Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup for Two

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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from 101 Cooking For Two
An ultra simple slow cooker recipe for chicken noodle soup. Sized just right for a small crock pot. Bring on the cold season, I’m ready now.

I have a new “for two” toy, a Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I have not really suffered in the slow cooker area, I have an excellent All Clad (6 1/2 qt) and a round 6 qt. West Bend. These are great for general cooking and most recipes are fine in them but they are a bit big for “cooking for two”.  I want to be able to test smaller recipes and not eat left-overs for days. I initially was going to just buy the $20 el-cheapo but after reading Amazon and other reviews there appeared to be a signification difference with location of the heating element and control. Since it will last for years, a few dollars more is worth it.

I wanted simple, really simple. No precooking things and no taking the chicken out of the pot to cut it up. I again read multiple recipes but I ultimately used my wife’s recipe and converter to a crock pot.

Rating

A very nice chicken soup.

Notes: The recipe as stated in very good. I like a lot of meat and veggies in my soup. If you want more of a soup with lots of broth, add another 14 oz can of chicken broth. Most of you will want the extra broth. If you want a lot of noodles, add the can of broth plus 1/2 cup more of noodles. Don’t add the extra noodles without the broth or you wont have any broth left.

You can cook in a larger crock pot and you could double the size if using the larger crock pot. I only cooked this on low. Most crock pot recipes cut the time in half if cooked on high. I’m not convinced that would work here. The veggies took the whole 4 hours and I don’t know the effect on the timing of the noodles. If you try it, please comment the results.

This is a 4 serving recipe. You can cut in half easily but really you want a few left overs don’t you…

Peal and cut two carrots into medallions, a medium onion chopped and slice two stalks of celery.

Trim and cut 2 skinless boneless chicken breast into cubes.

Add the chicken and veggies to a small slow cooker (3 1/2 qt.).  Add 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper. 32 oz of chicken broth or stock. And one bay leaf. Add 1 – 14 oz can more broth if you want a lot of liquid in your soup. Most of you will want this extra broth.

Cook on low for 4 hours. After the first 3 hours, add 1 1/2 cups of dry noodles and let cook the final hour. If you like a lot of noodles add another 1/2 cup of noodles BUT do not do this without adding the more broth from previous instruction.

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup for Two from 101 Cooking For Two
Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup for Two
 
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An ultra simple chicken noodle soup cut down for a small slow cooker. Bring on the cold season, I’m ready now.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts trimmed and cut into about ½ inch cubes skinless boneless chicken breast trimmed
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1½ cup dry noodles
Instructions
  1. This is a 4 serving recipe. You can cut in half easily but really you want a few left overs don’t you… 2
  2. Peal and cut two carrots into medallions, a medium onion chopped and slice two stalks of celery.
  3. Trim and cut 2 skinless boneless chicken breast into cubes.
  4. Add the chicken and veggies to a small slow cooker (3½ qt.). Add ½ tsp of salt and pepper. 32 oz of chicken broth or stock. And one bay leaf. Add 1 – 14 oz can more broth if you want a lot of liquid in your soup. Most of you will want this extra broth
  5. Cook on low for 4 hours. After the first 3 hours, add 1½ cups of dry noodles and let cook the final hour. If you like a lot of noodles add another ½ cup of noodles BUT do not do this without adding the additional broth from previous instruction.

Updated
December 6 2013

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for pointing out a problem. The cause was a change in blogger and effected not only this post but the last 30 or so. I have hand coded the fix and it should work for all (I hope). I believe it was working for many before but not all.

    Thanks again. DrDan
    PS anyone having an issue PLEASE LET ME KNOW

  2. says

    I have two sized slow cookers too and almost always use the smaller of the two. I like the ability to program, excellent! Ours are just a plain 3 position switch.

  3. says

    It probably doesn’t matter, because you’re dumping it all in the same crock pot, but you really should chop vegetables prior to cutting chicken if using the same cutting board. Again, doesn’t really matter for this recipe, but it’s just good practice.

    If you like shredded chicken chunks in your soup, leave the breasts whole, pull them out prior to adding noodles, shred with two forks, and dump back into the soup. I prefer this because it takes less work to prep, which means my husband can put the soup together, and I can finish it. :-)

  4. says

    Good points. Food safety ALWAYS matters. You are correct that you should cut the veggies before the chicken if using the same equipment. I did do it correct (you can see the water marks progress), I published it backward and have fixed it. Thanks.

    I do have several post on food safety, Check the July 4th post…

    As for chunky vs shredded, I’m a chunky in my soup type of guy. And you husband can shred the chicken and make the whole meal for you. Real men cook….

    • Amanda says

      This did not work in a big crock pot. The vegetables were crunchy. Wasted about 20.00 in food.

    • says

      Sorry it didn’t work for you. The veggies do need to be cut up quit a bit. Also your crock pot may run a little cooler. I have done this about 5 times and had no issues. The “point of no return” on this recipe is adding the noodles. Before adding them, a tenderness test on the carrots may be a reasonable idea. If not very close to done then add a little time before the noodles go in.

      DrDan

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