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Made from scratch with simple, wholesome ingredients, this no-fuss, easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is the nourishing meal you’ve been needing! It’s healthy, delicious, and the perfect pick-me-up if you’re feeling sick.

Southern chicken noodle soup served in a bowl

Why You’ll Love This Easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

  • It’s the Ultimate Comfort Food. This healthy crockpot chicken noodle soup is not fancy or sophisticated. It’s made with classic, everyday chicken noodle soup ingredients, but every bite tastes of home, comfort, and warmth. (This Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup is another homey recipe.)
  • It’s Incredibly Nourishing. With tender pieces of protein-rich chicken, oodles of nutritious veggies, low-sodium broth, and whole wheat egg noodles, this is the best homemade crockpot chicken noodle soup! (Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is another nutritious choice.)
  • Easy and Handsfree Crockpot Recipe. This is the slow cooker adaptation of my favorite Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s a true “dump and go” crock pot recipe (like my Crockpot White Chicken Chili), meaning you essentially toss all the raw ingredients into your slow cooker without any advance prep like sautéing required.
Ingredients for slow cooker chicken vegetable soup in a crockpot

5 Star Review

“I loved it! So comforting and really easy to make!”

— Toni —

How to Make the Best Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

The Ingredients

  • Chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, which are nutritious, packed with protein, and crowd-pleasing. You can make this crockpot chicken noodle soup with chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • Carrots and Celery. Chicken noodle soup doesn’t taste complete without these two (use your leftovers to make Healthy Chicken Pot Pie or Chicken and Biscuits.)
  • Onion. Infuses the soup with delicate onion flavor and aroma.
  • Fresh Rosemary. Perfumes the stock and imparts additional flavor.
  • Whole Wheat Pasta Noodles. I made this healthy crockpot chicken noodle soup with egg noodles. To keep things wholesome, I opted for whole grain egg noodles.
  • Chicken Stock. I recommend using chicken stock instead of broth in this recipe. Stock has a slightly fuller flavor, and I even think the texture is a little richer.

Substitution Tip

While I prefer to use chicken stock for this recipe, you can swap it for low-sodium chicken broth.

The Directions

  1. Add Everything to a Slow Cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Shred the Chicken. Discard the onion and fresh herbs.
  3. Cook the Noodles. Add them to the slow cooker with the chicken. ENJOY!
The easy crockpot chicken noodle soup in a bowl with a spoon

Recipe Variations

  • Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup with Potatoes. I haven’t tried this myself, but I think incorporating some cubed potatoes would be tasty. Dice them small so they cook in the same amount of time as the chicken.
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Soup. Prefer crockpot chicken soup no noodles? Try my Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Soup instead.
  • Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. For those who prefer their chicken noodle soup a little creamier.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Place cooked and cooled chicken soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm soup gently in a medium saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until hot. You can also reheat the soup in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave until warmed through.
  • To Freeze. Store cooked and cooled soup in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

Chop the garlic, celery, and carrots up to 1 day in advance. Refrigerate until you’re ready to finish the recipe.

Crockpot chicken noodle soup with egg noodles served in a bowl

What to Serve With Chicken Noodle Soup

A bowl of healthy crockpot chicken noodle soup with fresh herbs
  • Slow Cooker. With this slow cooker, you can skip the stovetop chicken noodle soup.
  • Ladle. Perfect for serving soups and stews.
  • Instant Read Thermometer. The best way to check your chicken for doneness.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use a Whole Onion. Instead of using diced raw onion, I put in 1 whole, peeled onion that I remove at the end of the cooking time. It imparts the onion flavor but is not nearly as off-putting as when raw onion is used. It also saves you the step of sautéing the onion first.
  • Swap the Herbs. Not a rosemary fanatic? Swap a bundle of fresh thyme. You can leave out the bundle and top the final soup with chopped fresh dill, oregano, or basil.
  • Cook the Noodles Separately. While you can add uncooked noodles to a crockpot, I found the best results in cooking them separately on the stove. Noodles can’t achieve that perfect al dente bite in the slow cooker and tend to fall apart.
  • Try Bone Broth. While I love the idea of making homemade broth using bone-in chicken, I typically don’t have the time. A high-quality storebought bone broth is a great option to get the same flavor and nutritional benefits with less effort (swap it for the chicken stock).

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

4.79 from 19 votes
A simple, healthy crockpot chicken noodle soup to warm your soul! This easy slow cooker soup is made from scratch with old-fashioned flavor.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 6 servings (about 12 cups)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus additional to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion peeled and left whole
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1/4-inch coins (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 large celery stalks thinly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 3 stalks fresh rosemary* tied into a bundle for easy removal
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 7–8 cups low-sodium chicken stock divided
  • 6 ounces whole wheat wide egg noodles about 4 heaping cups

For serving:

  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • To the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker, add the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the whole onion, carrots, celery, garlic, rosemary bundle, and bay leaf. Pour 6 cups of the chicken stock over the top. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. The cooking time can vary greatly depending on your slow cooker model, so check the thickest part of the chicken for doneness early to ensure it does not overcook.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker to a large mixing bowl or plate. Fish out and discard the whole onion, bay leaf, and rosemary springs (don’t worry if a few of the rosemary leaves are left in the soup). Shred the chicken—a hand mixer, two forks, or your fingers (if the chicken is cool enough) all work well for shredding. Set the shredded chicken aside.
  • To cook the noodles on the stove (the best option so that you don’t worry about them over- or undercooking and so the noodles stay more intact): Towards the end of the soup’s cook time, cook the egg noodles until al dente according to package directions. Drain and add to the soup when the soup has finished cooking. Add back the shredded chicken. Stir and let cook on LOW for 5 minutes to absorb some of the flavor.
  • To cook noodles directly in the slow cooker (the best option if you are willing to risk less-than-perfect noodles for the sake of not washing a separate pasta pot): Add the uncooked egg noodles to the soup. Cook on LOW for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Add as much of the remaining 1 cup chicken stock as you like to reach your desired consistency. (If you cooked your noodles in the slow cooker, you may also need to add some additional stock since the noodles absorb the stock as they cook). Serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

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Notes

  • INGREDIENT NOTE: I personally love rosemary, so I find three stalks to be perfect. If you would like a more mild rosemary flavor, feel free to reduce the amount to suit your family’s personal taste preferences.
  • TO STORE: Place cooked and cooled soup in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm soup gently in a medium saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat until hot. You can also reheat the soup in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave until warmed through.
  • TO FREEZE: Store cooked and cooled soup in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6), about 2 cupsCalories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 34gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 96mgPotassium: 852mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5169IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Put Frozen Chicken in the Crock Pot?

No, you should not put frozen chicken in the crock pot. The meat could spend too long at room temperature, which may render it unsafe to eat. However, it is perfectly safe to use raw chicken in a slow cooker recipe, as long as it is thawed.

Can I Make this Recipe Using a Whole Chicken?

I haven’t played around with making slow cooker chicken noodle soup with whole chicken. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes. (You could also make this crockpot chicken noodle soup with rotisserie chicken or Air Fryer Whole Chicken by stirring the chicken in at the end.)

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes! You can make this crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe with chicken thighs if your household prefers dark meat or a mix. Use boneless, skinless thighs. You may need to add 30 minutes or so to the cook time.

Why Did My Egg Noodles Turn to Mush in the Crockpot?

Egg noodles are very likely to become overcooked and mushy when left in the crockpot for an extended amount of time. For this recipe, I recommend pre-cooking your egg noodles separately before adding them to the soup. This should avoid the mushy egg noodles outcome.

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  1. I’m not feeling well so I looked up a crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe. It’s still cooking but it certainly smells good.

        1. Hi Coco, I haven’t tried this myself, but I think incorporating some cubed potatoes would be tasty. Dice them small so they cook in the same amount of time as the chicken. Enjoy!

  2. My family and I found this to be pretty bland :/ I’m adding grated Parmesan when I reheat for a little boost. I think next time I’ll use a rotisserie chicken. Any spice/Herb suggestions for a bit more flavor? I like that it was very easy to prepare. Thank you3 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Camille. With the flavor profile of fresh rosemary, garlic, and the veggies, this normally comes out tasting pretty tasty. I’d continue to suggest with ones that are listed in the recipe, but maybe increase them to your taste. Hope this helps!

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