Our crockpot chicken and broccoli will quickly become a family favorite. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are slow-cooked with a blend of chicken broth, milk, and seasonings. Egg noodles and broccoli are added before serving. Comfort food that’s a complete meal in itself.
We can all agree there are easier things in life than finding simple meals that are also kid-approved. Kids can be the pickiest of eaters. Crockpot Chicken and Noodles is a slow cooker recipe that has all the flavor kids want with the simplicity parents need.
Serve this dish for a delicious and filling meal. This recipe will be requested again and again by your kids! It is comfort food the whole family will enjoy.
If you are looking for more tasty comfort food recipes, you have to check out our family favorites: Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie Recipe, Crock Pot Mac n Cheese, Gluten Free Comfort Foods, Baked Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole and Chicken A La King Recipe.
Table of Contents
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup milk (we use 1%)
- 3 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1 teaspoon dry minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup potato flakes (optional)
- 8 ounces wide egg noodles, (cooked per package instructions)
- 1-2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
How To Make Chicken and Broccoli
- Prepare the sauce. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken broth, milk, chicken bouillon, minced onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Microwave for 3-4 minutes then whisk to combine the chicken bouillon.
- Combine the ingredients. Place chicken thighs into the slow cooker. Pour the sauce on top. Cover. Cook thawed chicken on high for 2-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
- Shred the chicken. Once cooked, shred the chicken or dice into bite-sized pieces.
- Add noodles and vegetables. Add cooked egg noodles and steamed broccoli. Serve.
PRO TIP: If you’d like to thicken the sauce, whisk 1/4 – 1/2 cup potato flakes into the sauce in the slow cooker.
Chicken and noodles has steamed broccoli added for a punch of color and nutrition. As a dietitian, I highly recommend finding ways to boost vegetable intakes in a delicious way. This recipe does just that!
Broccoli is not the only tasty option, however. It can be swapped with any of the following vegetables:
- Green peas
- Green beans
PRO TIP: The smaller you chop vegetables to add to recipes, the less likely your kiddos will pick out each piece.
- Flavor Variations: You can customize the sauce by adding other seasonings and ingredients to suit your taste. Consider adding herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley for extra flavor. You can also add a splash of white wine or a teaspoon of Dijon mustard for a different dimension of taste.
- Protein Choices: While the recipe calls for chicken thighs, you can also use chicken breasts or a combination of both based on your preference. Just be mindful of the cooking time, as chicken breasts may cook faster than thighs.
- Vegetable Options: Don’t limit yourself to just broccoli. You can add a variety of vegetables to the dish, such as carrots, peas, or bell peppers. These additions can provide color, flavor, and nutritional variety.
- Gluten-Free Option: If you’re following a gluten-free diet, make sure to use certified gluten-free egg noodles, or you can substitute them with gluten-free pasta of your choice.
- Thickening the Sauce: If you choose to thicken the sauce with potato flakes, start with a smaller amount (1/4 cup) and gradually add more if needed. This way, you can control the thickness of the sauce to your liking. Cornstarch or a gluten-free flour blend can also be used as thickening agents.
- Garnishes: Consider garnishing your dish with some grated Parmesan cheese or fresh herbs like parsley or chives for an added burst of flavor and presentation.
- Meal Prep: This dish can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a quick and convenient meal. Simply reheat portions in the microwave or on the stovetop as needed.
- Side Suggestions: Serve your chicken and noodles with a side salad, garlic bread, or a simple fruit salad to complete the meal.
Yes. The chicken thighs can be swapped with boneless, skinless chicken breasts based on your family’s preferences or what you currently have at home.
Cook on high for 2-4 hours for thawed chicken or 4-6 hours for semi-frozen chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours for thawed chicken only.
It is! Kids love the creamy noodles combined with the juicy chicken. Plus, very rarely do they pick out the broccoli from this tasty dish.
We recommend following steps 1-3 the day before (do not add the noodles or broccoli). Then, on the day you are serving this dish, reheat the chicken in a microwave safe bowl or by adding back to the crockpot on low for 1 hour. Add cooked egg noodles and steamed broccoli to the cooked chicken and serve.
This dish is a complete meal in itself and does not require any side dishes. Want to serve a side dish? A slice of crusty bread or side salad pair extremely well.
First, allow any leftover chicken and noodles to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the dish into an airtight container, making sure to seal it tightly to prevent moisture loss and the absorption of other odors from the refrigerator.
Store the container in the refrigerator, which should be set at a temperature of 40°F (4°C) or lower. Leftover chicken and noodle dishes are typically safe to refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
If you have a significant amount of leftovers that you won’t consume within that timeframe, consider freezing them for longer-term storage. To freeze, place the dish in a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bags. Be sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Label the container or bag with the date to help you keep track of storage times. When stored in the freezer, the dish can remain safe to eat for 2-3 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy your leftovers, thaw frozen portions in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Reheat the chicken and noodle dish on the stovetop or in the microwave until it reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
More Crockpot Meals
- Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes
- Easy Crockpot Potato Soup
- Healthy Chicken and Rice Crockpot
- Chicken Quinoa Crockpot Casserole
- Crockpot Creamy Pumpkin Chili Recipe
- Slow Cooker Fajita Recipe
CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli Recipe
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs ✅
- 1 1/2 cup chicken broth ✅
- 1/2 cup milk we use 1%
- 3 cubes chicken bouillon ✅
- 1 teaspoon dry minced onion ✅
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ✅
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4- 1/2 cup potato flakes ✅ optional
- 8 ounces gluten-free egg noodles, cooked per package instructions
- 1-2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
- Prepare the sauce. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken broth, milk, chicken bouillon, minced onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Microwave for 3-4 minutes then whisk to combine the chicken bouillon.1 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon dry minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 3 cubes chicken bouillon
- Combine the ingredients. Place chicken thighs into the slow cooker. Pour the sauce on top. Cover. Cook on high for 2-4 hours (thawed chicken) 4-6 hours (semi-frozen chicken) or low for 6-8 hours (thawed chicken only).1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- ⭐️ Shred the chicken. Once cooked, shred the chicken or dice it into bite-sized pieces. If you'd like to thicken the sauce, whisk 1/4 – 1/2 cup potato flakes into the sauce in the slow cooker.1/4- 1/2 cup potato flakes
- ⭐️ Add noodles and vegetables. Add cooked egg noodles and steamed broccoli. Serve.8 ounces gluten-free egg noodles, cooked per package instructions, 1-2 cups broccoli florets, steamed