Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup (A Healthy Meal Option!)

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is made with zucchini noodles for a healthier, gluten-free, and low-carb soup recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup | Easy and healthy slow cooker chicken noodle soup made with zucchini noodles. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Chicken Noodle Soup is one of the best comfort foods.  The simple flavors of the broth, mixed with the savory chunks of chicken, tender sliced carrots, and celery transforms me back to being a kid.  It’s just simple perfection.

Now, when I actually take a second to think about this blissful childhood moment, I realize the chicken noodle soup I used to enjoy was likely canned.  That means it was super duper high in sodium and had very little nutrients.  And, honestly, wasn’t even that tasty.

Man, being a kid was so easy back then!  No calories to worry about.  No BPA.  No empty carbs from the noodles.

With that realization, I’ve come up with a super yummy way to still enjoy all the deliciousness of a chicken noodle soup recipe with all the goodness a healthy adult appreciates.  This easy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is made with zucchini noodles for a healthier, gluten-free, and low-carb soup recipe. And making chicken noodle soup in a slow cooker is so darn easy.

Hooray!

Ingredients ready for the slow cooker chicken noodle soup, including seasoned chicken breasts, celery, italian parsley, and carrots.

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Learning how to make crockpot chicken noodle soup is like the easiest thing ever. It’s definitely easier than learning how to make chicken noodle soup without a slow cooker!

You just place the ingredients in the slow cooker, season, and forget about everything for a few hours.

It’s that simple, yes. If you feel the need for more guidance, here are the detailed how to make chicken noodle soup in a slow cooker steps:

  1. start by seasoning the chicken with sea salt and pepper;
  2. place the chicken in the slow cooker followed by veggies;
  3. stir to combine;
  4. cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours;
  5. shred the chicken;
  6. add noodles and spices;
  7. cook for additional 8-10 minutes on low heat.
  8. garnish with parsley and add lemon juice for extra taste and goodness.

You are now ready to enjoy all the goodness and amazing flavors of your homemade slow cooker chicken noodle soup.

Can you still make chicken noodle soup in a slow cooker if you don’t have a chicken carcass?

YES!

How to make chicken noodle soup in a slow cooker without a carcass:

This recipe is actually perfect if you don’t have a chicken carcass.  Instead, you can use the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and low sodium chicken broth.  Cooking the chicken breasts and veggies in the chicken broth over the long timeframe in the slow cooker will make for a tasty broth and tender chicken.

How to make chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker with a carcass:

If you do have a chicken carcass and want to use it in this recipe, you can easily toss it in along with the rest of the ingredients to cook in the slow cooker.  Once it’s time to shred the chicken, you can remove any remaining meat from the carcass and then discard.  Easy peasy.

Bowl of the slow cooker filled with the boneless, skinless chicken breasts that are seasoned with sea salt and black pepper, sliced carrots, sliced celery, yellow onion, and garlic, ready to be cooked on Low in the slow cooker to make the chicken noodle soup.

WHY IS CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP GOOD FOR YOU?

Many people eat chicken noodle soup when they are sick or during winter months when it’s very cold outside. What makes chicken noodle soup so good for you?

  • Firstly, the taste and the fact that it’s comforting, warm, and all you want when you have the flu or when it’s cold outside.
  • Secondly, chicken noodle soup contains ingredients that are high in antioxidants such as carrots, onions, and celery. These veggies boost your immune system and help you to stay healthy or to fight the flu if you are sick.

Chicken noodle soup is amazing like that. And if you make it healthy by using zucchini noodles instead of regular noodles you get even more benefits because zucchini has plenty of health benefits too.

Adding the spiralized zucchini noodles to the slow cooker to allow them to cook, showing how the chicken has now been fully cooked and the vegetables are tender.

VEGGIES IN CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

I really love this homemade chicken noodle soup because I can not only make it healthy but I can also make it taste the way I like it. You can’t do that with canned soup. The veggies in chicken noodle soup and the spices make all the difference in taste but in nutritional benefits too.

What veggies I put in slow cooker chicken noodle soup:

What about the spices? What spices do you put in chicken noodle soup? I like to add:

  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • Italian parsley

While you don’t have to use spiralized zucchini noodles in this chicken noodle soup, they sure do make a great option.  Zucchini noodles are lower in carbs and calories plus pack more protein and fiber than most any pasta noodle.  When recipes call for 8 oz. pasta noodles, I replace with 2 cups spiralized zucchini noodles, which tends to be about 2 zucchinis.

Just like with pasta, you don’t want to cook the zucchini noodles the same amount of time as the rest of the soup.  Instead, add them in when there are just about 15-20 minutes left of cooking so that they don’t get overcooked.  To learn more about how to spiralize zucchini noodles, check out this Spiralizer post.

Side angle of the slow cooker to show the slow cooker chicken noodle soup that is ready to be served. Hand holding a label is scooping some of the soup to serve.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Chicken noodle soup makes a delicious and light meal on its own. You can enjoy it for lunch or dinner and you’ll get all warm and fuzzy inside. But sometimes that’s not quite enough.

If you want a complete meal, here’s what to serve with chicken noodle soup:

  • fresh veggies turned into a simple side salad or veggie sticks (carrot and celery sticks are so yummy)
  • a light side salad made with all kinds of green leaves and a light dressing;
  • a warm veggie side dish like roasted broccoli.

Large bowl filled with slow cooker chicken and zucchini noodles.

HOW TO FREEZE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

This slow cooker chicken noodle soup lasts for 3-4 days in the fridge. And the good news is you can easily freeze leftover slow cooker chicken noodle soup for quick family meals.   Here are some tips for how to freeze chicken noodle soup:

  • allow the soup to cool completely. You may want to transfer to a large bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  • freeze in either gallon – or quart-sized freezer bags or freezer safe containers for easy thawing and storage.
  • leave enough space at the top of the bag to allow for expansion during freezing. Squeeze as much air as possible out of the top of the bag and seal securely.
  • place the soup-filled freezer bags in the freezer, in a single, flat layer (using a rimmed baking sheet is helpful). Allow to freeze completely. Then, stack them on top of each other or standing side by side.
  • thaw bags of frozen soup in the refrigerator overnight when ready to reheat.

I recommend not freezing the zucchini noodles along with the soup and, instead, making them fresh when it’s time to reheat.  That way, they maintain the best texture.

Horizontal image of a bowl of slow cooker chicken noodle soup, ready to be eaten.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup (A Healthy Meal Option!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is made with zucchini noodles for a healthier, gluten-free, and low-carb soup recipe.

Categories: Crock Pot, Dinner, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Slow Cooker, Soup
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: crockpot chicken noodle soup, healthy chicken noodle soup, slow cooker chicken noodle soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • 2 tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken with the sea salt and pepper.
  2. Place seasoned chicken into the slow cooker.
  3. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, celery, and chicken stock, and stir to combine.

  4. Add the bay leaf, and then cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender..

  5. Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and shred, using two forks.
  6. Add the spiralized zucchini noodles, thyme, and rosemary, and stir to incorporate.

  7. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low heat for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the zucchini is mostly tender.

  8. Add the lemon juice and parsley, and stir together.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup (A Healthy Meal Option!)
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 366.9mg15%
Carbohydrates 9.9g3%
Fiber 19g76%
Sugar 3.9g4%
Protein 25.2g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup (A Healthy Meal Option!)

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for your recipes!! I live in Greece at the moment and we have been following several of your recipes. Everything has come out delicious!

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