Chicken and Noodles For A Crowd

Melt in your mouth chicken with tender noodles in a rich and creamy soup mixture makes the Best Chicken and Noodles for a crowd.

Generous bowl of creamy chicken and noodles on a red and white plaid napkin with a spoon.

Recipe For Chicken and Noodles In A Roaster

A simple chicken recipe is easily made in a roaster with egg noodles that cook in the broth to create a delicious one dish meal. Serve over mashed potatoes for a homestyle meal that is always popular.

This recipe makes about 40 generous servings, making it a great meal to serve at a local men’s shelter. Serve with more side dishes and these amounts will easily make Chicken and Noodles for 50 people.

We like to jump in the volunteer rotation at our church and serve warm meals like Sloppy Joes for A Crowd or Mac and Cheese in a roaster.

This big batch recipe cooks chicken breasts in an electric roaster until they shred easily. Whole chickens can be used, but it would take more time to cook and shred.

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Large silver serving spoon lifting a scoop of shredded chicken and tender noodles above an electric roaster full.

Remove the chicken and shred with forks.  Add the cream of chicken soup and butter to the roaster oven.  Once warm add noodles and cook until tender. 

We also like to make Brisket in a Roaster and Shredded Beef in a roaster with tomato juice for some of the most tender sandwiches you’ve eaten.

Why This Recipe Works

  • When using generous amounts of cream of chicken soup and plenty of meat the noodles almost disappear.  Until you take a bite then every bit of delicious flavor is enjoyable and noticeable!
  • The entire big batch chicken and noodles recipe is cooked in the roaster eliminating other kitchen appliances.
  • Cooking chicken breasts in an electric roaster is very easy. Adding cream of chicken soup and egg noodles creates a complete meal that is fairly easy.
  • A delicious and fairly economical way to share a meal complete with protein to a big group or at a homeless shelter.
Tender shredded chicken in a rich and creamy sauce with tender noodles in a bowl of chicken and noodles sitting on a red and white plaid napkin.

How Do You Make Chicken Noodles Taste Better

Cream of chicken soup and pepper, but let people add more pepper as they see fit.

Garlic powder and paprika are more favorite seasonings to add pizazz to chicken.

We use granulated garlic, granulated onion, salt and pepper in this recipe as the base seasoning mix. You can add as many herbs and spices as you like to change the flavor of the meal!

Granulated garlic, granulated onion, salt and pepper in a small glass bowl on a wooden counter top.

We start with this basic spice mixture and always serve with salt and a pepper grinder allowing guests to season to their preference.

How Do You Bulk Up Chicken and Noodles

Adding a can or two of shredded chicken that is drained and fluffed up or more egg noodles can help bulk up this meal.

How To Make Chicken and Noodles in a Roaster Oven

Add 1 gallon which is 16 cups of water, plus 4 additional cups (total of 20 cups of water) to a roaster oven set to 350°F.

Allow water to get hot and then stir in 2 tablespoons of Chicken Flavored Better Than Bouillon until dissolved. Can heat water in the microwave to speed up the process if running short on time.

The purpose is to make chicken broth. Since there is so much volume I prefer not to haul in all of the boxes of premade broth.

Chicken bouillon added to an electric roaster oven with a lot of water.

Next add seasonings, salt and pepper and stir well.

Roaster oven cooking a big batch of chicken broth.

Then add butter to the broth.

Trim fat from raw boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Use tongs to carefully set into hot water.

Tongs gently placing raw chicken breasts in seasoned broth.

Our 20 quart roaster holds about 15 chicken breasts weighing about 1 pound each.

Cover and cook for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours until a digital meat thermometer inserted in the center of several chicken breasts reads an internal temperature of 165°F.

15 chicken breasts cooking in chicken broth in a 20 quart roaster oven.

Carefully remove cooked chicken breasts to a couple of baking sheets or baking dishes to shred.

Making The Creamy Noodles

Keep the roaster set to 350°F.

Leaving the rich chicken broth in the roaster add cream of chicken soup and stir well.

Cream of chicken soup poured into seasoned chicken broth in a roaster.

While this mixture is heating up shred each chicken breasts. Use gloves and/or meat shredding claws or two forks, but take care not to burn yourself.

Cover the shredded chicken with foil and set in a warming drawer or in a warm, but not hot oven to keep warm.

Once the soup mixture is hot wait until 30 to 45 minutes before serving to add uncooked noodles to the roaster.

Wide egg noodles poured into a roaster with chicken broth.

Just like in our Spaghetti in a roaster, lots of liquid is necessary to cook the noodles properly.

Stir well and cook for 15 to 20 minutes total. For best results, the most even cooking and to prevent the corners from burning stir about every 5 minutes.

Once noodles are tender add cooked and shredded chicken to the roaster and stir well.

Tender shredded chicken breasts scooped into a roaster oven with a creamy broth mixture and cooked noodles.

The entire dish should be warm and ready to serve within 15 minutes.

Shredded chicken breasts cooking along with noodles in an electric roaster.

Turn down to the lowest heat setting or keep warm and serve within an hour for best results with the noodles.

Electric roaster chicken and noodles is one of the best comfort food for a crowd recipes that we make!

Recipe Tips

  • Have some extra chicken broth ready to add in case the noodles seem dry while cooking or serving.
  • When removing the lid from the roaster oven use mitts and tip carefully as there’s a lot of steam underneath that can burn your arm or face easily.
  • Stir, stir, stir often to cook noodles evenly and get the chicken to mix in well.
  • Can use more water and noodles with less soup and meat if needing to be more budget friendly, but this will change the recipe significantly.
  • After testing various options of roaster oven chicken and noodles we have the best results using bags of wide egg noodles instead of the thicker frozen Reames style noodles.
  • Roaster ovens vary greatly, some cook much hotter than others, so monitor closely and stir often as your appliance may be very different than the one we tested this recipe in.
  • The exact amount of people this recipe will feed depends on the size of the servings and how much food is served with it. I always make extra and giveaway or freeze leftovers after the party.
Creamy and delicious serving from a roaster oven of chicken and noodles for a crowd on a spoon above a white bowl.

More Recipes For A Crowd

Cheesy Potatoes For A Crowd is popular at most big gatherings in America.

Deli Meat and Cheese Tray use cold cuts to make sliders, sandwiches or snack type finger food.

Chicken Corn Chowder is another cheesy, flavor packed, yet simple chicken recipe for a crowd

Ham in A Roaster is most popular at Christmas to free up oven space, but works well anytime of the year for a nice party!

Close up of tender noodles with generous amounts of melt in your mouth shredded chicken in a bowl with a spoon.

Chicken and Noodles for a crowd

Servings 40 servings
Author: Jennifer
Melt in your mouth chicken with tender noodles in a rich and creamy soup mixture makes the Best Chicken and Noodles for a crowd.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 15 pounds chicken breasts
  • 20 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 80 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 48 ounces wide egg noodles dry, not frozen


  • Using a 20 quart roaster oven add water and set to 350℉. Once water is hot stir in bouillon until dissolved.
    20 cups water, 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • Add spices and stir until dissolved.
    2 tablespoons sea salt, 1 tablespoon pepper, 2 tablespoons granulated garlic, 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • Add butter to the roaster.
    1 1/2 cups butter
  • Use tongs to carefully set trimmed chicken breasts in the hot water in an even single layer.
    15 pounds chicken breasts
  • Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours until each breasts is cooked to an internal temperature of 165℉. I typically rotate the chicken from the edges to the center and the center to the edges once or twice to speed up and more evenly cook the chicken.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the water and place onto trays or dishes to shred. Carefully shred chicken after cooling a bit, cover with foil and keep warm once shredded.
  • Saving all of the broth in the roaster, add cream of chicken soup and stir well.
    80 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • About 45 minutes before serving add egg noodles to the soup mixture and stir ever 5 minutes until noodles are tender and nearly cooked. Then stir in shredded chicken.
    Stir often, serve warm and enjoy!
    48 ounces wide egg noodles


Calories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 42gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1015mgPotassium: 753mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 389IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg

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