How to Make Homemade Chicken Soup From Scratch

by Chelsea Hoffman ; Updated March 16, 2018

Homemade chicken soup is filling, delicious and good for the cold and flu season.

chicken soup with meat-leg 2 image by Svenja98 from Fotolia.com

Homemade chicken soup adds warmth during the cold and flu season. Making your own homemade chicken soup, using a crock pot, isn't hard for even a novice cook. A recipe that can be completed by a bachelor, college student or anyone else who lacks kitchen space and time, crock pot chicken soup is delicious and easy. Making homemade chicken soup from scratch gives you the ability to eat well without hassle.

Step 1

Plug in the crock pot and pour in two quarts of water.

Step 2

Place the whole chicken into the crock pot. Use a 2 to 3 lb. fryer.

Step 3

Add the onions and garlic to the pot. Cover it and turn it on its highest setting. Let the chicken, onion and garlic cook in the water in this manner for two hours.

Step 4

Remove the entire chicken, carefully, from the crock pot. Place it on the large platter.

Step 5

Stir the salt and rice into the chicken stock. Add the mixed vegetable combo. Cover and let it simmer for 30 minutes while the chicken cools on the plate.

Step 6

Remove the meat and skin from the bones of the whole chicken after the bird has cooled for 30 minutes. Add the meat and skin to the soup mixture in the crock pot. Discard the bones. Use the chicken skin, because it adds more flavor to your homemade soup--it disintegrates into the stock as it cooks, making a delicious, flavored stock.

Step 7

Turn the crock pot to its lowest setting after adding the chicken and skin to the soup. Let the soup cook for an additional 30 minutes and serve.

Items you will need

  • Crock pot (4 qt.)
  • Small, whole chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed vegetable medley
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • Metal strainer
  • Large platter
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup wild rice

Photo Credits

  • chicken soup with meat-leg 2 image by Svenja98 from Fotolia.com

About the Author

The author of such novels as “Planet Omega” and the romantic drama, “Chloe and Louis,” Chelsea Hoffman devotes her time to writing about a myriad of different topics like gardening, beauty, crafts, cooking and medical research. She's published with Dobegreen.Com, The Daily Glow and other websites, and maintains the site Beauty Made Fresh.