Slow-cooker Thyme Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale

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This soup is entirely too delicious for the amount of effort it requires. I’m starting to think anything, cooked slowly until it’s falling apart, might be magical. Here, the rich flavors of the chicken, the bright flowery thyme, the vibrant kale and carrots, and hearty Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles combine to make something much, much better than the sum of its parts. It’s warming, and comforting, and still light and fresh, which is nice when I’m so overloaded on heavy winter foods.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil, optional
  • 2 small onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 1/2 - 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp thyme, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried)
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, dry flakes
  • 3 breasts chicken, skinless, boneless (thights would work too if you like dark meat)
  • 6 cups chicken broth, hot or boiling
  • 2 cups water, hot or boiling
  • 3 cups kale, ribs removed and leaves chopped or torn into small pieces
  • 2 cups Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

Directions

Preheat crockpot to High for quick cooking (3 hours), or Low for longer cooking time (7 hours).

Place all ingredients up to chicken into crockpot, in order listed. (Olive oil, onions, celery, carrots, spices, chicken). Pour in broth and water; they should cover with plenty to spare. (Adding a little extra water won’t hurt, as the chicken and vegetables will contribute to the finished broth.) Cook for 3 hours on High, or about 7 hours on Low, until chicken is cooked through and will tear easily with a fork.

Remove cooked chicken breasts from crockpot, and place on cutting board to cool. In the meantime, add the kale and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat  Egg Noodles, and stir into the soup. When chicken is cool enough to handle, tear or cut it apart into bite-sized chunks and return it to the crockpot. Simmer for another 15-30 minutes.  Serve hot, with bread or biscuits.



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