slow cooker broccoli cheddar soup with chicken

This is not your traditional broccoli cheddar soup...  The lemon juice and wine add a delicious freshness to the soup and the red pepper flakes add a comforting warmth.

Not to mention the fact that it's a very simple hands-off slow cooker recipe!

You can puree this when it's done if you prefer a thicker soup, but I like to keep things simple.  Add a loaf of good french bread on the side to sop up all the juice and you've got the perfect comforting winter meal!

(If you want to leave the chicken out, cut down the chicken stock to 3 cups instead of 4!)

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Chicken Recipe

1 1/2 lbs broccoli, finely chopped
1 raw chicken breast, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt & pepper, to taste
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup cream or half & half

Throw everything except the cheese and cream into the slow cooker and stir to combine.  Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours.  Stir in the shredded cheese and cream and continue cook, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is melted...  15 to 30 minutes or so.

Serve with a loaf (or two!) of crusty french bread!

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