Classic chicken noodle soup made crock pot simple. Great homemade taste with these easy to step by step photo instructions. Bring on the cold weather; I'm ready now.
Editor's Note: Originally published October 20, 2012. I have re-edited the photos and text. Please enjoy this classic recipe.
I love simple, really simple. This recipe is right up my alley. 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 converted to a crock pot. The original source is the 1972 Betty Crocker Cookbook.
This is the fifth soup in my “Week of Soups.” Another classic soup.
Pre-Week of Soup Recipes
Week of Soups Recipes
A very nice chicken soup. But since it is just chicken soup, it can only be a 4.
Pro Tips: Recipe Notes for Chicken Noodle Soup:
Crock Pot Notes
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You can cook this recipe 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 on the results.
What Chicken to Use?
I tend to use skinless boneless chicken breasts for everything. But boneless chicken thighs would work great here.
I also do cubed chicken here. But if you want shredded chicken, put the whole breasts in the crock pot (not frozen) and at the 3-hour mark when adding the noodles, remove the chicken, shred and place back into the crock pot.
The recipe as stated in very good. I like a lot of meat and veggies in my soup.
If you want more of 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 won't have any broth left.
Other "Comfort Food" Soups
This is a four serving recipe. You can cut in half easily, but you want a few leftovers.
Peel and cut two carrots into medallions, a medium onion chopped and slice two stalks of celery.
Trim and cut two 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. Add one bay leaf. Add 1 - 14 oz can more of 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 the previous instruction.
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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts - 1 to 1 1/2 pounds and may use thighs
- 32-48 oz chicken broth - see recpe notes
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 onion - medium
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1/2 cup dry noodles - see recipe notes
- This is a four serving recipe. You can cut in half easily, but you want a few leftovers don’t you.
- Peel and cut two carrots into medallions, a medium onion chopped and slice two stalks of celery.
- Trim and cut two 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. Add one bay leaf. 32-48 oz of chicken broth or stock. 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.
- You may use skinless boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts. You will want 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of either.
- If you want shredded chicken, add it not cut up and remove to shred at the three-hour mark and add it back in with the noodles.
- We like chicken noodle soup with lots of "stuff." The recipe as written is great. Most of you will want 48 oz of broth in this recipe.
- Second, if you are a big noodle person, you can add another 1/2 cup of noodles BUT do not do this without adding the additional broth, or it will absorb most the broth.
- This fits nicely in a 3 1/2 qt crock pot. You may use a bigger pot.
ADJUST THE RECIPE SIZE:You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
Nutrition is generally for one serving. Number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of normal serving size for this recipe.
All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.
Originally published October 20, 2012.