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Crockpot Chicken and Noodles recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Crockpot Chicken and Noodles recipe is an easy crockpot chicken recipe that will please the whole family! So easy and so creamy (but NO cream of chicken soups!).

crockpot chicken and noodles in slow cooker with metal scoop pulling some out

What a WINTER.

I don’t normally raise my voice around here, but it’s been a little ridiculous.

We’ve had more snow days already (much more!) in 2019 than we had in the entire 2017-18 school year. It’s not only been miserably cold, we’ve gotten huge dumps of snow and the wind — it’s not helping any of that.

That’s where this Crockpot Chicken and Noodles recipe comes in.

They are warm, and creamy, and comforting — like your favorite bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup when you need a little less soup and a little more stick-to-your-ribs (because you might be stranded on the side of the highway tomorrow).

Love a good crockpot chicken recipe? Check out my recipe for the JUICIEST Slow Cooker Chicken Breast!

crockpot chicken noodles overhead on grey plate with fresh parsley garnish

I almost felt a little bad not adding in some peas, or broccoli, or some freshly chopped spinach in here to round up this very beige meal, but the truth is?

I wanted to keep it basic because nearly any vegetables will go great in here.

Find a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables and dump them in before you start the slow cooker (I don’t recommend adding them after because you need to cook the noodles in the hot liquid and the vegetables will cool it down too much to do so).

Can you cook noodles in the crockpot?

Absolutely!

It’s one of my favorite ways to make a quick easy dinner that often requires no other pots or pans (see my Slow Cooker Chili Mac or my Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meat Sauce for examples!).

The trick when cooking noodles or pasta in the slow cooker is not to overcook. Since the timing is so different based on high v. low, the make and model of the slow cooker, the type of noodles (thick, thin, white, whole wheat, high fiber, etc.), it can be difficult to know how long is exactly right.

It’s important that you follow the cook time listed in the recipe for that specific type of noodles. If you choose another variety, keep in mind that the cook time could vary significantly.

It’s also important that you add the cream and corn starch when the pasta is still somewhat firm — as the corn starch needs some time to cook out and thicken.

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How to make Crockpot Chicken and Noodles:

  1. Start with your chicken, seasonings and broth. These will be slow cooked until the chicken shreds easily.
  2. Add the pasta to the hot liquid in the crockpot, stir, cover and cook until al dente — don’t let them go too long!
  3. Stir in some cream and you’re done! Easy, peasy, super creamy 😉

Know your slow cooker:

Every crockpot cooks differently — some are hotter and some are cooler. I use a 2.5 quart crockpot and a 6 quart Hamilton Beach slow cooker, and I know that my crockpot cooks much more quickly, so I keep that in mind when looking at recipes.

Generally, a slow cooker that is more full will also take longer to heat and cook.

Variations on this Crockpot Chicken and Noodles recipe:

  • Stir in some frozen vegetables at the beginning to round out this recipe and make it a full meal deal.
  • Try spicing it up with a squirt of sriracha or buffalo sauce
  • Opt for boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a richer flavor.

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Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

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This Crockpot Chicken and Noodles recipe is an easy crockpot chicken recipe that will please the whole family! So easy and so creamy (but NO cream of chicken soups!). 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 258kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups extra wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Instructions

  • Add chicken breasts, broth, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic powder to a 2.5-4 quart crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 3.5-4 hours. 
  • Turn crockpot to high and cook for 20-30 minutes (this increases the temperature to cook the pasta).
  • Remove the chicken from the crockpot and stir in the noodles. Cover and cook on high for about 10 minutes (you want them about half cooked, still somewhat firm).
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the half and half and corn starch. Dice or shred the chicken. Stir in the chicken and cream. Cover and let cook on high for 10 minutes until thickened and pasta is cooked. Serve.

Notes

*The liquid in the crockpot does need to be hot to cook the noodles and to activate the corn starch (and cook out the starchy flavor) — so please keep this in mind as you go ahead with the recipe and allow for some time to cook on high to bring up the temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Ron Cronin says

    Hi Ashley,

    I am going to try the recipe but I have one question. Can I use a jar Alfredo sauce instead cream?

    Thanks,

    Ron

  2. Sherry Chamberlin says

    Hello Ashley my name is Sherry. I have not made this yet but I would like to make it. I just received this recipe this morning. I have a couple of questions for you. I don’t buy store-bought pasta anymore since I have started making fresh. So if you could let me know the timing on putting in the fresh pasta I would appreciate that and also I do not buy half and half but I have heavy whipping cream or just plain milk. Could I use either of those instead and if so how much? I’m disabled and always looking for recipes to make my life easier and this definitely sounds like one of them.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Sherry! I haven’t tried making this with fresh pasta so I’m not entirely sure what adjustments would have to be made. I would probably reduce the liquid a bit as I don’t think fresh pasta would absorb as much. I also think it would cook more quickly. You can definitely swap heavy cream for the half and half!

  3. Wade Kennedy says

    The recipe does not seem to have any direction as to dicing the chicken. I assume I should do this after initially removing the cooked chicken and before adding back wih the cream?

  4. Allyson Zea says

    I can’t believe you made this in the crockpot! I’m adding it to my meal plan for the week, and I can’t wait to try it!

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