This Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles recipe is a family favorite and always my go to when my mind is blank on meal ideas. It’s super easy and loved by everyone!
Confession Time: My name is Jennifer and I am not a bargain grocery shopper.
I know I should be but I’m not, so when the opportunity arose for me to go shopping with a dietitian and at 3 different grocery stores to compare prices……….I panicked, in all honesty! But this was about a process and sharing how we raise food so I was all in!
I loved getting to know Ashley, over at Simply Designing when I got the opportunity to show her our farm, so going grocery shopping with her would be fun too! Now as for the dietitian, Kim Galeaz, well I’m probably a dietician’s worst nightmare.
But if I had to go grocery shopping with a dietician, Kim is the one for me! She said I could eat potatoes – frozen in any shape. Everything is fine just in moderation. I also learned that frozen and canned vegetables are just as healthy if not more so than fresh, because they are picked and processed at their peak. And she introduced me to Mini Wheats Chocolate – hello whole grain and chocolate!
I did laugh when she reviewed my recipe and had 2 questions for me:
Why the stick of butter?
UMMMMM because it’s butter, but I suppose if you wanted to eliminate it from the recipe you could!
Why do you use chicken base or bullion instead of broth?
Because chicken broth is heavy. Do you know how many times you touch each item in your groceries – pick it on the shelf, out of your cart to pay, put the bags in your cart after you pay, out of the cart and into your car, out of the car into the kitchen and then finally out of the bags to put them away! I also think it’s a little cheaper to use the bullion and I’m always sure to have it on hand when I need it whereas when I buy the broth I usually only buy exactly what is needed at the time. Salt content is higher in bullion but can be countered for by not adding additional salt to the recipe.
Now on to the recipe and shopping trip. We visited Kroger, Walmart and Earth Fare. I normally do my grocery shopping at either Kroger or Walmart, so for me it was interesting to shop for the exact same items as both of these places to see if there is a cost difference.
In this case the difference was negligible – right under $20 for each one – chicken was higher at Kroger but noodles were a tad cheaper, it was that way for several items so while as a whole Kroger was thirty cents cheaper in the grand scheme of things for me it was six one way half-dozen the other. Also keep in mind the chicken base I purchased will last for several meals, as will the butter and the peas.
Earth Fare was a completely different story. I am all about choice – we talked about nutritional differences or lack there of between organic and non-organic, there are none and Kim confirmed this. However, if it is a choice you make with your food dollars I have no problem with that, it just isn’t how I choose to spend my money.
There is a lot of information in this collage of pictures but the prices tell a story all in their own:
I ended up not purchasing any food from Earth Fare for several reasons:
- I personally found the prices outrageous and beyond what I was willing to spend.
- I don’t feel the need to buy organic and definitely not pay a premium for it.
- And they didn’t have a few items I needed – frozen noodles for one!
But now for the good stuff: Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
This day I served it with mashed potatoes, because I love mashed potatoes! I could live on mashed potatoes…….but I digress. The shopping trip and price of this meal did not include them. It did include the peas and this meal serves our family of 5!
Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
- 3-4 boneless chicken breasts - thawed or frozen, both work
- 1 can Cream of Chicken
- 1 stick of butter
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 24 ounce package of frozen noodles
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in crock pot except the noodles, cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. About an 1-2 hours before serving add the noodles and stir.
- *You can substitute dry noodles for the frozen but they don't take as long to cook.
This recipe shared on Southern Plate’s Meal Plan Monday Recipes Link #2!