This Easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup is a simple way to make your fave comfort food from scratch. The chicken is so juicy and tender!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Olive oil – or another neutral cooking oil such as canola or avocado oil.
- Chicken breasts – boneless skinless chicken thighs would also work.
- Yellow onion – white onion or shallots can be used instead.
- Carrots – if you don’t have any carrot, double up on the celery.
- Celery – see substitution notes above.
- Garlic – freshly minced garlic has the best flavour but jarred minced garlic will work in a pinch.
- Fresh thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley – use 1 tbsp. dried Italian seasoning instead if you don’t have any fresh herbs on hand.
- Salt & pepper – to taste.
- Chicken broth – vegetable broth is the best substitute here.
- Frozen corn – or another frozen veggie of your choice. You can even use a frozen blend of a variety of vegetables.
- Frozen peas – see substitution notes above.
- Rotini pasta – feel free to swap out for another kind of pasta like egg noodles or whole wheat noodles. You’ll need to adjust the cooking time based on the type of noodles you use.
How to make chicken noodle soup in the crockpot
Step 1: Prep your ingredients.
Assemble all your ingredients and chop up the veggies.
Step 2: Cook everything in the crockpot.
Add everything except for pasta to slow cooker, adding only half the herbs if using fresh. Otherwise, add the whole amount of dried Italian seasoning. Cook on high 4 hours or on low 8 hours.
Step 3: Stir in the pasta.
Stir in pasta in the remaining half hour of cook time if cooking on high, or remaining hour of cook time if cooking on low.
Step 4: Shred the chicken.
Remove chicken and shred it once cook time is complete, then add it back to the pot of soup.
Step 5: Add the herbs.
Add remaining half of fresh herbs, stirring well.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy!
What to serve with chicken noodle soup
Chicken noodle soup isn’t just for sick days! This soup is great for a comforting meal or a yummy lunch and is full of protein, vegetables and grains.
If you’re looking for ideas on what to serve with this crockpot chicken noodle soup, here are some options:
- Homemade bread
- Vegetable panini
- Mashed potatoes
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- Green salad
- Grilled vegetables
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes you can! One of the best parts of this chicken noodle soup crock pot recipe is that everything but the pasta cooks in one pot, so you can just set it and forget it. The chicken breasts will cook all day in the broth and you can shred them just before you are ready to serve the soup.
For chicken noodle soup, you want to choose a noodle that is a little larger and has a shape that encourages all the small pieces of meat and veggies to get stuck inside it. Rotini is perfect for this. German style egg noodles do the same. Plus, with their high egg-to-wheat ratio, egg noodles will soak up the broth – egg noodles take about half the time as regular pasta to cook though, so that is something to keep in mind if adding those instead. 15 minutes in the crockpot will be enough time to cook them. Try other kinds of noodles or even whole wheat noodles for a different taste or texture. Whole wheat noodles should be added 40 minutes before the end of cook time.
For this crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe, you’ll want to add the uncooked noodles into the pot in the last 30 minutes of cooking time. This will ensure that the noodles don’t get overcooked and mushy, which nobody wants.
This crockpot chicken noodle soup is definitely healthy, and way healthier than the chicken noodle soup you’d get out of a can or a packet. Since it’s made with whole ingredients, you don’t have to worry about any preservatives or a crazy amount of sodium.
If you want your crock pot chicken noodle soup to have even more flavour, consider using homemade chicken stock. All the collagen and minerals from the bones ends up in the rich and flavourful broth. You’ll want to make the broth before you make the soup by simmering the chicken carcass, seasonings and any vegetables for a few hours. Strain the broth then add it to your soup following the recipe card instructions.
Storing and reheating
This crock pot chicken noodle soup is great for meal prep and will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can store individual serving sizes for your lunches throughout the week or store the whole soup in a big container. When you’re ready to enjoy your soup, reheat it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or bring it to a simmer in a pot on the stovetop.
Freezing this recipe
You can freeze chicken noodle soup, but you’ll want to leave out the noodles. They’ll get mushy and lose their texture in the freezer. You can store this chicken noodle soup crock pot recipe without the noodles in airtight containers or freezer-safe Ziploc bags for up to 6 months.
Reheat the soup from frozen in the microwave for 6 to 7 minutes or thaw it in the fridge overnight then reheat it on the stovetop. Stir the cooked noodles into your reheated soup and enjoy!
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Easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley or substitute 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning instead
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 cups dry rotini pasta
- Add everything except for pasta to slow cooker, and adding only half the herbs if using fresh. Otherwise, add the whole amount of dried Italian seasoning. Cook on high 4 hours or on low 8 hours. Stir in pasta in the remaining half hour of cook time if cooking on high, or remaining hour of cook time if cooking on low.
- Remove chicken and shred it once cook time is complete, then add it back to the pot of soup. Add remaining half of fresh herbs, stirring well. Serve and enjoy!