Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
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This Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe makes it so easy to make homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch. It’s comforting, healthy and perfect for a cold day!
Chicken noodle soup is one of the best comfort foods, especially when you have a cold or just aren’t feeling well. With this simple crockpot soup recipe, making chicken noodle soup from scratch has never been easier!
I love to take classic recipes, such as chicken noodle soup, and make them easier and faster to prep. I’ll often use my slow cooker or pressure cooker to help me cook wholesome meals with less effort. See my slow cooker beef stew recipe, crockpot pot roast, these slow cooker chicken recipes and these instant pot recipes for more tasty ideas. These kitchen tools can help you to prepare meals ahead of time and get quick dinners on your table.
This chicken noodle soup is a dump and go recipe, meaning you can put all of the ingredients in your crockpot without doing any cooking ahead of time. You’ll save time in the evening because most of the dinner prep work will already be done. I love making crockpot soups on chilly days. This crockpot taco soup is another great recipe to have in your back pocket when you need an easy make ahead meal.
If you’re looking for a quick chicken noodle soup recipe that you can prepare after work, my Instant Pot chicken noodle soup has the same homemade flavor as this slow cooker recipe and also includes stove top instructions.
How to Make Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
To make this crock pot chicken noodle soup, you will start by adding all of the ingredients, except the egg noodles, to your slow cooker. Here’s what you will need:
- Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are my preference for this recipe. You could also use boneless chicken thighs. I get my chicken from ButcherBox. You really can taste the quality of ButcherBox free range organic chicken, even in this slow cooker soup!
- Onion and Garlic: Chop the onion into small pieces. Mince the garlic, either with a knife or garlic press.
- Vegetables: I use carrots and celery in this classic chicken noodle soup recipe. You could also add potatoes or parsnips.
- Herbs: Fresh thyme or fresh rosemary are my favorites in chicken noodle soup. You can also use dried herbs if you don’t have fresh. See the cooking tips box below for more information about seasoning your soup with herbs. A bay leaf also adds flavor to the soup as it simmers. You’ll remove the bay leaf once the soup is done.
- Salt and Pepper: You’ll season the soup twice, first before it cooks in the slow cooker. It’s always a good idea to taste your soup again after it has finished cooking, and add more seasoning as needed.
- Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth: You can use either chicken stock or broth in this soup recipe. I prefer the richer flavor of stock. Try to find unsalted chicken stock or low sodium chicken broth, so that you can adjust the salt level yourself. If you have some homemade Instant Pot bone broth on hand, it makes an extra nutritious base for this soup.
- Egg Noodles: I use extra wide egg noodles, and cook them right in the slow cooker during the last 10 minutes of cook time. If you prefer, you can cook the egg noodles separately on the stove and add them to the soup. I usually choose the easier method, with less dishes.
Once you’ve added everything (except the noodles) to your crock pot, you will cover the pot and cook your soup, either on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Be sure to check that the chicken has cooked through and the vegetables have softened.
Once the soup is done, you’ll remove and shred the chicken. The chicken will be so tender that it should shred easily. You can learn more about how to shred chicken here.
The last step to making crockpot chicken noodle soup is to add the egg noodles to the crockpot. Continue cooking the soup on high for about 10 minutes, or until the noodles have softened. I always err on the side of undercooking the noodles a bit because they will continue to soften as they sit in the broth.
Serve your crockpot chicken noodle soup with some crusty bread for soaking up extra broth and a green salad for a complete meal.
How to Reheat Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup
You can keep this crockpot chicken noodle soup in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. As the soup sits, the noodles will continue to absorb some of the broth and will become very soft. I don’t mind this, but if you do, you may want to cook the egg noodles separately so that you can add them right before serving your soup.
Reheat the soup in a pot on the stove, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, you can reheat individual bowls of soup in the microwave until the soup is hot.
Cooking Tips for Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- I recommend chopping the vegetables into small bites. This soup is the best when you can get a little bit of everything on your spoon for each bite! Chopping the veggies up small also makes this healthy homemade chicken noodle soup a kid-friendly meal.
- Wait and add the uncooked egg noodles to the slow cooker after the soup has cooked. The egg noodles will only take about 10 minutes to cook in the slow cooker.
- Fresh herbs give this soup wonderful flavor without being overpowering. You’ll add whole fresh sprigs of the herbs and then remove the stems after the soup has cooked. A few of the herb leaves will fall off of the stems into the soup. I’ve made this chicken noodle soup with fresh thyme and fresh rosemary and both are delicious.
- If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs. Try rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, or a combination of your favorites. Use between 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried herbs total.
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped, about 2 cups
- 3 ribs celery, chopped, about 2 cups
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, or 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (see note)
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups chicken stock, or low sodium chicken broth
- 7 ounces egg noodles, about 3 cups
- fresh parsley, optional, for serving
- Put chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper and chicken stock or broth.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, until the chicken is cooked through (the center of the chicken should register at least 165° F on an instant read thermometer) and the vegetables are tender.
- Remove the bay leaf and thyme stems and discard. Many of the thyme leaves will have fallen off into the soup.
- Remove the chicken to a clean bowl or cutting board. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then shred it into small pieces. Return the chicken to the soup.
- Meanwhile, if the slow cooker is not on high, set it to the high setting. Stir in the egg noodles. Cover and cook on high for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
- Taste the soup and add additional salt and pepper as needed, to taste. Serve, with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
- If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs in this recipe. Try rosemary, thyme and/or sage, or a combination of your favorites. Use about 1 teaspoon of dried herbs total, and limit dried sage to no more than 1/4 teaspoon.
- To Refrigerate: Store crockpot chicken noodle soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. As the soup sits, the noodles will continue to absorb some of the broth and will become very soft. I don’t mind this, but if you do, you may want to cook the egg noodles separately so that you can add them right before serving your reheated soup.
- To Freeze: Chicken soup freezes well, but it’s best to freeze it without noodles. Make the soup without noodles, freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months (I like to freeze individual portion sizes), and then cook the noodles separately when you serve the thawed soup. Thaw soup overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.