Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

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This crockpot chicken noodle soup is a classic and hearty soup, requiring minimal effort giving you tender chicken, loads of noodles and a delicious broth.

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Today we had a very quiet day at home since we celebrated Easter yesterday at my sister’s house. I was not in the mood to really cook anything but with it being Easter and all I decided to make a pork roast but what I was really craving is some chicken noodle soup. Growing up, chicken noodle soup was very common to have with our Sunday night dinner, so I think that just stuck with me.

Usually when I make chicken noodle soup I use a whole chicken with skin and bones and all, but I just didn’t have one this time so this is why I used boneless skinless chicken breasts. If you like dark meat you could also use thighs instead. Basically making chicken in the crockpot is the same as making it in a regular soup pot on the stove top just easier and less babysitting. I just threw the carrots, onion and chicken in the crockpot, you could also use celery but I for one am not a fan of celery in soup so I skipped it in mine.

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So I have to tell you about a secret ingredient I use in all my soups. Coming from Eastern Europe we always use Vegeta in soups. Vegeta is a Mediterranean seasoning made from dry vegetables and other spices. I’ve always used this, it gives the soup a beautiful yellow colour and an amazing taste. Many times I’ll use this whenever a recipe calls for chicken broth because I really love the flavour. Now if you don’t have Vegeta you can use chicken broth instead, maybe a low sodium version.

I also put the onion in whole and removed it when I shredded the chicken because I’m fussy again about my chicken noodle soup, I like a nice clear broth with just carrots, chicken and noodles. It’s just how my mom always made chicken noodle soup so this is how I like it. You must also use wide egg noodles just so you have the entire chicken noodle soup experience.

I remember when I was a kid I used to hate the soup and carrots and just wanted to eat the noodles, so I’d always eat the soup and the carrots first so I was left with the noodles and chicken. Then I could take my sweet old time eating noodles and enjoying them. I’ve grown up since then and now I eat chicken noodle soup the normal way. It’s funny the things we remember.

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Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
 
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Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, peeled
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced or chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped (optional)
  • 3 chicken breasts, whole (could be boneless and skinless too for a broth with less fat)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Vegeta or 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 7 cups of water if using Vegeta, otherwise 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups (about 4 oz) wide dry egg noodles
  • parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add the onion, carrots, chicken, celery, olive oil, vegeta or chicken broth, salt, pepper, water, bay leave and rosemary to your crockpot. Cook on low for 7 hours or 4 hours on high.
  2. Remove the onion and take out the chicken to either cut into pieces or shred with two forks. Add chicken back to crockpot and add egg noodles. Cook for another 1 hour on high or until noodles are cooked.
  3. Garnish with parsley.

 

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Comments

  1. Amy says

    I love this soup and now make it often, I follow to recipe with little to no modifications and turns out perfect!

  2. Tammi says

    I cook the noodles separtely and put in the bowl then add the rest of the soup. Then store separate so they don’t absorb all the broth and get soggy,

  3. Barbara says

    Hi Jo
    As there are only two of us now, I freeze portions. The problem is the noodles which I know do not freeze too well. From your comments to other people, I gather the noodles soak up the liquid so if I only used a third of the noodles, should I reduce the liquid.

    • says

      Hi Barbara,
      Yes I would reduce the liquid, maybe half the liquid, up to you. I for one love more noodles in my soup. I know a lot of people were using the wrong quantity of noodles, so I updated the recipe to show 4 oz because 1 cup of noodles does not equal 8 oz only about 2 oz.

  4. Jennifer says

    I just had to tell you… I’ve never made chicken noodle soup before. I made this today on a whim. I used green beans instead of carrots (kids don’t like the carrots) and added some garlic powder (no bay leaf on tap) and used the No Yolk egg noodles. It was utterly AMAZING! ALL 4 kids loved it and asked for more! I am looking forward to trying the other recipes I pinned from your site. thanx!!

  5. Judy says

    I’m going to try this and make the noodles separate. Just add the noodles to the bowl when ready to eat. Looks great!

  6. Betty says

    I am fixing the crockpot chicken soup as we speak. Smells delicious!!
    The only thing is, my broth doesn’t look clear (like in your picture). Am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks!

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