Slow Cooker French Country Chicken Soup


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
  • Makes10 cups (2.5 L)
Slow Cooker French Country Chicken Soup

This makes a big batch of comforting chicken soup. Enjoy a bowl now, then tuck the rest in the freezer for a soothing homemade supper down the road.


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, or 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

  • 2 900-mL cartons chicken broth, or 8 cups chicken bouillon

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 2 tsp dried tarragon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

  • 6 baby potatoes

  • 4 carrots

  • 2 celery stalks

  • 3 leeks


  • Discard skin from chicken and trim any fat. Pour broth into bowl of slow cooker. Whisk in Dijon and seasonings. Add chicken. Cut potatoes, carrots and celery into thick chunky pieces and add.

  • Slice off and discard tough dark-green tops of leeks, then slice leeks in half lengthwise. Separate outer leaves and rinse under running water to remove grit. Slice into thick pieces, then stir in.

  • Cover and cook until chicken is tender and cooked through, 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Remove chicken to a cutting board. Remove meat from bones, then cut chicken into chunky pieces. Stir into soup. Marvellous with thick slices of baguette for dunking. Soup will keep well, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 102, Protein 9g, Carbohydrates 10.3g, Fat 2.1g, Fibre 2.1g, Sodium 780mg.

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