Copycat Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles

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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.

bowl of chicken soup

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.

I’ll walk you through the easy steps to make this ultimate comfort food soup!

ingredients for chicken soup

How to Make Chicken & Noodles

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.
chicken soup in the slow cooker
  • With 1 hour remaining, remove the chicken and shred it with a fork. 
shredded chicken on a cutting board
  • 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.

chicken noodle soup in a bowl

**Scroll underneath the recipe for serving ideas and substitutions.**

Love this soup? Try it with potatoes in our Chicken Potato Soup recipe.

bowl of chicken and noodles
bowl of chicken and noodles

Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles {Copycat Recipe}

4.50 from 10 votes
Comforting Copycat Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles is one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. With thick, amish noodles, it’s pure comfort food!
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 9 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 16 ounces homestyle noodles

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Serve.

Video

Notes

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.**

Nutrition

Serving: 432g | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 634mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1983IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 449
Keyword comfort food, crockpot, slow cooker recipe

Adapted from Food.com

Can you make chicken & noodles in the instant pot?

Yes! This recipe is much quicker in the Instant Pot. Here’s how to do it:

  • Add the chicken stock, chicken, butter and veggies to the IP.
  • Put the lid on your pot, set the steam release knob to the seal.
  • Press the manual, or Pressure Cook button and then set to high pressure, 12 minutes.
  • When the 12 minutes is done, allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • Release remaining pressure, then remove chicken.
  • Add the noodles into the IP with the cooked broth. Stir well. Set the IP to saute to keep the broth warm. The noodles will take about 10 minutes to soften. Stir several times during this 10 minutes.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork and add it back in while the noodles are softening.

What to Serve with Chicken and Noodles

This recipe is perfect served with a side salad and fresh homemade bread. Here are a few favorites:

And try some homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use stock instead of broth?

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:

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Donna Pierce-Clark
9 years ago

YEPPER!
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!!

Love you!!
Grandma Clark

Donna Pierce-Clark
9 years ago

By the way, I love the very simple way of being able to print out or to save your recipes.

You have no idea how extremely helpful your blog is to me!!!

Love,
Grandma Clark

Norma Wires
9 years ago

This is a great recipe! I have made it many times. It is easy to make to take to church dinners and everyone loves it! The only thing is, I never have any to bring home!

Kim Killett
9 years ago

Thanks soooo much. I just bought a large capacity slow cooker today. And this gorgeous looking chicken noodle soup will be my first project! Can’t wait! Will let you know how my family enjoyed it. Text to you soon Kay-Kay

Sue McKenzie
9 years ago

There is only one way to improve on this recipe and that is by adding 1 or 2 cans of cream of chicken soup to the broth. This gives this recipe the creamy texture that Bob Evans has and is unbelievably good! Serve it over mashed potatoes and you will have Bob Evan’s Knife and Fork Chicken N Noodle dinner! (Forget the biscuit and you’ll have more room for the noodles!). If you don’t want to make your own noodles, try the frozen ones in the frozen food section at your market!

Emily Boehnlein
8 years ago

Hello,
I stumbled upon this recipe today bought all of the ingredients and want to make it tomorrow since we’re supposed to be having a cold front coming through. My crockpot isn’t big enough to hold 9 cups of chicken broth, however, I do have a large 12 qt stock pot that I want to make it in instead. My question is, should I just cook it for 3 hours then since I’m not using the crockpot?
Sincerely,
Emily Boehnlein

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
8 years ago

Looks like comfort in a bowl. SO inviting!

Mrsdarcy
8 years ago

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!!!!!!!

Carol Winsell
6 years ago

5 stars
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.

Debra
6 years ago

Lizzy – Did you use dried or frozen noodles?

Janet Downing
6 years ago

I never know if you use cooked noodles or dry noodles in any recipe with noodles. Can you let me know. Thanks.

Dave Colee
5 years ago

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!

Marge
4 years ago

Since we would not eat it all immediately, could we cook the noodles separate and add as we eat the broth.?

Tara
3 years ago

If you’re making this with frozen noodles is a hour enough time for the noodles to be okay

Emery
3 years ago

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!