10/07/21

Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot)

This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!

Anytime I want quick comfort food, this is my go-to recipe. I almost always have the ingredients in the pantry and a few chicken breasts in the freezer or fridge so when I’m craving something easy and comforting, you can bet this is what I’m making!

I decided to make it for you last Friday and was pretty bummed that the store-brand egg noodles I bought cooked way faster than the ones I usually buy so everything wasn’t as picture perfect as I’d hoped (the next time I make it, I’ll buy my usual noodles so you can see it in all its glory!).

Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot) - This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!

I’d just finished taking the photos about the time The Angel Baby and The Boy would be rolling in from the high school down the road. As I was cleaning up, I blinked and EIGHT hungry teenagers were standing in my kitchen.

Evidently, everyone was hanging out at our house before the big football game which was totally fine except I wasn’t expecting them. These kids, especially the boys, have grown used to Ms. Mandy always having plenty of good food around so my heart fell a bit when I didn’t have anything to offer them.

Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot) - This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!

You probably think I’m crazy for that but when you’re someone like me who genuinely loves to feed people, hungry teens are the absolute best people to have around your kitchen! Plus, I love these kids and have watched a lot of them grow up since they were in kindergarten.

I grabbed a loaf a bread and cheese and started heating a skillet to make them grilled cheeses and reluctantly lifted the lid on the Chicken & Noodles to see if anyone wanted some. Since they’re kids, the dish was almost cold and already not my best batch, I didn’t expect them to want any.

WRONG! Some started with a polite, I’ll try a little, others filled their bowls full, but by the time they left a few hours later there wasn’t even a broken piece of noodle left in that pot! God bless their little hungry hearts, they made my day!

Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot) - This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!

HOW LONG DO THE EGG NOODLES NEED TO COOK?

I’ve made this dish dozens and dozens of times in the past without jotting down the recipe. When I made this batch (with the purpose of documenting the recipe and taking photos for you) I used store-brand egg noodles and was shocked at how quickly they cooked and started to fall apart.

I typically use Mueller’s brand or No Yolks and have to cook the noodles about 5 minutes to parboil them then let them rest for another 20 until they’re the perfect texture. The store-brand noodles were practically disintegrating after cooking for just a few minutes (you can see that the noodles look overcooked in these photos… GGGRRRRRRRRR!!!).

I suppose it’s a good thing this happened to me, otherwise I would have written the recipe based on the better noodles and you may have ended up with a pot of mush and been cussing me if you used the store-brand noodles.

My advice is to use Mueller’s or No Yolks wide or extra-wide egg noodles because evidently, all egg noodles are not created equal! 

Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot) - This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!
IF YOU LOVE ONE-DISH COMFORT FOOD RECIPES LIKE THIS, BE SURE TO CHECK SOME OF MY OTHER FAVORITES TOO!

Carolina Chicken Bog - A one-pot recipe of rice, chicken and smoked sausage cooked in a flavorful stock made from slow-cooked chicken. 

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings - An old-fashioned recipe for tender stewed chicken in a rich stock with soft dropped dumplings or use the same recipe for rolled and cut dumplings.

Southern-Style Crock Pot Chicken & Rice - An easy slow cooker recipe for a Carolina favorite made with tender stewed chicken and long grain rice. 

Creamy Chicken & Potato Soup - An easy comfort food recipe for creamy chicken and potato soup that eats much like a chowder and feels a lot like home!

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy - An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for tender chicken with savory gravy perfect served over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice.

Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot) - This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!
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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups (32-oz) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 10-oz cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 12-oz bag egg noodles
INSTRUCTIONS
STOVE-TOP
  1. Add broth, water, salt and remaining spices to a large pot or dutch oven then mix well.
  2. Place chicken breasts and butter into broth, cover, then heat over medium heat until broth starts to boil. Reduce heat to low then continue cooking, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from broth to cool.
  3. Once chicken is cool, cut into bite-sized pieces or shred with two forks; set aside.
  4. Add cream of chicken soup to broth then whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil then add egg noodles and chicken.
  5. There’s no need for all the noodles to be submerged as they will sink into the broth as they cook and soften. Once simmering, reduce heat to medium, cover then cook for 2-5 minutes or until the noodles are approximately halfway done (too firm to eat but can be bent in half without breaking).
  6. Turn off the burner, keep covered, then let the pot rest until noodles are done and sauce has thickened a bit. The amount of time needed for the noodles to finish cooking can range from 5 minutes to 20 depending on the size, thickness, quality, variety, etc. of the noodles.
CROCK POT
  1. Add broth, cream of chicken soup, water, salt and remaining spices to a large slow cooker then mix well.
  2. Place chicken breasts and butter into broth, cover, then cook on Low for 5-6 hours or High for 2-4 hours. Remove chicken from broth to cool.
  3. Increase crock pot temperature to High (if not already set there) and cover while chicken cools.
  4. Once chicken is cool, cut into bite-sized pieces or shred with two forks. Add chicken and uncooked noodles to crock pot.
  5. Gently stir to coat noodles. Cover then continue cooking for 20-40 minutes or until noodles are done, gently stirring once or twice to ensure the noodles cook evenly.


28 comments:

  1. That looks like pure comfort food. I am not surprised the boys gobbled them up. I can't wait to make a batch.

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  2. This is delicious! A little bit soupier than I thought it would be but so good!

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  3. Hey! Don't feel bad, as "I too" got caught with using those "egg noodles they sell at the dollar stores....Grrrrr.Never again "just to save 75 cents....Thank goodness I "didn't have company that day, but I was still upset...Like "you" I show my love by "cooking", and I am the best cook, baker....My son is "grown now and a father, yet we still will have a "guys weekend here at "mamas' house" ...with the 5 guys he went to school with who "ate at our home "many many times"...Its "so nice that as "adults they all "want to spend time here with us.Though "grown men in their early "30's and early 40's...They are still "my extended children".Enjoy!

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  4. So good! A little soupier than expected but absolutely easy and delicious

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  5. This recipe looks so delicious. Great meal for the fall. Make extra chicken breast and freeze them for another day when your to busy or to tired to cook a big meal. This one is good any time for any day meal. My sons would kill for a pot of this goodness.

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  6. Just curious: why does the chicken need to cool since it's going to be added back in and heated again? It seems like a waste of time.

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    1. So you can handle it, but more importantly, so it won't be dry. If you cut into it when it's hot, all the moisture is released.

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    2. Its easier to shred & won't burn yourself

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  7. Second time making this. It's so,so good !!

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  8. I made this last night OMG it was absolutely delicious and so easy! The only change I made was I only has onion salt so I used that and eliminated the plain salt. I will definitely make it again

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  9. I made this last night OMG it was absolutely delicious and so easy! The only change I made was I only has onion salt so I used that and eliminated the plain salt. I will definitely make it again

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  10. Awesome just made it for dinner tonight

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  11. Hi - this doesn’t say when to add the soups for the crock pot. Do I add them after removing the chicken to cool?

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    1. GAH! I left it out (sorry!)! You would have added the soup with the broth and water. If you're in the process now, just heat the soups then add to the crock pot at whichever step you're in. I just updated the recipe.

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  12. When using this recipe in the crockpot, it doesn't mention using the cream of chicken, is that a mistake or not suppose to use it?

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    1. I just updated the recipe (sorry!!) You would have added the soup with the broth and water. If you're in the process now, just heat the soups then add to the crock pot at whichever step you're in.

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  13. Can this be cooked in an Instant Pot?

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  14. I love this recipe and believe it or not I used pappardelle pasta!! Nice and hearty and tonight I am trying mafalda ;)

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  15. Chicken and noodles are a favorite at our house all the time. Yours look delicious. My mom always made them from scratch but I have never seemed to have good luck doing that. I use the Ramen frozen noodles and they always turn out. Your recipe looks so good right now because it is is cold, windy and blowing snow here today. I do have all of the ingredients, so this will be supper tonight. I'm cheating though because I have frozen rotisserie chicken breasts. Thank you for your recipe.

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  16. Do you know how many carbs is in the recipe?

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  17. My kids and I absolutely LOVE this recipe! They get really excited whenever I tell them that I’m making it. I would imagine, though, that this would be pretty good with some carrots, celery, onions maybe. Would you have an idea of when would be a good time to throw in some chopped veggies? Maybe in the same time that the chicken is initially cooking? Thank you!

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    1. If you have time, I'd sauté them in butter then add with the noodles. If not, then yes, cook with the chicken. I'm so happy to hear they love it!! That just made my day!

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  18. Silly question, but if I’m using rotisserie chicken, I I still have to boil it or can I skip this step, shred it and add it in after the cream soup?

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  19. Christina H6/29/22, 2:28 PM

    My husband grew on chicken and noodles and when I made this recipe he said it was just like from when he was a kid! 😊
    Although, he always has to eat his on top of mashed potatoes! I skip the potatoes and the extra carbs. I use canned chicken to make it easier on busy days!

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  20. This was AMAZING!! I made it in the crockpot. The only thing I may do different next time is a little less butter. It was a hit with my entire family.

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  21. Made these today. Very very good. It’s difficult to find chicken noodles that aren’t soup. Saving this with a star beside it!

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  22. This dish was so amazing, my family adored this dish. Talk about comfort foods.

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  23. Hi, Mueller’s egg noodles weren’t available - I bought Mrs. Miller’s Old Fashioned Wide Egg Noodles. They seem a little thicker, will they soak up more of the broth? I noticed a comment that said it was soupier than expected - so now I am debating if I should use the whole bag (16 oz) instead of 12? Any suggestions?

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy