Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Most chicken noodle soups from the slow cooker are watery graves for tough, stringy chicken. Making rich, meaty chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker requires handling the light and dark meat differently.
Why This Recipe Works
Most slow-cooker chicken noodle soup recipes are watery graves for tough, stringy chicken. We wanted our Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup recipe to feature potent broth and tender meat. We found that keeping the skin on after browning our bone-in chicken thighs added valuable flavor to the broth. For a rich, full-bodied base, we used low-sodium chicken broth in place of the water favored in many slow-cooker chicken soup recipes. For moist, tender chicken breasts that cook in the same amount of time as the thighs, we omitted them from the browning step and wrapped them in foil to insulate against the heat of the slow cooker.