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Comforting Copycat Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles is one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. With thick, amish noodles, it’s pure comfort food!
We love eating out together as a family. To put away phones and simply sit around a table in a restaurant (and have someone else serve you!) creates in me a satisfying, peaceful sigh. It’s so good.
But when you have a family of 5, it can often get expensive to eat out often. And sometimes sickness keeps you home. It’s in those times when it can be fun to recreate a favorite restaurant recipe together as a family.
Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles is one of my favorite restaurant meals because it is so comforting. Thick Amish-style noodles, shredded chicken, rich buttery broth and just a few basic veggies. And better yet? It’s made in the slow cooker. Fix & forget. So there’s nothing at the end of a long day preventing you from relaxing with your family.
Plan for about 7 hours on low or 4 hours on high for cooking this soup. But please note….don’t add the noodles until there is about an hour left in cooking. Otherwise they will get too soft.
Add the chicken, chicken broth, and butter to a slow cooker. Really? 1 stick of butter? Yes. Just do it. It makes the broth so rich and flavorful.
Then cut up the celery, carrots, and onions. We use yellow or white onions. We’ve used red onions in a pinch, but they do have a much stronger flavor. Add them to the slow cooker.
Add your pepper and salt. Now this can be to taste. The broth will have salt and if you use salted butter that will also add salt. You can wait to add salt to each bowl at the end if you are limiting salt intake.
Let it simmer in the slow cooker for 4 hours if you put it on high, or 7 hours if you put it on low.
With 1 hour remaining, remove the chicken and shred it with a fork.
Then put the chicken back in and add the noodles. We like to buy Amish noodles (we’ve done both wide and thin cut) or you can buy frozen Reames homestyle noodles. If you buy those, follow the instructions on the back of the package you buy for how long to cook them.
The noodles will be ready in about an hour.
**Scroll underneath the recipe for serving ideas and substitutions.**
Add the chicken broth, chicken, butter, carrots, celery, onion, pepper and salt to the slow cooker.
Cook this on low for 7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Remove the chicken and shred it with a fork.
Return the chicken to the slow cooker and add the noodles to cook for another hour.
The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 10, with 1 serving being just under 2 cups of soup. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**
Yes! We often use stock instead of broth. And you can also use chicken bouillon cubes in a pinch. Use one cube per cup of water for a deliciously rich broth.
Can you use frozen vegetables?
Yes. We almost always use fresh vegetables, but you can use frozen mirepoix or mixed vegetables in this recipe. Note: If they are finely diced you may want to wait to add them so they don’t end up mushy.
What other noodles can you use?
We’ve used dry Amish noodles, egg noodles and frozen Reames noodles in this recipe. You can also use pasta of any kind if you’d like.
Does this recipe keep well?
As the soup sits, the noodles will continue to absorb liquid and thicken. The second day it will be more like a stew than a soup, but it is still delicious.
Other Chicken Soup Recipes
If you love homemade soup with chicken, try one of these other recipes:
This was sooooooo gooooood!!
I’m going to adapt it (cause I don’t have a chicken at the moment) and use canned Bowman-Landes turkey and turkey broth.
Thanks for an idea for my supper tonight!!
Grandpa will LOVE it!!
Absolutely love this recipe. Not only is it like Bob Evans but a small family restaurant in our community that was better than Bob Evans and went out of business. Thank you! Making it tomorrow.
Made it once and it was AWESOME!!! Making it again this week.
Home made noodles is so easy, my 9 year old daughter made this meal many tiimes and the recipe for the noodles is only egg, egg yolks, flour, salt, and enough water to make a firm ball. Roll them out and cut with a pizza cutter, drop in boiling chicken & broth, cool until not doughy.
Can you use chicken breast with the skin on then remove when done to shred?
Everyone is leaving great reviews for this recipe but I can’t. We made it this evening and followed the recipe to a “T”. The only difference was that we didn’t have time for the slow cooker, so we used our pressure cooker.
Cooked all ingredients except the noodles for 20 minutes. Then added the noodles and cooked for an additional 10 minutes. Everything was done using these times.
Our only complaint was that this was very, very bland. No flavor at all, and we can’t put our finger on what is missing. Any suggestions?
Made this recipe then did a taste test against Bob Evans chicken noodle soup. Everyone agreed this was even better than bobevans! I couldn’t believe it!
If you’re making this with frozen noodles is a hour enough time for the noodles to be okay
Since we would not eat it all immediately, could we cook the noodles separate and add as we eat the broth.?
I like the chicken soup idea….for exactly that reason. Going to try it today. Did you put the noodles in at the time you put the other ingredients or wait till an hour before? Any one tried it from the beginning? Just wondering which way to do it. Thanks!
I never know if you use cooked noodles or dry noodles in any recipe with noodles. Can you let me know. Thanks.
Lizzy – Did you use dried or frozen noodles?
I add a little garlic. Just before serving I thicken it with corn starch. I f I am in a hurry I fix it in a dutch oven on the stove. It is great either way.
Insanely delicious!!!!!!!!! I use chicken broth instead of water and added about 2x the chicken. Made homemade noodles. Got tied up and didn’t get to the slow cooker so simmered it on the stove. Seriously incredible. Thx for the great recipe!!!!!!!
Looks like comfort in a bowl. SO inviting!