Set it and forget it! Slow cooker chicken noodle soup will take all the effort out of dinner.
Ready in 8 hours 45 minutes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours, 30 minutes
2 carrots, chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 lemon, halved
1 whole chicken, excess fat removed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
10 cups water
2 cups egg noodles
parsley for serving
Combine carrot, celery, onion, garlic and lemon in slow cooker. Top with chicken, sprinkle all over with salt and dried thyme. Add bay leaf. Cover with water and cook on low for 8 hours.
Carefully remove chicken from slow cooker (it will be very soft, and may fall apart), reserve. Discard lemon, garlic and bay leaf.
Add noodles, cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, shred chicken, discard all skin and carefully pick through for bones and discard.
Add chicken back to slow cooker and sprinkle with parsley to serve.