The best easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe. This Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle soup is quick to make, cozy and delicious! Add your ingredients in to your slow cooker and let your crockpot cook dinner for you!
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The best Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
With only 10 minutes of prep time, our cozy chicken noodle soup is the perfect recipe when you are sick or just need a comforting meal that reminds you of home!
This recipe prioritizes simplicity without compromising on flavor, guiding you through a step-by-step process that transforms basic ingredients into a pot of pure comfort.
If you’re feeling sick – it’s a must make (you should also probably check out one of these cold remedies).
Why we love this Crock Pot Chicken Soup
What’s not to love about classic chicken noodle soup?! This easy recipe is one of our favorites for so many reasons.
- Cozy & Comforting – This soup is the ultimate comfort food. Big pieces of carrots, lots of egg noodles, veggies and yummy broth – it’s delicious!
- Made in one pot- This soup is made entirely in your crockpot which means super easy clean up!
- Lean protein – I use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe, which are lean and high in protein!
- Veggie loaded– I load this soup up with a ton of zucchini, carrots, and onions. The more veggies the better in my opinion!
Chicken Noodle Soup Crock Pot ingredients
To make this recipe you’ll need:
- celery, onion, carrots, garlic
- boneless skinless chicken breasts
- salt, pepper
- fresh rosemary, dried thyme, red pepper flakes, bay leaves
- chicken broth
- egg noodles
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
Raw Chicken vs Rotisserie Chicken in Crockpot Chicken Soup
You can make slow cooker chicken soup with raw chicken or rotisserie chicken. If you are using a cooked rotisserie chicken you can cut your cook time in half.
There is no major difference between flavor of raw chicken or rotisserie chicken in this soup. Use whatever you have! The only difference is the cook time.
You could also try our Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup!
Can I use frozen chicken for Crock Pot Chicken Soup?
If chicken breasts aren’t properly thawed before cooking you run the risk of a food safety issue. The chicken could cook on the outside and be completely raw on the inside.
Crockpot Chicken Soup Substitutions
Rosemary – You can omit rosemary if you don’t like it. If you don’t have fresh rosemary you can sub with 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
Chicken– You can use boneless chicken thighs or tenders in this recipe if you prefer, but I like it better with chicken breasts.
Extra veggies – You could add chopped zucchini, kale, crushed tomatoes or spinach to this recipe too!
Best Type of Pasta: We have only tried this recipe with egg noodles. You could use Gluten Free Egg Noodles but I recommend cooking them separately.
I wouldn’t recommend substituting smaller pastas like pastina because I think they would over cook in the crockpot, but I think elbows, fusili, or rotini would all work. I haven’t tried making this with gluten free pasta but I would worry that it could easily turn very mushy. I’d boil your gluten free noodles on the side instead of cooking it all in one pot.
How to make Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Making this soup is SO easy! Here’s how to do it:
- In your crockpot combine all ingredients except for egg noodles. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat, remove your chicken, shred them using forks, and add the shredded chicken back to the pot.
- Turn your crockpot to high and add in your egg noodles. You can also boil them separately on the stove if you’d prefer.
- After 15-20 minutes your egg noodles should be perfectly cooked and your soup will be ready to enjoy!
How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup ahead of time
If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, I recommend cooking the noodles separately. The noodles will continue to cook after the soup is finished cooking and absorb the chicken broth.
Cook the soup completely, boil your pasta separately and then when you’re ready to eat either stir the cooked noodles into the soup, or simply scoop into your bowl and top with soup as you serve
If you want to prep some of this chicken noodle soup ahead of time you can cut all the vegetables and chicken so you just need to cook it.
The best part about this… it all cooks in one pot so it’s super easy clean up!
Chicken Noodle Soup Crock Pot variations
Can you make this Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipe in the Instant Pot?
You can cook the soup at 14 minutes, high pressure, sealing. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes and quick release the remaining pressure. Once pressure is released remove the chicken, shred and add back to the pot.
Cook your noodles on the side and enjoy.
What can I add to my crock pot chicken soup to give it flavor?
I doubt you’ll need it with this recipe, but if you tried another recipe and it turned out to be too bland, try adding these things to give it more flavor:
- parmesan cheese rind: a parmesan cheese rind is an awesome way to add flavor to soups/stews. You can get them at most grocery stores in the cheese department. I store them in the freezer and add to soups like you would a bay leaf. Add as the soup cooks and then discard when ready to eat
- fresh herbs: fresh herbs like basil, parsley or rosemary are all delicious in soup
Serving Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
This crockpot chicken noodle soup is a complete meal in itself. If you’re looking for something to serve it with you can serve it with:
- a slice of bread
- A sandwich – maybe our Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad on whole grain bread
- a salad – our favorite is this Spinach Strawberry Salad
Storing Crockpot Chicken Soup
If you plan to store/meal prep this recipe COOK YOUR NOODLES SEPARATELY. I know we all love a one pot meal, but the noodles will get soggy if left in the soup for extended periods of time.
How can I store my chicken and noodles crockpot recipe?
For storing: This soup keeps for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The noodles will absorb some of the chicken broth. To avoid this, cook your noodles separately, or add more chicken broth to your soup.
Freezing this soup: This soup freezes very well! I do not recommend freezing or refrigerating it with the pasta as it will get mushy. Freeze in airtight containers and store for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost the night before in the refrigerator. You can also heat in the microwave or on the stove directly from frozen.
Can slow cooker chicken noodle soup be frozen? For how long?
This soup freezes very well! If you plan to freeze it, I would recommend cooking your pasta separately.
You can freeze in airtight containers and store for up to 3 months. We like these containers for freezing.
Check out our tips on freezing chicken soup.
How to reheat Crockpot Chicken Soup
When you’re ready to eat, defrost the night before in the refrigerator.
You can also heat in the microwave or on the stove directly from frozen.
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup FAQs
You can make this crock pot chicken soup recipe overnight, but we don’t recommend it. This soup only needs 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. If you are going to make it overnight, wait until you are awake to add your noodles because they cook quickly
Yes you can make this soup with rotisserie chicken! Simply take off all the meat from the chicken, chop it and add it to your soup. You can cut the cook time in half. Save your chicken carcass and make bone broth!
Yes you can put raw chicken in chicken soup. As long as you are boiling the soup until the chicken is cooked thoroughly it is completely fine to add raw chicken to soup. The chicken should cook for about 15 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165.
Chicken soup shouldn’t stay in the crockpot past 8 hours. After 8 hours the chicken might start to get too tender and the veggies will start get mushy. If you add pasta to soup it should be removed from the heat after 10-15 minutes to avoid it getting overcooked.
Yes you can put uncooked noodles in chicken soup. Add them at the very end when your chicken soup is finishing cooking. It should only take 10-15 minutes for the pasta to cook.
You can boil noodles separately for soup. It’s best for storing soup to boil the noodles separately so that they don’t get overcooked/absorb the chicken broth.
You don’t have to add water to chicken noodle soup, but you do need to add liquid of some sort. You can use water or chicken broth for more flavor
The herbs and veggies in this recipe will give it the most flavor! You can also add a parmesan rind if you would like.
You can, but you don’t have to rinse them.
If your noodles turn mushy, you likely added them too early. We like to store the noodles and soup separately and mix them together in the serving bowls.
They likely were sitting in the broth too long or were added to the soup too early. We like to store the noodles and soup separately and mix them together in the serving bowls.
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Chicken Noodle Soup Crock Pot Recipe
- 1 cup celery chopped finely
- 1 cup onion chopped finely
- 1.5 cups carrots sliced in small circles
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 4 bay leaves
- 8 cups chicken broth low or no sodium
- 3.5 cups egg noodles (8oz)
- In your crockpot combine all ingredients except for egg noodles.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat, remove your chicken breasts, shred them using forks, and add the shredded chicken back to the pot.
- Turn your crockpot to high and add in your noodles. You can also boil them separately on the stove if you’d prefer.
- After 15-20 minutes your noodles should be perfectly cooked and your soup will be ready to enjoy!
- Pro Tip: To avoid soggy pasta/noodles, cook your pasta separately: Add cooked pasta to a bowl. Serve soup on top of the pasta. This prevents the pasta/noodles from absorbing chicken broth and turning mushy
- Chop all vegetables (I prefer to put mine in the food processor!) In a large pot, heat olive oil in the pan and sauté celery, onion + garlic until fragrant and softened (about 5-10 minutes)
- Once cooked, stir in carrots and spices (including bay leaves).
- Add cooked chicken and broth. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer over low-medium heat for 25 minutes to an hour.
- Cooking Pasta Separately: While the soup cooks, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta per the directions.
- Cooking Pasta in the Soup: You can also cook the noodles right in the soup, but we don’t recommend this because they can get soggy. If cooking in the soup, once the soup has cooked for 25 minutes, return to a boil, add noodles, and cook per the directions on the package.
- Remove bay leaves from the chicken broth and discard.
- Add cooked pasta to the pot. Stir to combine and enjoy!
- Pro Tip: To avoid soggy pasta/noodles: Add cooked pasta to a bowl. Serve soup on top of the pasta. This prevents the pasta/noodles from absorbing chicken broth and turning mushy
Instant Pot Instructions
- We don't recommend making this in the instant pot.
- Chop all vegetables. Set instant pot to Sauté mode for 10 minutes
- Heat olive oil in the pan and sauté celery, onion + garlic until fragrant and softened.
- Once cooked, stir in carrots and spices.
- Add cooked chicken and broth. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing, ‘Soup’ OR Pressure Cook for 9 minutes.
- Allow the soup to come to pressure and cook. It should take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, but can take longer if your broth is cold.
- While the soup cooks, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta per the directions.
- Once the soup has cooked, quick release the pressure valve.
- Remove bay leaves from the chicken broth and discard.
- Add cooked pasta to the pot. Stir to combine and enjoy!
- Pro Tip: To avoid soggy pasta/noodles: Add cooked pasta to a bowl. Serve soup on top of the pasta. This prevents the pasta/noodles from absorbing chicken broth and turning mushy.