This crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe is an incredible meal to make for busy weeknights or whenever you crave something warm and inviting on a cold winter day.
Soup is one of our favorite dinners to enjoy as a family. There’s just something about a big bowl of soup that’s so comforting and calming after a long day.
I love making this Enchilada Soup or a big pot of Paleo Chili, but sometimes I like going back to a classic – chicken noodle soup! My favorite method to cook it is in the crockpot, let me show you how.
Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup
Whenever my kids are feeling sick (or not), this chicken noodle soup is always a hit. There is just something about a warm bowl of chicken, vegetables, and pasta in a flavorful broth that makes you instantly feel a little better.
Another great thing about this recipe is that you can add as many veggies as you like to bulk it up and boost the nutrition. The flavors you get in this soup are so much better than canned soup, and your kids are sure to notice and appreciate the difference.
Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients
This is the kind of meal you can make with basic pantry staples, leftover carrots, onions, and celery from the week, and that single pack of chicken breast in the freezer. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Chicken breasts: or thighs, whichever you choose, use boneless, skinless cuts.
- Carrots: a popular chicken soup veggie.
- Yellow onion: adds flavor and delicious aroma.
- Celery: same as the onion, adds flavor and aroma.
- Garlic: minced fresh garlic or 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder.
- Olive oil: to sauté all the veggies.
- Herbs: dried thyme, dried parsley, and bay leaf.
- Chicken stock or broth: both options work great.
- Water: or additional broth.
- Pasta: wide egg noodles, spaghetti, or fusilli work great!
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Chicken Noodle Soup Broth
Storebought broths and stocks will always be the quickest and most convenient option for countless recipes, which is why I recommend keeping them in your pantry at all times.
However, when you have the time, there is nothing like the flavor of homemade chicken broth for soups, stews, and rice dishes. I have a great recipe so you can make your broth with simple ingredients and store it for future use.
How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crockpot
This is the perfect meal to make in the middle of a busy week when you have little time to put a meal together. Just throw all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do the rest.
- Combine and cook
In a large (6 quart) crockpot, place all the ingredients except the pasta. Cook for 6 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high.
- Chop and stir
After 4 or 6 hours (depending on temperature), remove the chicken and chop it into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken back into the crockpot.
- Finishing touches
Add the pasta, turn the heat up to high, cover, and cook until the pasta is tender.
- Dish up
Discard the bay leaf, and ladle the soup into bowls. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
You can also watch how simple it is to make in this video:
Should Noodles Be cooked Before Adding to Soup?
Pasta should be added to the soup in the final 10-12 minutes of cooking, whether you are making it on the stove-top or in the slow cooker. This way, it can cook in the broth and seasonings and fully soak up all those delicious flavors.
Can you use Rotisserie Chicken for Soup?
Yes! A rotisserie chicken is a fantastic starting point for making an incredible soup and cuts down on cooking time. All you have to do is shred the meat and stir it into the broth and veggies.
If you have leftover baked chicken from a previous meal, that works great for recipes like this as well.
How to Pack Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup for Lunch
Chicken Noodle Soup always tastes better the second day which makes it the perfect thermos lunch! Packing it in the lunch bag is easy, and this post covers all the necessary steps to make sure your food stays hot in a thermos.
Easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts or thighs, boneless, skinless
- 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 ½ teaspoons dried)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock/broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups uncooked pasta, wide egg noodles, spaghetti, or fusilli
- In a large (6 quart) crockpot, place all the ingredients except the pasta. Cook for 6 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high.
- After 4 or 6 hours (depending on temperature), remove the chicken and chop to bite-size pieces. Place the chicken back in the crockpot.
- Add in the pasta, turn the heat up to high, cover, and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until pasta is tender.
- Discard the bay leaf, and serve the soup immediately.