Chicken Bacon Ranch Stew Slowcooker Recipe - the perfect 'stoup' to elevate the simple chicken noodle soup! And it can all be made from your food storage!
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Sometimes, you want a simple chicken noodle soup. It's fresh. It's classic. It's comforting.
But sometimes, you really want something a little heartier. Especially in the winter when you want a little more!
This simple, easy, and inexpensive recipe is perfect for winter nights when you want to curl up with a book, or binge some Netflix, and have a comforting meal in a cup.
It's also great to have ready for when you get home from a night of school activities and need something that is ready with no fuss!
This recipe can use all fresh foods as in this inspirational recipe from Simple Joy. But I wanted to show how you can take a recipe and convert it to food storage foods, particularly dehydrated foods.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Stew Recipe
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Slow Cooker or Multi-cooker
- Sense of Adventure
This recipe is extremely versatile. Use whatever you'd like, however you have it stored or what you have fresh.
- Pasta - use any hearty pasta. This isn't the place for angel hair or zoodles.
- Chicken - use your home canned chicken (1 pint), dehydrated chicken or freeze dried chicken for shelf-stable use, but you can use fresh chicken if you prefer.
- Dehydrated Vegetables - this is a choose-your-own-adventure type of recipe. Use whatever your favorite dehydrated vegetables are to make this soup. Remember to monitor for liquid levels and add more if needed while cooking.
- Cream of Chicken soup - you can use a pantry item like this or a cream of anything soup (scroll down the page a little) with a little extra shot of chicken bullion.
- Ranch Dressing Powder: Of course, you can use commercial, or you can make your own from this recipe.
- Bacon - Use shelf-stable pre-cooked bacon or bacon bits. Yes, you can always use the leftovers from breakfast or what you've precooked in the freezer.
- Mix all ingredients into a slow cooker like this one. This will also work in your multi-cooker on the slow cooker setting.
- Cook for 4 hours on high, 6 hours on low.
- Remove chicken to shred, return to slow cooker.
- Add noodles and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes, until done to your desired texture. Hearty noodles work better than thin noodles.
- Make bacon, crumble, then add as garnish when serving.
- You can make this completely shelf-stable by using freeze-dried chicken , like this from Augason Farms, instead of fresh, and have it cooked in as much time as the noodles cook and the chicken rehydrates. No need for a slow cooker at that point.
- Want to take this up a notch with a spicy twist? Use Fiesta Ranch Seasoning Mix -- or make your own in bulk from my friend Leisa Sutton's recipe!
- Instead of using Cream of Chicken soup, you can make your own "Cream of Something" soup by using this recipe.
- DIY Bacon Bits: You can make your own bacon bits ahead of time by cooking them in the oven until crisp, dabbing as much fat off as possible, crumbling, flash freezing, and storing in the freezer.
Learn to dehydrate the vegetables in this recipe:
A conversion chart to help with fresh to dehydrated.
Watch the Youtube Video for Chicken Bacon Ranch Stoup here.
More Meal Ideas with Dehydrated Foods
Chicken Bacon Ranch Stew Slow Cooker Recipe
- 1 lb Chicken
- 2 can Cream of Chicken soup
- 2 Can Water
- 1 Can Chicken Broth 14 oz
- 1 Cup Dehydated Carrots 3 regular fresh carrots
- ½ Cup Celery 3 fresh ribs diced
- 1 Cup Dehydrated Vegetables or use ¼ Cup Vegetable Powder
- ¼ Cup Dehydrated Bell Pepper ½ Fresh Bell Pepper
- 2 oz Ranch Powder
- 2 Cup Pasta of your choice Use hearty pasta
- ½ lb Bacon (crisped)
- Place all ingredients into slow cooker EXCEPT noodles and bacon
- Cook on high 4 hrs, low 6 hrs until chicken is done
- Remove chicken to shred, add it back in
- Add noodles and cook an additional 20-30 min
- Serve and top with crisped, crumbled bacon
RECIPE NOTES:Yield is about 8 servings You can make this completely shelf-stable by using freeze-dried chicken , like this from Augason Farms, instead of fresh, and have it cooked in as much time as the noodles cook and the chicken rehydrates. No need for a slow cooker at that point. Want to take this up a notch with a spicy twist? Use Fiesta Ranch Seasoning Mix -- or make your own in bulk from my friend Leisa Sutton's recipe! Instead of using Cream of Chicken soup, you can make your own "Cream of Something" soup using this recipe. DIY Bacon Bits: You can make your own bacon bits ahead of time by cooking them in the oven until crisp, dabbing as much fat off as possible, crumbling, flash freezing, and storing in the freezer.
Nutritional information is an estimation only. Nutrient information for dehydrated foods is based on fresh. Use ¼ of the servicing size for the same nutrient information. Thus 1 Cup of fresh fruit has the same sugars as ¼ dried.
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