Not only does this chicken noodle soup recipe utilize the crock pot for a set-it-and-forget-it easy dinner, you can also prep all the ingredients ahead of time and store them away in the freezer to pull out on a day where you forgot to plan dinner. That's a meal-prep win! Just make sure you thaw the food before adding it to the slow cooker--otherwise it will remain at an unsafe temperature for too long.

Hilary Meyer
Source:, October 2017


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool.

  • Meanwhile, place chicken, onion, carrot, celery and thyme in a sealable gallon-size freezer bag. Place the cooled noodles in a separate sealable gallon-size freezer bag. Freeze both bags until ready to use. Let the bags defrost in your refrigerator for 1 day before cooking (see Tip).

  • Combine the chicken mixture, broth and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker (reserve the noodles). Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours. Add peas during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

  • Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken into the soup along with the noodles, dill and lemon juice. Garnish with more dill, if desired.


To make ahead: Freeze the prepared bags (Step 1) for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator for 1 day before cooking (Step 2).

Tip: Want a faster thaw? Place the frozen chicken mixture (in its sealed bag) in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. You can also thaw the pasta this way, but be sure to use separate bowls to avoid cross contamination.

Nutrition Facts

327.4 calories; protein 36g 72% DV; carbohydrates 32.6g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 5.4g 22% DV; sugars 5.7g; fat 4.5g 7% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterol 67.7mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 3458.3IU 69% DV; vitamin c 12mg 20% DV; folate 37.3mcg 9% DV; calcium 49.3mg 5% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 41.9mg 15% DV; potassium 609.8mg 17% DV; sodium 677.6mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV.