This easy Crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe is healthy, comforting, and quick to prepare. The classic soup is a must-have in your winter rotation.
Try my stovetop Chicken Noodle Soup or my Instant Pot chicken noodle soup if you'd prefer to make it another way!
This slow cooker chicken noodle soup recipe is great for a family meal on a cold day or when someone in your house is feeling under the weather. Pop it on before work or bed, and most of the effort is done by your slow cooker. Sometimes nothing beats a good bowl of homemade chicken soup.
How to make chicken noodle soup in the Crockpot
- Prep your ingredients and add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, chicken broth, water, chicken thighs, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves to your slow cooker;
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours;
- Take the chicken out of the slow cooker and cut it up. Add it back along with the egg noodles. Turn your Crockpot to "high", cover it with the lid, and cook until the egg noodles are soft;
- Season soup with salt & pepper and serve with fresh chopped parsley.
(Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below)
Chicken soup recipe notes:
- You can use chicken breasts, but they will dry out faster. I recommend cooking them on the lowest amount of time you can get away with (around 3 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low).
- You can use a different type of pasta than egg noodles, but cooking time may vary.
- Add some fresh lemon juice if you want this to be a lemon chicken soup.
- You can freeze this soup, but the noodles may get a little soggy. If you're making a batch for freezing or for serving later, I suggest adding the noodles just prior to serving. When reheating leftovers, you may need to add a little extra chicken broth because the noodles will soak it up.
- Did you know that parsley is one of the healthiest herbs out there? I think of it as more than just a pretty garnish... it's good for you, and it brings a freshness to so many dishes.
Other chicken soup recipes you'll love:
- Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Soup
- Crockpot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Easy Chicken and Rice Soup
- Easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- Crockpot Mexican Chicken Soup
Will you try this homemade Crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe?
Questions? Let me know in the comments below!
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 sticks celery chopped
- 2 medium carrots peeled & sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1.5 pounds chicken thighs boneless/skinless
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves (optional)
- 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley chopped
- Prep your ingredients.
- Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker except for the noodles, salt & pepper, and parsley.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- Take the chicken out and cut it up or shred it with two forks. Add the cut-up chicken back in, along with the egg noodles. Cook until the noodles are tender (I put the slow cooker on high), about 15 minutes or so.
- Season the soup with salt & pepper as needed (I added a fair bit of salt). Serve with fresh parsley sprinkled over top (add about a tablespoon or more... eyeballing it is fine).
- Anything over about a pound, up to around two pounds of chicken will work.
- You may use chicken breasts, but be aware that they're more likely to dry out the longer you cook them.
- This is the 7-quart Crockpot I used for this recipe.
- You can add some freshly squeezed lemon juice at the end if you'd like this to be a lemony chicken soup.
- You may need to add more chicken broth when reheating the soup (the noodles soak up more liquid the longer you leave it). If you plan on freezing the soup, I suggest doing it prior to adding the noodles.
- Other cooking methods: Try the stovetop version or the Instant Pot version of this recipe.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Easy to follow & quick to come together, thank you!
I do find my noodles do not feel/taste firm. They are soft, mushy. I’ve followed directions to a T!
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I would add the noodles in a bit later next time. That's the thing with doing noodles in the Crockpot (or soups in general, actually) - they can get overcooked quite fast, unfortunately.
Ruby M says
I’ve made this recipe a few times now and the entire family loves it! They always ask me to make it again, immediately.
That makes me happy, Ruby!! 🙂
I made this soup and it was very good and fast to prepare! I didn't get a clear broth and I think it was the small amount of fat within the chicken thigh meat.
When I cook a chicken on the stove, I bring the whole chicken to a boil/low simmer for about 20 minutes to skim off the foamy fat and residue that floats to the surface. I then have a clean broth and add chopped onions and salt to simmer the chicken until done. I debone the chicken and go from there to complete the soup.
I like your recipe for the crockpot because it's fast! Is there a way to get a cleaner broth cooking in the crock pot?? Thank you!
Hi Sharon! I'm so glad you liked it! 🙂 I would say that if the color of the broth is a big concern for you, you could perhaps try using chicken breasts since they're leaner, but keep in mind they do tend to be drier. I think as long as the soup tastes good, that's all that matters. I am not really sure how you'd do the same thing in the Crockpot as you do on the stove re: skimming the fat off unless you check it several times during the cooking process, but then you may as well do it on the stove I'd say.
Made this last night as my husband has the flu and I wanted something comforting. So delicious!! I added extra spices and can’t wait to make it again!!
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
Wonderful to hear, Gloria! Hoping he feels better soon! 🙂
Could this soup be pressure canned?
I've never pressure canned before, so I would use your best judgement.
This is always great! I also add in mushrooms. And i'll make some matzah balls on the side and put them in the soup as well for a bit of "Jewish Penicillin". 🙂
That sounds awesome!! 😀
Natalie Schonfeld says
Deana Grace says
This is my first time making chicken noodle soup. The recipe was very easy and the soup came out great, the only question I have is how can I make is so it’s not so greasy? I felt that after I took a bit and sucked in I could taste the grease in my mouth, other then that I loved it and so did my family. Thank you !! 😀
Hi Deana! I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed it. So, chicken thighs are naturally more fatty than chicken breasts. It's a bit of a tradeoff, unfortunately. Slow cooking chicken breasts can dry them out, but chicken thighs are a great choice for slow cooking because they stay tender, but they do release more fat. You could try this stovetop version with chicken breasts: https://bit.ly/3ED7GAh
Johnesia Sims says
Thank you!! Cooking now. Can’t wait to try!
Hope you enjoy it!!
Johnesia Sims says
Is it ok to use bone in thighs?
You bet! Hope you like the recipe!
I fixed this tonight and it was awesome. I thought I added a lot of salt but apparently not, it needed more still! Live & learn, as the saying goes! My husband loved it, too! Thanks for this recipe!
That's awesome!! You're welcome! Yup, salting definitely varies recipe to recipe, and it's so easy to underestimate how much is needed sometimes... I've been there too. 🙂
Does the chicken go in raw?
Yes, unless I otherwise specify, assume that the ingredient is raw. 🙂
Jennifer Rojo says
Making this recipe as I type with about 45 min til it’s done and it’s smells INCREDIBLE. Have a quick question though, the 2 cups of pasta, is that with a measuring cup or food scale?
Hi Jennifer!! I just put the uncooked pasta into a measuring cup. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the soup!