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The Classic Winter Warmer, with a Twist
If you love chicken soup but want to add more veggies—not to mention a new flavor dimension—you'll love this vibrant version. It starts with a whole chicken that you poach in the slow cooker, along with the usual vegetables, such as carrots and onions. Then, things get interesting: You toss in aromatic ginger, garlic, star anise and soy sauce. Once the chicken is cooked, you remove it and add snow peas and bok choy to the pot, just until they wilt. Finally, you serve the soup with the chicken (which you've cut into bite-size pieces) and cooked egg noodles for a unique and delicious meal that's nutritious, too.

Get the recipe: Fragrant Spiced-Chicken