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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 14 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup – a simple and delicious recipe for slow cooker chicken noodle soup that will warm your soul!


Ingredients

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  • 64oz chicken stock
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 34 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 head garlic, cut off the top
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, sliced
  • you favorite noodles

Instructions

  1. Add chicken stock, chicken breasts, onion, bay leaf, salt, pepper, fresh thyme and garlic to a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on LOW 8 hours or on HIGH 4 hours.
  3. If cooking on HIGH: 1 hour before cooking time is done remove the chicken breasts, discard the skin and bones and shred the meat. Place back into the slow cooker along with the carrots and celery.
  4. If cooking on LOW: 2 hours before cooking time is done remove the chicken breasts, discard the skin and bones and shred the meat. Place back into the slow cooker along with the carrots and celery.
  5. Approximately 20 minutes before everything is done cooking, cook your favorite noodles on the stove-top until they are al dente.
  6. Taste soup and add additional salt, as-needed.
  7. Serve soup with noodles and enjoy!

Notes

  • Chicken Stock: you can use chicken broth if you want, this will result in a stronger flavor.  But since we are cooking bone-in chicken breasts (which will add a lot of flavor), chicken stock is my preferred method.
  • Chicken Breasts:  You can use boneless chicken breasts if you want, the flavor won’t have quite as much depth, but then you won’t have to worry about discarding the skin and bones later.  Chicken thighs (boneless or bone-in) would also work!
  • Carrots + Celery:  You can certainly add these right away if you want, but I personally do not like mushy vegetables in my soup – which after slow cooking for 8 hours, the veggies will definitely be quite soft. It’s up to you!
  • Noodles cooked separately:  Cooking the noodles in the slow cooker can be really tricky as you have to keep in mind that as the noodles cook they are going to soak up a lot of broth in the process.  Additionally, slow cookers seem to vary a lot (some run hot, some don’t) so it is actually quite hard to pinpoint an exact timeframe for how long your noodles would need to cook.  You can definitely cook your noodles in the slow cooker if you want, but I would suggest compensating for this by adding more broth and to watch them really closely so they don’t over cook and get all mushy and gross.  My preferred method is to just cook my noodles separately and then serve them together.
  • Whole30/Paleo: to make this Whole30/Paleo simply check your ingredients on your chicken stock and serve with zoodles instead of noodles!

Keywords: slow cooker chicken noodle soup