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Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Soup in the Slow Cooker

This soup is loaded with potatoes, carrots, broccoli, bacon and cheese.  It's hearty and creamy.  It's delicious and warming.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Course, Slow Cooker, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Soup in the Slow Cooker
Servings: 8
Calories: 787kcal
Author: Sarah Robinson

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • cups broccoli florets chopped
  • 2 large potatoes chopped
  • 5 large carrots chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 9 cups chicken stock
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled (set aside some for garnishing)
  • Green onions optional for garnishing

Instructions

  • Add chicken, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, chicken stock, and spices into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4
  • Once chicken is tender, shred it with a fork.
  • Mix together cream cheese, flour and milk.
  • Stir milk mixture into slow cooker and add back the shredded chicken.
  • Cook on high for another 3o minutes.
  • When ready to serve, add cheese and bacon.
  • Garnish each bowl of soup with green onions, additional bacon and shredded cheese.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Chop carrots & onion.
  • Cook bacon, let cool & crumble into pieces.
  • Mix chicken, broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic, 3/4 of crumbled bacon and spices in a gallon size freezer bag (or use the original bag that the chicken came in).
  • Place the rest of the bacon in a smaller sandwich sized freezer bag.  Put this bag inside of the larger bag.
  • On cooking day, dice potatoes and add to the slow cooker.  (You can freeze them, as long as they're completely covered in liquid.  Otherwise they'll turn black and look inedible.)
  • Pour contents of bag into slow cooker.
  • Add chicken broth to slow cooker.
  • Follow instructions 2-8 above.

Nutrition

Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 2069mg | Potassium: 1400mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 7280IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 483mg | Iron: 4mg