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Crockpot Creamy Chicken Soup (Low Carb Friendly)

This soup is a creamy and herbaceous comfort food. It's rich but not too heavy for a warm and happy tummy.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp butter separated 1 tbsp and 2 tbsp
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 chicken tenderloins can substitute with 4 breasts
  • 2 tbsp Herbs De Manhattan Seasoning Mix available at http://herbsdemanhattan.com/
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Ingredients
  • Put 1 tbsp of butter, celery, and onions in the crockpot. Let them cook on high for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. 
  • While the celery and onions are cooking, melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet on medium low. Then add the garlic and let it sweat. (Do not let the garlic brown) 
  • While the garlic is cooking, season the chicken with Herbs De Manhattan Seasoning Mix, 1 tbsp on each side. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Turn the heat up to medium high. Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet. Cook the chicken for approximately 5 minutes on each side to get a nice golden sear. 
  • Remove the chicken and cut into bite sized cubes. (Don’t worry if the chicken isn’t cooked all the way through. It will finish cooking in the crockpot) Turn the crockpot down to low.  Stir in the chicken. 
  • Deglaze the skillet with 2 tbsp of chicken broth on low. Pour the contents of the skillet into the crockpot. Stir in the rest of the chicken broth. Cover and let cook for 4 hours.
  • In the last 10 minutes of cooking, whisk in the softened cream cheese. Let cook until melted and fully incorporated with no clumps. (If you soften the cream cheese in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time until you can stir it into a creamy texture, it will combine more easily)
  • Stir in the cream just before serving. 
  • Ladle into bowls and enjoy!

Notes

Some good additions would be mushrooms, cauliflower, and bacon. If you do add bacon, try cooking the chicken in the bacon grease instead of butter to give it a more pronounced bacon flavor. You could also add some red pepper flakes for a spicy little kick.