I have been missing in action for a week because my home was hit with an ugly stomach bug. First it hit me for days, then my precious toddler luckily for only a day and finally it hit my husband. When I was finally able to eat all I wanted to eat was soup. My husband doesn't cook and my mom was busy at work so I had to settle for the canned version.
I love eating soups and have always had them with starchy pasta or white rice. I decided to make my own version of chicken noodle soup and make it with zoodles instead of noodles. First I took some celery stalks and onion and chopped them into large pieces and put them in the bottom of my slow cooker. I placed a whole chicken on top and added 4 cups of water. Then on top of the chicken I put some salt, garlic powder, onion powder and threw in some springs of fresh thyme, parsley and a dry bay leaf. Then I cooked it on high for four hours.
I took out the chicken and placed into a large bowl. Then I removed all the skin and bones and shredded it into big pieces. After the chicken is removed you get this super homey and delicious chicken stock to start your soup with.
- 4 stalks celery (two chopped into big pieces and two diced)
- 1 small onion
- whole chicken
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 handful chopped fresh parsley (plus more to garnish)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 cups low sodium chicken stock
- 1 cup peas and carrots
- 1 tsp granular chicken bouillon
- zucchini (1 per serving, peeled and cut into zoodles)
- Place chopped celery and onion onto the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chicken on top. Add 2 cups of water, thyme, parsley and one of the bay leaves. Sprinkle the onion powder, garlic powder and salt on top of the chicken. Add two more cups of water to the top of the chicken and cook on high for 4 hours.
- Remove chicken and place in a large bowl. Remove skin and bones and shred meat into large pieces.
- Strain stock and place into a pot. Add the remaining bay leaf, bouillon, diced celery and peas and carrots and cook on a high simmer until the celery is tender.
- Add the chicken and taste for seasoning. Add more salt if needed.
- Place zoodles onto the bottom of a bowl. Ladle on some soup and sprinkle with chopped parsley to garnish.