Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup & Beach Getaway

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

When I first bought my Crock Pot, this soup was the first thing I made. My husband came home from work and pretty much ate half of it himself and then announced me the queen of Chicken Soups. Not like I’ve never made anything like this before, but simmering the chicken on the stove just doesn’t produce the same flavor profile. At least not when you have electrical burners, where you can only go this low on the temperature. Lowest boil on the stove is till faster than what you can get from the slow cooker and lower simmering temperature allows for most flavor extraction not just from the meat itself but from the bones as well, in fact, more flavor comes from the bones when it comes to good broth, then from the chicken itself. It definitely doesn’t hurt that all of this flavor extracting magic can be happening while you’re at work. I hope knowing that dinner can virtually be ready when you get home from work, will make going to work on Monday a little easier.

 

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Couple weekends ago we took a trip to the beach, Newport, Oregon to be exact. While there, I was thinking that I could have totally brought my Crock Pot and cooked ourselves some of this Chicken Soup or the Perfectly Simple Pot Roast in the hotel room, all while we were exploring the beach and it’s surroundings.

Can you imagine the surprise of the hotel staff or housekeepers to find the hallways smelling like chicken for hours and not knowing where the smell was coming from? Haha, it might’ve become our last stay there, but hey, at least we would have had good dinner!

From my Instagram account you probably know that I absolutely love watching the sunset at the beach and these were just a couple of images I snapped while there.
Listening to the waves crashing at the shore…watching the beautiful colors expending all across the sky – best life detox remedy.

After being buried in the  books all summer long this was a much-needed trip. I guess we’re pretty lucky to have all this wonder just mere 2 hours away from us.

Same ocean, same sun, but different cloud disposition create sunsets that are unique in it’s beauty.

Disappearing sun warrants changing colors, while moving clouds create different patterns.

I wish I could spend every weekend here!

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients for Chicken Noodle Soup
8-9 drumsticks or 3 chicken breasts
2 medium carrots or 1 cup of baby carrots
1 large onion, peeled, split in half
2 celery stalks (optional)
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp peppercorns
1/2 Tbsp dry garlic flakes or 3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
3 Qt water or broth
2 – 2 1/2 cups egg noodles
1/3 cup chopped parsley

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup:
Place the chicken, carrots, onion, celery (optional) and spices into the Crockpot. Cover with 3 quarts water or broth, then add peppercorns, garlic flakes, bay leaf and salt. Cover with lid. Set to cook on ‘High’ for 4.5 hours or on ‘low’ for 6-8 hours.

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain. Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the noodles to keep them from sticking. Stir to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

After 4.5 hours it will look like this. Because the broth was not skimmed of impurities during the cooking process, it will need to be done now.
Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Line a sieve with 2-3 layers of paper towel and set it over a soup pot (4-5 qts). Drain the broth through the paper towel lined sieve discarding the onion & celery stalks, but keeping the carrots and the drumsticks. Rinse drumsticks and carrots from the impurities that are stuck to it.
Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Shred the chicken meat into as small of pieces as you wish, discarding the skin and bones. Slice carrots into small pieces.
Heat the noodles before adding to the soup. Add the shredded chicken, carrots and chopped parsley (I had barely a tablespoon of parsley at the time, but you go ahead and add the called for amount). Stir. Taste and adjust the seasoning amount.
Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Now ladle yourself a bowl and enjoy with a good crusty baguette.

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Cook time:

Ingredients

  • 8-9 drumsticks or 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 medium carrots or 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1 large onion, peeled, split in half
  • 2 celery stalks (optional)
  • 1½ – 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • ½ Tbsp dry garlic flakes or 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 Qt water or broth
  • 2 – 2½ cups egg noodles
  • ⅓ cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken, carrots, onion, celery (optional) and spices into the Crockpot. Cover with 3 Qts water or broth, then add peppercorns, garlic flakes, bay leaf and salt. Cover with lid. Set to cook on ‘High’ for 4.5 hours or on ‘low’ for 6-8 hours.
  2. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain. Add ½ tablespoon olive oil to the noodles to keep them from sticking. Stir to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. After the 4.5 hours of cooking, the broth will need to be clarified. Line a sieve with 2-3 layers of paper towel and set it over a soup pot (4-5 qts). Drain the broth through the paper towel lined sieve discarding the onion & celery stalks, but keeping the carrots and the drumsticks. Rinse drumsticks and carrots from the impurities that are stuck to it.
  4. Shred the chicken meat into as small of pieces as you desire, discarding the skin and bones. Slice carrots into small pieces.
  5. Heat the noodles before adding to the soup. Add the shredded chicken, carrots and chopped parsley (I had barely a tablespoon of parsley at the time, but you go ahead and add the called for amount). Stir. Taste and adjust the seasoning amount.

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  • How fun! We went to Newport, Oregon last summer with kids. We also visited Newport Coast Aquarium. Very nice place for getaway! 🙂

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  • Thanks for sharing this great idea for cooking chicken noodle soup in a crock pot! I must try it, but every time I make this soup, I’m very impatient and cook it on the stove top. Crock pot cooking will produce a much better homemade chicken stock! Great to hear you enjoyed your beach getaway 🙂

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    • Yes, I agree with you on impatience. I am the same exact way, so I do this when I am in school all day or out doing things 🙂

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  • Newport, Oregon looks so beautiful. . I lived in Seattle for almost three years and wish I ventured out more to Oregon. . so beautiful!! and this chicken soup!! Love this! and love that you made it in a slow cooker!! Brilliant and pinned!!

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    • Thank you!
      I keep telling myself that one day I will just go up north and drive south down Highway 101 and get to see all beauty of the oregon shores, now if only I had the time for everything I want to do lol

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  • chicken soup for the teenage soul

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on crock pot. Regards

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  • Sherri

    Is it better with the stock or water? Also, if water is used would bouillon cubes be needed?

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    • Stock is made by cooking meat or bones in the water for several hours. So in this sense you’re making your own stock by cooking the chicken in the water. Therefor, no need to use stock or bouillon for this recipe. Thanks for your question Sherri!

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