I used a ladle and removed the broth mixture from the slow cooker. You can pour it out if it is easier for you. I then put all the chicken back into the slow cooker and added the fresh ground pepper. I didn’t measure this – I just do it by sight and mix it around and felt good with the amount I had. I did take a little bite and it was delicious and not too hot from the pepper – just a enough to get a bit of a boost from. If you want to add any other spices, feel free to do so. Or add some salt at the beginning – I don’t normally as I don’t do a lot with salt and some of that depends on which broth I’m using. In this recipe I did not add extra salt at the beginning or end.