have a chicken shop nearby they should have them.

      I honestly thought the same as you at first, but they’re there. And every single time I feel weird asking for some ‘lovely legs’!

      • And if you can’t get them, I think chicken thighs would work a treat too. Maybe only get about 800g – because you don’t have to worry about the bones.

        • Jennifer

          excellent, thanks so much, going to give this one a crack!

    • Catherine Forbes

      Drumsticks without the skin

  • Karen Walters

    We’re doing your meatball stroganoff again today but this is another keeper! Yay for slow cookers! Re organisation…um…well…let’s just say we now sit on the floor because the sofa is covered in clothes I’ve brought in from the line and haven’t put away. I’m failing at this housewife thing! (probably spending too much time taking photos…)

  • think this will be tomorrow night’s dinner!

  • Kathryn C

    Hi Chantelle, Just wondering how many does this serve? Thanks heaps it sure sounds sooo good 🙂

    • It’s massive. I think I filled 8 of the round Chinese take-away containers. And it’s filling too. x

      • Kathryn C

        Thanks heaps! I can’t wait to try it out MMMmmm

  • Love this version Telle and will be employing once I get my hands on some lovely legs!

  • YUM! I’ve been a touch unwell the last few weeks and chicken soup as been my saviour. Will have to try this!

  • Pip Rumble

    Yum! Chantelle, your recipe’s are always so good, we have your slow cooker beef strog almost once a week at the moment- I think I will add this to my meal rotation too!

  • Bev Storey

    This looks really good! I know what your hubby means about the cooking smells, though. A couple of times I’ve put some meat in the slow cooker overnight and it really doesn’t help me sleep at all!

    • I’m cooking corned beef today in the slow cooker. I don’t much like that smell. But will be worth it at the end of the day.

  • SuZan VaSica

    I love slow cooker recipes that don’t need any frying off before hand. Will definitely be trying this one

  • Natalie Stoute

    I’ve been making the exact same soup for a few years too. Takes just over an hour in the pot, is it any better in a slow cooker? Thanks!

  • Marg Proudfoot

    Made this last night for my poor old husband who has man flu. Omitted the soup mix and potato, added more leeks, carrots and some garlic and tried out a matzo ball mix which worked a treat. Chicken soup for the soul.

  • Hailey Murray

    Thanks Chantelle, that’s the best chicken soup recipe I’ve ever had!

  • Thank you so much for reminding me of one of my favourite soups! This was a staple on the menu for a few years before I met my now husband, and only fell off the menu as he is not a huge fan of soup. It’s making a comeback now – and as I do all the cooking, he can just eat what I cook!

  • Lisa Aherne

    I made this! My brownie points total has gone through the roof. Thank you!!!

  • Aunty Mogg

    Thanks again Chantelle, I’ve made this yummy soup about 3 times now and it’s so healthy so filling and so yummy! I have been having it for lunch & hubby is also taking it to work – better than a hot pie he says!

  • Michelle Doehnert

    Tonight is the 3rd time I’ve made this since you shared it…….I do make it the old fashioned way though as when I made it the first time I found my slow cooker was too small and it didn’t cook properly.

    Super delicious though!

  • Jayne

    Back again and cooking this one for the fourth time today! I really do need to print off the recipe as I keep coming back to it. We are a house full of sickies at the moment so this is just what we need tonight 🙂

  • Tonima Akter

    Ah yum! This sounds so bloody good and so easy! I actually have found a few good recipes in the recipes books

  • Jessica Kariyawasam

    So just checking…. am I using a whole leek or just half????