Chicken Noodle Soup Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Picture a cold, busy evening when you and your family yearn for something warm, soothing, and delicious. With this make-ahead Chicken Noodle Soup in your freezer, you can have a satisfying dinner on the table in minutes.
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In today’s fast-paced world, finding time to prepare a nutritious and hearty dinner can be challenging, especially for parents and individuals juggling various responsibilities. That’s where freezer meals come to the rescue, and our Chicken Noodle Soup Freezer Meal is the perfect solution.

This freezer meal offers not just convenience but also the wholesome goodness of a homemade soup. Picture a cold, busy evening when you and your family yearn for something warm, soothing, and delicious.

With this make-ahead Chicken Noodle Soup in your freezer, you can have a satisfying dinner on the table in minutes.The nostalgia of Chicken Noodle Soup and the most nutritious remedy that you will find for a sick day, this Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect example of what you can make ahead and use when the time comes.

Busy schedules, and sickness, are seasons of life, and this recipe will allow you to breathe at ease knowing you have the perfect meal waiting for you. 

Our recipe combines tender chicken, nutritious vegetables, and a flavorful broth, delivering a comforting experience with every spoonful.

Whether you’re dealing with hectic workdays, kids’ schedules, or simply want to enjoy a bowl of homemade soup without the cooking stress, our Chicken Noodle Soup Freezer Meal is here to make your life easier.

Prepare it in advance, store it in the freezer, and savor the convenience of a quick and delicious dinner whenever you desire. Say hello to stress-free meal planning and cozy evenings with our freezer meal at your fingertips.

Why you’ll Love this Make Ahead Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Sick Days Savior
  • Delicious Comfort Food
  • Budget-Friendly
  • Traditional Classic Recipe
  • Freezer Meal Friendly
  • Nutritious
Chicken Noodle Soup Freezer Meal
Hannah Stewart
Picture a cold, busy evening when you and your family yearn for something warm, soothing, and delicious. With this make-ahead Chicken Noodle Soup in your freezer, you can have a satisfying dinner on the table in minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
Ingredients
  
Ingredients:
  • 2 lb bone-in chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 12 cup broth of preference I use chicken broth (Water will work too if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley Use 2 tbsp fresh parsley if desired
  • 8 oz pasta noodles of choice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
Instructions
 
Prep/freezer Directions:
  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients, except broth and pasta noodles, into labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.
Cooking from Frozen Directions:
  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Add 12 cups broth and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. (May need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen, be sure to check temperature of chicken).
  • Add pasta noodles during the last 30 minutes cook time.
  • Remove chicken, shred or chop meat and remove bones (if necessary).
  • Stir chicken back into the soup and serve!

Notes

  • Top off your soup with sour cream, fresh parsley or parmesan cheese!
  • Great served with a slice of artisan bread on the side!
Keyword Chicken Noodle Soup, crockpot dinners, Fast and Easy Dinner, freezer meals
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Equipment Needed to Make Family Friendly Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag

Ingredients Needed for your Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 2 lb bone-in chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 12 cup broth of preference I use chicken broth (Water will work too if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley Use 2 tbsp fresh parsley if desired
  • 8 oz pasta noodles of choice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

How to Make a Chicken Noodle Soup

Freezer/Prep directions

  1. Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  2. Add all ingredients, except broth and pasta noodles, into labeled gallon freezer bag.
  3. Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking directions

  1. Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  3. Add 12 cups broth and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. (May need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen, be sure to check temperature of chicken).
  4. Add pasta noodles during the last 30 minutes cook time.
  5. Remove chicken, shred or chop meat and remove bones (if necessary).
  6. Stir chicken back into the soup and serve!

What to serve/pair with your Convenient Chicken Noodle Soup

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Protein Variation: Instead of bone-in chicken thighs or chicken breasts, you can use boneless chicken thighs or chicken breast tenders for a quicker cooking time.
  • Gluten-Free Noodles: If you’re following a gluten-free diet, opt for gluten-free pasta noodles or rice noodles instead of regular pasta noodles.
  • Fresh Celery: If you have fresh celery available, you can use 1-2 stalks of chopped celery instead of celery seeds for a crunchier texture.

Additions:

  • Fresh Vegetables: Enhance the soup’s nutritional value by adding extra vegetables like diced zucchini, bell peppers, or spinach for added color and flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs: Along with dried or fresh parsley, consider adding fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for extra aroma and taste.
  • Lemon Zest: Just before serving, zest some fresh lemon into the soup to brighten up the flavors and add a touch of citrusy freshness.

These substitutions and additions can add variety and customization to your Chicken Noodle Soup while maintaining its deliciousness as a freezer meal.

How to Reheat and Store Chicken Noodle Soup after cooking?

Best Way to Store Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup leftovers?

Storing Chicken Noodle Soup leftovers the right way is crucial to keep it fresh and tasty. So, here’s the lowdown:

First off, let your Chicken Noodle Soup cool down to room temperature. We don’t want to raise the fridge’s temperature too much, right? Give it about two hours on the kitchen counter, but don’t go beyond that – food safety first!

Once it’s cooled, get your trusty storage containers or resealable bags ready. Now, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. That way, no pesky freezer burn can sneak in! And make sure those containers are leak-proof, so you don’t end up with a mess in the fridge.

Now, if you’re planning on being a freezer-meal ninja, that’s cool too. Pop that Chicken Noodle Soup in the freezer, and it’ll stay awesome for 2-3 months. Just follow these steps, and you’ll have a delicious, hassle-free meal waiting for you whenever you need it. Mama’s gotta have her quick and easy dinners, right?

How long will Chicken Noodle Soup last in the fridge?

When you adhere to the right cooling and storage steps, your homestyle beef leftovers should retain their freshness for about 4 to 5 days.

Can I freeze Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup?

If you’re planning to enjoy it within a few days, your trusty fridge is the way to go. But, if you’re thinking long-term, freezing is your friend. To freeze your Chicken Noodle Soup, follow the same cool-down process you’d do for the fridge. Let it chill at room temperature – but remember, not more than 2 hours, to keep those food nasties at bay.

Once it’s cool, grab a freezer bag, and in goes the soup. Squeeze out that extra air to dodge freezer burn (no one wants that!). Don’t forget the date label – it’s your little timekeeper in the freezer.

Now, if you’re feeling super organized and want to turn this into a raw freezer meal, you’re a freezer meal superhero! Toss all the ingredients into a labeled bag, except the broth and pasta noodles, squeeze out air, seal it up, and it’ll be your dinner savior for the next 3-6 months.

Easy peasy, right? Happy cooking.

How to Reheat Make-Ahead Chicken Noodle Soup?

Reheating your leftover Chicken Noodle Soup is a breeze, and you’ve got two trusty methods to choose from: stovetop and microwave.

Stovetop Method: Grab a saucepan or pot that’ll fit your soup – no need for a giant cauldron here! Pop it on the stove and set the heat to low-medium. Toss your Chicken Noodle Soup in there and give it an occasional stir to keep things heating evenly. If it looks a tad thick or lost some moisture in storage, add a splash of water or broth to reach your soup-sational consistency. Keep heating until your soup starts to gently simmer. Once it’s bubbling away, let it simmer for a few more minutes to make sure it’s thoroughly warmed up. 

Microwave Method: Grab a microwave-safe container and transfer your desired soup portion in there. Cover it up with a microwave-safe lid or a plate. Use medium heat in short 1-2 minute bursts, stopping to give it a good stir between each interval. Keep going until your soup reaches your ideal temperature. Just be careful not to go overboard, as overheating can mess with the texture and flavor.

Both methods are winners, so pick the one that suits your mood and time frame. Enjoy your cozy soup, buddy

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