Nothing is more comforting when it’s cold outside, or when you have a cold, than a big bowl of chicken noodle soup. The flavors and the warmth in the soup are just so perfect and comforting that nothing else compares to it! Eating this soup as an adult really brings back so many childhood memories. Whether you are under the weather, or just need a taste of comfort, my Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is just what you need. Chicken and vegetables cooked to perfection mixed with hearty noodles in a soothing broth are guaranteed to warm your soul. Delicious and low fat! This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving only 3 SmartPoints per cup.
It’s no secret that soup is kind of my favorite thing right now. I’ve been making a soup, chili, or stew at least once a week since September started. Maybe it’s the change in the seasons, or the desire to have something that is comforting? Probably a little bit of both. If you have read some of my other posts you will know that my husband and I moved from Texas to Indiana about 4 months ago. While we have each other (and our dogs), I have my moments of missing family and friends. It’s only natural, right?! Don’t worry… my husband and I are going to visit family over Thanksgiving in the Northeast plus we have a really big trip planned in December to go back to Texas and visit our “Texas” family!
Chicken Noodle Soup is an iconic soup that everyone has likely eaten once in their life. Whether it’s cold outside, or you have a cold, chicken noodle soup is there to warm you up and make you feel better. I can totally picture the Campbell’s Soup commercial in my head right now where the little boy is outside building a snowman, comes inside as the snowman, has soup and then melts away back into the kid. I love seeing those commercials now as an adult because I remember seeing them as a kid. I don’t remember getting sick a ton as a kid, but when I did my mom would always give me chicken noodle soup. When I grew up and moved away to college, I remember always stalking my dorm room up with chicken noodle soup so that whenever I was home sick, I could eat some soup and feel better. Food is magic!
A while back, my husband and I were talking about preparing for our first winter storm. We both work from home don’t necessarily have to leave the house, which is great for when it snows. We don’t have to worry about shoveling snow or defrosting the car early in the morning. We are lucky and we know that not everyone has this luxury. So, when we were talking about how we are going to prepare for the brutal winters that we will now experience (because we live in Indiana and not Texas), my mind immediately went to “what will we eat”? That’s usually what I think about… food. I anticipate that when it’s snowing outside and our heater is on overload, all we will want to eat is soup. On a side note, both of us are really excited for the first snow. We can’t wait to wake up, look outside, and see a blanket of white. He grew up in the Northeast but hasn’t seen real snow in years. I never really have!
Not only am I trying to prepare for the winter (by building a collection of soups, stews, and chili) but I’m also trying to prepare for the day one of us gets sick. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure it will. When that happens, I want to be prepared and have the best chicken noodle soup recipe on hand and ready to make. While Campbell’s soup is good, there is nothing better than homemade soup especially this recipe. When I was thinking about making this soup, I had to remember that *if* I do get sick, I need to have a recipe easy enough that my husband can make, and this recipe is that easy!
While this soup could easily be made on the stove top, there’s something special about the soup cooking in a crock pot. The chicken has so much more flavor when cooked on low for 10 hours rather than on a stove top for an hour. The vegetables soak in all the flavors and are cooked to perfection in the crock pot. SO SO delicious and warming! This soup is super easy to make (husbands can even make it)! Just dice up a few celery stalks, carrots, onion, and garlic and throw into the crock pot. Next add chicken broth, seasonings, and chicken breast. Let the soup cook on low for 8 or 10 hours. Remove the chicken and shred. The chicken is so moist and tender, it will literally fall apart which is exactly what you want. Finally, add the chicken back to the crock pot, add the noodles, and cook for about 7 minutes.
Whether you are under the weather, or just need a taste of comfort, my Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is just what you need. Juicy shredded chicken, perfectly cooked vegetables, noodles, and a delicious broth is comfort in a bowl. Easy to make and even easier to eat! Healthy and low fat so that you can have more than 1 serving!
I hope you enjoy these *comforting* bites of flavor!
For Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: