CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Ward off the winter blues with comforting and delicious CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup. In addition to easy-to-digest simmered chicken in broth, my recipe includes classic and nourishing ingredients, including fresh garlic, carrots, herbs onions, and celery.
It’s so easy to make chicken noodle soup from scratch, especially if you start with a rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken breasts. Serve it with flaky tender cheese biscuits or cheesy breadsticks for a light dinner or lunch.
CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup
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How To Make CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup
The slow cooker is the best method for unlocking the savory richness in chicken noodle soup thanks to hours of slow simmering. Here’s how to make the best tasting chicken soup with leftover pre-cooked poultry:
- Place all ingredients in the crockpot.
- Use LOW setting and simmer for hours.
- Add noodles toward the end, and serve steaming hot.
If you want a thicker, stew-like consistency, then you can also add a can of cream of chicken soup after the noodles are done. Or, you can achieve a similar thickness without cream of chicken soup by adding more noodles. The starches will absorb a lot of the broth, but also thicken it.
On the other hand, if you’re like me, then you prefer a thin, though still rich-tasting broth. If that’s your preference, pre-cook the noodles and add them in just before serving. An alternative to noodles is pre-cooked rice. Seasonings can also be altered to your taste. Rosemary, sage, and thyme are all excellent seasonings for chicken soup.
Another option is to use a raw whole chicken, skin bones and all (though not the liver). This will give an incredibly rich broth using just water:
Place whole chicken in crockpot on top of whole carrots, celery stalks, garlic cloves, and quartered onion.
- Add 8 cups of water and seasonings
- Simmer on HIGH setting until chicken falls apart.
- Strain to remove bones.
- Chop the meat and vegetables, return to the pot.
- Add noodles and cook until tender.
How Long to Cook Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
The best flavor is achieved with slow cooking. Cook the soup on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH setting for 6 hours.
How To Store Chicken Noodle Soup
To store in the fridge, cool and pack into plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. It will keep 3-4 days in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Reheat on the stovetop on low.
Can You Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?
Chicken noodle soup will retain its quality in the freezer for 4 – 6 months. Cool and pack into freezer containers, leaving an inch of head space for expansion. Thaw in the refrigerator or reheat in a pot or microwave straight from the freezer.
Make a lot to keep on hand. A steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup is a comforting remedy for body and soul anytime!
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Everyone's favorite comforting soup recipe.
- 4 chicken breasts cubed
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 carrots chopped
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 12 ounce bag egg noodles
Add all items except egg noodles into the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Remove bay leaf, shred chicken, and add egg noodles.
Cook on low for 45 minutes or until noodles are tender.
Egg noodles can be cooked on the side and added to each serving of soup. This prevents them from turning mushy in leftovers.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)