Hearty Chicken Soup

Submitted by Jo Bessell

Hearty Chicken Soup

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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes


  • 2 chicken marylands (or 700-800 grams of any chicken bits)
  • 1 ham hock (approx 800 grams)
  • 2 litres chicken stock (salt reduced)
  • 1-2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 250 grams risone (pasta)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/2 medium sweet potato
  • 1 small half of butternut pumpkin
  • 1/2 broccoli tree
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 cloves garlic


  • For the Veggies -
  • Dice the carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin into small squares.
  • Slice the celery and cut the broccoli into small pieces including the stem (add veggies straight into the slowcooker)
  • Slice the leek, dice the onion and add to a separate pan and saut with the garlic for a few minutes. (Add to slowcooker)
  • Give the veggies a mix and prepare the meat.
  • For the Meat -
  • It's important to remove the skin and any extra fat you can see off the ham hock (add to slowcooker)
  • Cut all the skin off the chicken marylands (you can use any cut of chicken, I just like the flavour of the meat from the bones.
  • Place the prepared meat on top of the veggies and add the 2 litres of chicken stock. (The vegetable stock cube is for later on)
  • Cook on high for 4.5 hours (or low for 7 hours)
  • (All slow cookers are different and times will vary)
  • Remove the meat and set aside.
  • Leaving slowcooker on high (or put it on high) add the 250 grams of Risoni and stir, pop the lid back and attend to the meat.
  • Cut all the meat off the bones and dice into pieces. (It doesn't have to be falling off the bone to be ready) I didn't want strands of meat but you can cook it longer if you do.
  • Add diced meat back into the slowcooker giving it a stir.
  • (At this point I decided I wanted more juice as there was a lot of meat so I added approx 800mls of BOILING water and 1.5 vegetable stock cubes.)
  • Keep stiring regularly until Risoni is cooked (mine took only 30 mins)
  • Once you are happy with the consistency and flavour then turn it off and you are done. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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