This Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is rich, warm and perfect for dinner any night of the week! #crockpot #slowcooker

True story: I made this soup and then two days later I caught a cold. It was very convenient to have the ultimate sick person comfort food while I was sitting under blankets, shivering, sneezing and hating life. Within about 24 hours the cold had vanished as quickly as it arrived. Is this stuff magic medicine? I think so.

This Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my favorite new slow cooker recipes and I just know you’ll love it as well.

A few notes about the recipe:

  • I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, which I think add more flavor than chicken breasts. But thighs do add more fat to the recipe so you can absolutely swap out them out for a leaner soup.
  • I like to brown the thighs in a saute pan before adding them to the slow cooker. If you’re in a rush you can skip this step but I do recommend it. Browning the chicken enhances the flavor of the soup tremendously.
  • For the “creamy” element of the soup I added half a cup of cream at the end. You can absolutely skip this step or use something a bit lighter like half and half. But the cream adds a level of richness to this soup that is absolutely decadent.

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or any neutral high heat oil)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced (1 large)
  • 1 cup celery, sliced (about 3 ribs)
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced (about 3 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 3½ cups water
  • 5 cups egg noodles, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and brown the chicken thighs for several minutes on each side.
  2. Place the thighs in the slow cooker along with the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Pour in the chicken stock and water, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Carefully remove the chicken thighs and place on a cutting board. Add the egg noodles, sage, thyme and parsley to the slow cooker and turn the heat on high for 9-10 minutes.
  4. While the noodles are cooking, use two forks to gently shred the chicken. Once the noodles are cooked, return the chicken to the slow cooker. Stir in the cream (if using), lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Leftover soup that is chilled may look broken once fat from the soup separates from the cream. Simply reheat the soup, stir, and it will come back together. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts my be substituted for a leaner soup.


Tools I Used

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Ninja Slow Cooker
Global 8-inch Chef’s Knife
All-Clad Stainless 3-Quart Saute Pan
OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Locking Tongs

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Of course you get sick AFTER making the all time comfort food!

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today

    I am sorry to hear that you got sick, get better soon.

  • Happy Valley Chow

    What a great recipe, this looks and sounds delicious!

  • Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    So sorry to hear you are sick! Hope you are on your feet again ASAP. Also, thanks so much for including my minestrone in your round up!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    There’s no better comfort food than this!

  • Sam

    Thank you so much for sharing my recipe Jennifer. This post has made me miss Winter (even though we are just heading into Summer). x

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I have to check it out. It looks just amazing!!

  • Jackie {The Beeroness}

    I’m freezing today so this looks amazing. LIke I want to curl up inside of it.

  • Dolly

    A blogger friend of mine has also posted a chicken noodle soup recipe which she had made twice last week. It must be the weather over there! Luckily for us in Hobbit land, we are approaching summer and enjoying the sunny, warm weather. I hope you get better and stay better.

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    This looks like perfect comfort food! Hope you feel better soon!

  • Kate@Diethood

    That photo had me jumping all over Pinterest – it’s freakin’ beautiful!!!

    I have also wondered if chicken noodle soup is truly a miracle… it works instantly! Very glad you are feeling better!!

  • Valerie

    Oh, a creamy chicken soup! Yes. Yes!!

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Ah, chicken soup. . magic medicine indeed!!! Almost didn’t recognize this photo (so different from your others) but I love it! love the white painted wood background. Have a happy Thanksgiving, Jen!! and glad you are all better!

  • Jenny @ BAKE

    I could do with a bowl of this right now!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    this soup looks so rich and delicious and comforting!

  • Marsha

    I’m always looking for a new slow-cooker recipe! Thank you.

  • Marsha A

    This soup looks great.

  • Cindy A.

    I’m adding this to my “must try” list! I love my slow cooker and am always looking for new recipes. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Melissa Kramer

    This looks delish!

  • AmyP

    This looks delicious–almost identical to my Chicken soup recipe. I can’t wait to try it with the addition of cream.