Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is easy to make in the crockpot and it fills you right up! Feed the whole family or enjoy leftovers all week.

Nothing warms you up or nurses you back to health like a warm bowl of homestyle chicken noodle soup!

Simply add a couple of boneless breasts to the bottom and cover with fresh veggies, seasonings, and broth. Then, shred the meat and stir in the noodles during the last half hour and you’re done!

If you don’t want to make chicken noodle in the crock pot, I have an easy stovetop version for you instead. Or, swap the pasta for pillowy gnocchi and fresh baby spinach.

Want something a little heartier? You’ll find plenty of options in this roundup of my best soups and stews for the colder months!

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup in a ladle over a bowl

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup - Tips and Tricks

  • Swap out the pasta. Use any variety you prefer, but keep in mind that thinner and flatter noodles will cook much faster. It’s important to stay close to your slow cooker once you add in the pasta so it doesn’t overcook and turn to mush.
  • Add extra veggies. Stir in frozen peas, green beans, or corn with the egg noodles if you would like. With the extra ingredients, you may need to increase the amount of broth in this crock pot soup.
  • Tip for easy shredding: Toss the cooked chicken into a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Run it on low for a few minutes for quick and effortless shredded meat!
  • Don’t have broth available? Use bullion or a base to make a substitute instead. This is the brand I prefer because it tastes great and has a long refrigerator shelf life.
chicken noodle soup ingredients

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Slow Cooker - Great for soups, roasts, meal prep, and more! I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also wonderful in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I use thighs instead of breast meat?

You can use any type of chicken you would like! Dark meat such as thighs or drumsticks are just as delicious. Just be sure to remove any bones before serving the crock pot soup.

homestyle chicken noodle soup in slow cooker

How long does it take chicken noodle in the crock pot to cook on Low?

It will take about 6 hours, or double the amount of time when preparing it on High.

This is a great option if you have a busy day or need to work. Just toss everything in that morning, then shred the meat and add the pasta when it’s close to dinner time.

crock pot soup chicken veggies and noodles

Can I freeze Slow Cooker chicken noodle soup?

Yes, but I recommend leaving out the noodles if you do. They will turn to mush when thawed and reheated, so it’s best to prepare them fresh and stir them in when you’re ready to eat.

Allow the soup to cool, then transfer it to freezer-safe containers. Leave at least ½ -inch of space at the top for the liquid to expand. I also usually add a layer of plastic wrap before sealing to help prevent freezer burn.

It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove.

chicken noodle in crock pot


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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup serving into a bowl

Yield: 8
Author: Donna Elick
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup (Slow Cooker)

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is easy to make in the crockpot and it fills you right up! Feed the whole family or enjoy leftovers all week.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 3 H & 30 MTotal time: 3 H & 45 M


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary, peeled from the stem
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, peeled from the stem
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • Wide egg noodles
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Sprinkle pepper over chicken breasts and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add celery, onions, carrots, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, and chicken broth.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
  4. Remove chicken breasts from the soup and shred meat (or cut into chunks).
  5. Return the chicken to the soup and add egg noodles. Continue cooking 20-30 minutes longer or until noodles are cooked to desired doneness. Do not overcook egg noodles or they will fall apart and turn to mush.
  6. Serve, garnished with fresh parsley, if desired.
  1. Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  2. Use any type of noodle that you’d like - thinner and flatter noodles will cook more quickly. It’s really important to monitor the noodles cooking so that they don’t overcook. You could also cook the noodles on the stovetop separately and store in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator while the soup is cooking. Then, just mix them into the soup when serving.
  3. You can use any type of chicken for this soup also. Dark meat like thighs or drumsticks will work great. You can use bone-in meat, but be sure you remove the chicken and take it apart from the bones before it cooks so long that it starts falling off the bone as then you might end up with bones in your soup.
  4. Use bouillon to make the broth if you don’t have broth available.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup closeup

Originally published November 2021

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