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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: