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January 15, 2018

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN RICE VERMICELLI SOUP

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Vermicelli Soup might look simple, but it is comforting and packed with flavor. It's the perfect soup to warm your body and feed your soul during the wintery cold and flu season. 

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN RICE VERMICELLI SOUP
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Don't you hate it when you order chicken soup and there's hardly any chicken in it? Remember that commercial years and years ago with the slogan "Where's the beef?" Well, that's what I feel like saying sometimes when I order chicken soup, only it's "Where's the chicken?" That's not happening with this soup! It is jam packed with chicken and good lean protein. And it's so easy to make.



Since this is a slow cooker meal, I can set it and forget it for a few hours while I go about my business. This soup cooks on low for 4 to 6 hours. The chicken breast is added to chicken stock that is seasoned with scallion, garlic, ginger, star anise, salt, sesame oil, and fish sauce. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, rice vermicelli (and more scallion) is added to the stock while the chicken is shredded and returned to the slow cooker. And it's ready to enjoy! It is fantastic served with a good squeeze of fresh lime juice which adds so much brightness. Don't leave it out. I highly recommend it!





This is a low maintenance, budget friendly, and healthy meal. It is nourishing, comforting, and perfect for cold winter days. (And it's gluten free too!) Since people at work are dropping like flies from colds and flu, I'm keeping a supply of this in the freezer as an emergency stash to nurse me back to health in case my number comes up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I won't need to dig into the freezer stash!




SLOW COOKER CHICKEN RICE
VERMICELLI SOUP     

Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Vermicelli Soup


INGREDIENTS:


6 cups chicken stock
3 star anise
1/3 cup chopped scallion stems (whites)
1 1/2 tbsp. minced ginger
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
4 tsp. fish sauce
12 oz. skinless boneless chicken breast
1/3 cup chopped scallion greens
4 oz. rice vermicelli
1 lime, quartered


INSTRUCTIONS:

Pour chicken stock into a 2.5 quart slow cooker. Use a piece of cheesecloth to create a pouch for the star anise. Knot the opening closed. Place in slow cooker. Add scallion stems, ginger, garlic, pepper, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and fish sauce. Stir to blend. Add chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

When chicken is cooked through, transfer to a plate. Add scallion greens and rice vermicelli to the stock. Use two forks to shred chicken. Return to the slow cooker. Continue cooking until vermicelli is tender (about 10 minutes total cooking time). Serve with a squeeze of lime juice.

Makes 4 starter or 2 main servings.



Recipe Notes:

  1. Using a cheesecloth pouch prevents star anise fragments from break loose into the soup. As an alternative to a cheesecloth, use a tea ball infuser to contain the star anise.
  2. Recipe can easily be doubled using a larger slow cooker.








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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! This soup looks so comforting, especially in this snowy cold weather. I feel ya, I like lots of chicken in my soup, not particles ;-) . Take care.

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    1. Thank you Stacey! Some of the chicken soup I have had should have been called "A Taste of Chicken Soup". Haha! Have a great week!

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  2. OH YUM this looks like such a comforting and warming recipe Thao, so perfect for cold days and the horrid flu season. My son loves chicken soup, so I know that he will absolutely love this dish too. Definitely saving and pinning to cook soon!!!
    Keep warm and have a great week��

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    1. Thank you, Ashika! I hope your son enjoys it! My son refuses to eat soup—he hates the idea of mixing liquid in with his food. I'm hoping he will snap out of it one day and realizes what he's been missing :)

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  3. Slow cooker soups are the BEST! Also, I hate when you order soup and they're chinsy with the meat too - I love that you can control the amount of chicken in here!! Noodle soup is a slight addiction of mine. Looks so yummy!

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    1. It's a yummy addiction too! And eating a hot bowl of noodle soup has a way of making everything better :)

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  4. It's been SO cold that all I can think about is soup! This looks like a winner---chock full of chicken, noodles AND flavor!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz! When I'm cold to the core, a hot and steamy bowl of soup is exactly what I crave :)

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  5. Yep! I totally know what you mean! When I make chicken soup, it has LOADS of chicken in it. Love no fuss meals like this and really love that you used star anise here. It adds such a lovely flavour. Time to break out the slow cooker for this one. Awesome recipe, Thao :)

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! I have and love for noodle, but a girl needs chicken too! Have fun with your slow cooker!!

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  6. This looks so heartwarming! Love all the seasonings in the chicken stock to give it a lovely complex flavour. I wish I had a bowl right now!

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    1. I wish I could give you one, Marie! I love a simple soup with a flavorful broth.

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  7. i love pho!!! i've been so spoiled by all the good $5 pho and i'm going to be sad when i leave it behind. good time to start making homemade pho i suppose (;

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    1. I'd be sad to leave it behind too! My favorite pho place is in the town where I live, but unfortunately not at that price. I would be going there every week!

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  8. Yummy! Excellent soup recipe which makes my mouth water, Thao! Can I use olive oil instead of sesame oil?

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    1. Thank you, Agnes! I highly suggest you use sesame oil, but you can substitute with olive oil if you like. You just won't get that distinctive toasted sesame nuttiness undertone in the broth.

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  9. Oh my goodness. How did I miss this when you posted it LAST WEEK! I totally agree that most chicken soup is actually missing chicken so I need to make this ASAP!

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    1. Haahaa! I'm glad you saw it this week, Kelsie! Making your own is so worth the effort. 😀

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  10. Such a delicate et elegant recipe. I love it, it's so simple and seems so flavorful at the same time :)

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    1. Thank you. Sometimes simple has the best flavor :)

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  11. This is exactly what I feel like eating right at this very second. It looks so delicious, the kind of soup to nourish and indulge in! You are making me so hungry right now, I knew it was a mistake to visit your blog before bedtime haha

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    1. Haahaa! And sorry, Ruby. But if you dream about eating food then I would consider it a good dream!😆

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  12. Crossing fingers that the flu stays away from us and from you! And your chicken soup looks perfect to keep it at bay. :)

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    1. So far so good! I hope it continues to stay that way, Annmarie!

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