It’s as if this soup knew we needed it in our lives. As if somehow, in the mysterious ways only known to soup, it recognized that many days of the week are busy, and our time in the kitchen is limited, but we still want a hearty meal as the sun goes down. Therefore, on the day we needed it most, this soup arrived, begging us to make it on a morning we are still half-asleep and thinking about the other items on our agenda for the day.This soup! I don’t think I’ve ever made one that takes less effort or energy. I didn’t even thaw the chicken ahead of time. I had all four ingredients already in my home because I almost always have:
- boneless chicken
- chicken broth
I didn’t have to chop, stir, measure, or think. I put the ingredients into my crock pot, plugged it in (always recommended), turned it on, and walked away. Six hours later we sat down and ate soup.
If all of life was as easy as this soup, we would all turn into lazy, squishy people. Seeing as most days we are going-going-going, I don’t think we need to fear the squish. But this soup? It’s got our back at the end of a busy day, because it recognizes all we do and it’s here to say, “Dinner? No problem. I’m here for you. Sit down with your family. Eat. Enjoy.”
Simple Crock Pot Chicken Soup with a Kick
- 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs or breasts
- 16-ounces salsa (more or less is fine)
- 32 ounces (1 quart) chicken broth
- 8 ounces cheese (cheddar, Colby jack, Monterrey, Pepper jack - whichever you prefer)
- Put all ingredients into a crock pot.
- Cook on hi for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8.
- Shred chicken and serve.
What to serve with this Chicken Soup with a Kick:
- Tossed salad
- Fresh fruit
Consider adding to your bowl of Chicken Soup with a Kick:
- Crushed tortilla chips
- Sour Cream
- Sliced Olives
- Black Beans
This soup will work wonderfully to serve to guests. It is seriously delicious and need I remind you? You don’t have to thaw the chicken ahead of time. I mean, you can if you want. But why plan ahead when this soup doesn’t require it?
This recipe, for sure, will be one of my go-to recipes this fall and winter.
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This looks so yummy! I guess it wouldn’t work without the cheese, though.
You can definitely leave out the cheese. I think it will be *almost* as good. :)
It wouldn’t be dry?
Not at all because of the broth. It’ll be delicious!
I need, need, need recipes like this! Five young kiddos and high standards in the kitchen can sometimes lead to mom-meltdowns…Really looking forward to your next project’s unveiling! :) God bless-
I love soups like this! I make it all the time. I also like adding white beans or black beans – depending on my mood – and orzo. It’s my husband’s favorite.
Jamie D says
This soup deserves its new title in our house – Lifesaver Soup! With me and all four of my sous-chefs down with quick (but powerful) head colds, this soup saved us two days in a row! It’s hot, yummy, and so easy that we all did just a few quick things to get it into the crockpot – a team effort, and good for the team! Thanks, Laura!
This makes me so happy!! (Well, not the head colds part, so sorry you’re all sick!) I love that this soup served such a wonderful purpose at your house. That is just what I was aiming for. :)
I had to come back here to tell you that I made this yesterday in a frenzy with no time and my family LOVED it. They looked at me a little funny at first, like “No you’re not hearing me I’m REALLY hungry and this is just soup” but this soup is so hearty it won them over. Love this series on wholesome but simple meals; thank you!!
I have to admit I was skeptical that this would be good. I was in a pinch yesterday and needed to throw something in the crockpot. I’m so glad I picked a winner! This was good! I think because the amount of effort it took made it taste even better! Thank you for the easy recipe! I told my 10 year old son that he can make it next time!
Should the cheese be shredded first? This looks yummy!!
Shredded or chunks – however you want. I just cut chunks into it! :)
I don’t have enough time to make it in my slow cooker. How would i make this in the instant pot? I have about 1.5 hours until dinner. Any thoughts?
I’d probably cook it at high pressure for 15 minutes, adding the cheese after this. I am new to my Instant Pot, but I’m anxious to try this recipe in it because it should be very quick!
Thanks! I’ll give it a try.
So the cheese doesnt curdle cooking in there for that long? I hope that wasn’t a dumb question ?.
Good question!! Usually cheese does curdle when it gets too hot, but that hasn’t been our experience in this case!
Heather Loudon says
Approximately how many does this recipe serve?
This s one of my go to meals when I have no time to make dinner! So good! I add one cup of cooked jasmine rice to it. Makes it a little heartier
I too was a little hesitant to try this soup but boy am I glad I did!!! It’s great. Our additions to the soup were sour cream and avocado. Thanks! I love simple recipes like this one :)!
I was skeptical that my family would enjoy this soup. They did! We used a salsa we hadn’t tried before because it was all I could find. So glad I went ahead and threw this in the crockpot. Definitely a keeper!