Classic Chicken Soup (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

There is no better cure for anything than Chicken Soup. The chicken and broth warms the soup, and the vegetables brighten everything up. It’s a classic for a reason! Plus this Slow Cooker Chicken Soup is simple to make and easily freezes!

Classic Slow cooker chicken soupClassic Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

I am SO excited about this soup. Growing up in a Jewish home, chicken soup was a staple (and still is) for holidays and anytime someone started to come down with something. I’ve eaten A LOT of chicken soup in my day, and this is hands down my favorite. PLUS, it’s literally the easiest recipe to throw together. It has all the flavors of your classic chicken soup just like grandma used to make. Packed with tons of veggies and tender chicken, this classic comfort soup is perfect for anytime you need to warm yourself up on a chilly day.

Crockpot Chicken Soup Ingredients

  • Whole Chicken
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fresh Dill
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bay Leaf

Classic chicken soup in the crockpotHow to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

What I love most about this recipe is how simple is to make. Simply:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Shred the meat off of the chicken, and stir back into the soup.
  3. Serve hot, or cool down before storing in the refrigerator.

Want to make it faster in the Instant Pot?

  1. Place veggies in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  2. Top with chicken, herbs, and spices.
  3. Add 6 cups water.
  4. Push ‘Soup’ and let cook for 30 minutes. Let slow release or use quick release.
  5. Shred chicken, discarding skin and bones.
  6. Adjust salt and pepper as desired.
  7. NOTE: For frozen chicken, cook for 40 minutes.

Should Noodles be Cooked before Adding to Soup?

While this recipe doesn’t specifically call for noodles, you could add them if you want. If you cook the noodles in the soup they will suck up most of the broth, so it’s best to cook noodles separately. However, it’s better to add the noodles directly to single hot bowl of soup instead of to the whole pot because the noodles will continue to suck up the liquid of the soup and become waterlogged.


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Classic Chicken Soup

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 480
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 carrots, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 3-pound whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, more for salting the chicken and more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Place garlic, carrots, onion, and celery into the insert of your slow cooker.
  2. Pat chicken dry and season generously with sea salt, then add the chicken into the slow cooker.
  3. Add in the water, dill, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
  4. Set on low for 8 hours.
  5. Once done, discard the bay leaf and remove the chicken to shred. Discard the skin and bones.
  6. Place chicken back into the slow cooker. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.


  • I buy pasture-raised chickens whenever possible.


  • Serving Size: 6


October 16, 2016

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29 Responses

  1. Been looking for a good chicken soup recipe, can’t wait to try later this week. Suppose to cool down a bit in Florida. Could you use chicken breasts and if so would you leave whole or chop first? And if you wanted to add noodles when would you do this? Thank you so much for all your great recipes!

    1. We’re working on adding nutritional data. In the mean time, feel free to use any free online calorie calculator like myfitnesspal! Serving size for soup is usually about 1 cup.

  2. First of all, your cinnamon bun muffins are a staple for my 3 yo each week! Such a great switch from his daily morning Little bites before our lifestyle change. Yuck!

    I searched more of your recipes knowing how much we loved that recipe!
    I made your chicken soup last night- and it’s a game changer! Soooo yummy! I was nervous about just water, but it turned out delicious! It’s my new chicken soup recipe!
    So light, and yummy! And no more chicken broth boxes!
    Thanks so for your amazing recipes!
    I’m making your sheet pan steak fajitas tonight! 🙂

    Next, I think I need to just buy your book! Ha!

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