Is there anything more heartwarming than a steaming bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day? I don’t think so! If you’re looking for a comfort food classic, look now further than Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup!
Chicken Noodle Soup is like a cozy blanket for your taste buds, warming you from the inside out. Tender chicken, vibrant vegetables, and slurp-worthy noodles come together to make everyone feel good, especially on a chilly day or even a rainy day!
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
There’s just something about using our Crockpot to make warm and hearty meals once the weather starts to cool down. I grew up in Colorado and I can remember cold and snowy evenings where we sat down to a tasty meal from the slow cooker.
Even though I live in Texas now, we still have some chilly nights. When we’ve been out running around and come home to peel off our coats, it’s so nice to have something like Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup to enjoy together.
Even my picky eaters enjoy it!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Whether you’re feeling under the weather, in need of some comfort, or just craving a hearty meal, this slow cooker chicken noodle soup has got your back. It’s the ultimate comfort food, nourishing both your body and soul.
- So darn easy to make! The slow cooker does most of the work for you. It fits perfectly into a busy lifestyle.
- Comfort food alert! There’s something incredibly comforting about a bowl of chicken noodle soup. It warms you up from the inside out. The tender chicken, flavorful broth, and hearty noodles create a comforting and satisfying meal that’s perfect for chilly days or when you need a pick-me-up.
- Extremely versatile recipe. The great thing about a basic soup recipe is that you can tweak it to make it your own! Want more veggies? Go ahead and load it up! Craving a bit of spice? Add some red pepper flakes. The possibilities are endless, allowing you to make the soup uniquely yours. But the basic recipe is also absolutely delicious.
- Leftovers are the best. This soup gets even more flavorful the next day as the flavors meld together. Enjoy the leftovers for lunch or dinner. Pair it with crackers or bread and you won’t be disappointed!
To make this recipe you’ll need:
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- chicken broth
- Cream of Chicken soup
- Egg Noodles.
You can find the full measurements in the recipe card below.
You can add chopped vegetables in if you’d like but we keep it pretty simple here to appeal to our picky eater. So we still to the basic chicken noodle soup.
If you do want to add vegetables, I recommend carrots, celery, and onion. In the past, I’ve diced up a small onion, two or three carrots, and a few stalks of celery. It turns it into a nice adult chicken noodle soup!
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
There are two ways to make this easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup depending on the amount of time you have available. You can start with raw chicken breasts or you can use Crockpot Shredded Chicken.
When I use our Crockpot Shredded Chicken recipe, I usually make extra for additional recipes so sometimes I’ll just break some of it out of the freezer and use it to make this slow cooker chicken soup. It reduces the cook time you’ll need.
If you check the recipe, I’ll talk about that shortcut!
But if you’re working with raw chicken breasts, it’s still super simple to make a delicious batch of Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup. Your first steps will basically get you shredded chicken that’s full of flavor from what will also end up being the broth for your soup!
Chicken Soup Flavors & Seasonings
When it comes to creating a truly memorable slow cooker chicken noodle soup, flavor is key. While the classic combination of chicken, vegetables, and noodles is undeniably delicious and perfect for families with kids, it’s so easy to bump up the flavor! Try one of these ideas next time you make your chicken noodle soup.
- Herbs – If you want infuse extra flavor into your soup, think about adding some bay leaves, thyme sprigs, or even a handful of fresh parsley.
- Spices – If you like a bit of spice, add a pinch of ground black pepper, a sprinkle of paprika, or a dash of turmeric for a subtle kick. You can go with a hint of cayenne pepper for some heat. Just remember to start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste preferences so you don’t go overboard!
- Garlic & Onions – This is a tried and true duo to when you’re looking to pack in the flavor. Adding minced garlic or sautéed onions to your soup can bring depth and richness. The aroma alone will make your kitchen smell absolutely heavenly. Whenever I’m cooking up onions and garlic, my family is always interested in what’s going on in the kitchen! Sauté them in a little olive oil before adding them to the slow cooker for that extra burst of flavor.
- Salt & Pepper – Don’t underestimate the power of simple seasoning. You can get fancy but the basics can get the job done well. A generous pinch of salt helps to bring out the flavors of all the ingredients, while freshly ground black pepper adds a subtle hint of warmth. But be sure to check on the saltiness of your chicken broth and adjust accordingly so you don’t end up with too much!
- Seasoning Blends – If you’re short on time or want to add extra flavor the easy way, try premade seasoning blends. There are so many different options available that you can quickly add to the soup’s flavor. These blends are developed to complement various dishes and they work great for chicken noodle soup (and other soups!)
Frequently Asked Questions & Recipe Tips
Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker for chicken noodle soup?
You can put raw chicken in the slow cooker for chicken noodle soup. Just make sure to cook the chicken thoroughly until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. You’ll also want to use forks to shred your chicken once it’s completely cooked.
How long do you cook chicken in a crockpot for soup?
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts usually take about 4 to 6 hours on low heat or 2 to 3 hours on high heat. If you opt to use other chicken like chicken thighs, you may need to add additional cooking time. Cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces too.
The most important thing is to make sure you get the chicken completely cooked.
If you want to save time, you can also use pre-cooked shredded chicken or use some that you prepared before.
Can you put uncooked noodles in a crockpot soup?
You can put uncooked noodles in a crockpot soup. Just don’t add them too early because they can get mushy. I usually add my noodles with about 30 minutes left of cooking time.
How do you thicken chicken noodle soup in a crockpot?
If you want to thicken your soup, you have a few options:
- You can remove some of the cooked vegetables and chicken from the soup, blend them until smooth, and then add the mixture back into the pot to thicken the soup.
- You can mix a mixture of cornstarch or flour with water and stir it into the soup, allowing it to cook for a few more minutes until it thickens.
Can I cook frozen chicken in a crockpot for soup?
You can cook frozen chicken in a crockpot for soup but it’s really important to make sure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F so that it’s safe to eat. Your cooking time will probably be longer when starting with frozen chicken versus thawed chicken.
How long does chicken noodle soup last in a Crockpot?
You can keep the soup warm in the slow cooker for two hours on the warm setting.
After a few hours, you will want to go ahead and refrigerate your leftovers.
How do I store leftovers?
Store your leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can store the soup for 3-4 days.
Can I leave chicken in a crockpot overnight to make soup?
I don’t recommend leaving chicken in the slow cooker overnight. To avoid risking your food safety, it is best to cook the chicken and rest of the ingredients within a shorter time frame.
Can you overcook chicken in a slow cooker?
You can definitely overcook chicken in the slow cooker. If you cook it for too long, it can lose flavor and dry out. Check the internal temperature to ensure it’s cooked to perfection without being overcooked!
Can I use chicken stock instead of chicken broth?
Chicken broth and chicken stock are very similar and you can often use them interchangeably in recipes. They do the same job in the recipe — add flavor and moisture. In terms of flavor, they are a bit different. Chicken broth is usually a bit lighter when it comes to flavor while chicken stock is usually richer and has a more gelatinous texture.
Can I make crockpot chicken noodle soup without vegetables?
You definitely can. My recipe doesn’t call for vegetables because my kids freak out if the soup has vegetables. Traditional chicken soup does have delicious vegetables, but you can still get a soup packed with flavor without them.
More Slow Cooker Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour both cans of Cream of Chicken soup over chicken.
- Season with Seasoned Salt and dried parsley, as desired
- Slice butter and place pats of butter on top of the soup.
- Add chicken broth. Cook on HIGH for 3.5 - 4 hours (or LOW for 5-6 hours).
- Once the chicken is completely cooked, remove it from the liquid and use two forks to shred. Then add it back to the Crockpot.
- Add egg noodles and stir.
- Cook on HIGH for 30-45 minutes or until noodles are desired consistency.