Cook's Country Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

6 (about 3 pounds)bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Salt and pepperto taste
1 tablespoonunsalted butter
6carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
4celery ribs, sliced
2onions, chopped
4 clovesgarlic, minced
1 teaspoondried thyme
1/4 teaspoonred pepper flakes
12 cupslow-sodium chicken broth
2 wholebay leaves
4 (about 3 pounds)bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts
2 cupscooked egg noodles
1 cupfrozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoonsminced fresh parsley

Instructions

Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and cook until skin is deep golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot. Cook carrots, celery, and onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 1 cup broth to pot and scrape up any browned bits with wooden spoon. Transfer vegetable mixture, bay leaves, and remaining broth to slow cooker.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and wrap in foil. Place foil packet in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until breasts are cooked through and thighs are tender, 4 to 4-1/2 hours.

Remove foil packet from slow cooker. Carefully open foil and transfer chicken breasts to plate. Remove chicken thighs from slow cooker and transfer to plate. When cool enough to handle, shred meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding skin, bones, and excess fat.

Stir shredded chicken, cooked noodles, peas, and parsley into slow cooker. Cover and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Serve.

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