Chicken Noodle Soup (Classic or Immune-Boosting!)

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Colander of gluten-free noodles next to bowls and a Dutch oven of chicken noodle soup

When it’s chilly outside or you’re feeling under the weather, nothing is quite as comforting as a big bowl of soup. Especially when it involves noodles and reminds you of childhood. This super delicious and adaptable chicken noodle soup recipe can be made a few ways — 1) keep it classic, 2) include the optional ginger and turmeric for extra immune support, or 3) replace some of the chicken with white beans for a fiber boost!

Made in 1 pot with 10 simple ingredients, this soup is the answer for weeknight meals, chilly weather, and incorporating more homemade broth, or to have on hand whenever you’re craving comfort in a bowl. Let’s make soup!

Olive oil, chicken broth, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, ginger, noodles, and chicken thighs

History of Chicken Noodle Soup

Versions of chicken soup have been enjoyed around the world for centuries and have a long history of use as a remedy for colds and other illnesses.

Most chicken soup recipes consist of chicken broth, chicken meat, vegetables, and some form of starch — noodles, dumplings, root vegetables, or grains. And though noodles in chicken soup existed long before the 1900s, the term “chicken noodle soup” is thought to have originated from a radio advertisement by Campbell’s Soup Company in the 1930s.

The following is our inspired version with options for keeping it classic, infusing with healing spices, or bulking it up with beans.

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Just like classic chicken noodle soup, this version begins with sautéing onions, carrots, celery, and garlic for a flavorful base. You can cut them any size you want, but we love small, bite-sized pieces.

Sautéing vegetables and aromatics in a Dutch oven

Inspired by the “Medicinal Chicken Noodle Soup” from Food Front Co-Op in Portland, we love adding ginger and turmeric to this soup. Thyme is also lovely! Not only do these herbs and spices contribute healing properties, but they also add delicious flavor.

  • Ginger – best known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects
  • Turmeric – rich in a potent anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin
  • Thyme – has a long history of use for supporting respiratory health
Pouring chicken stock over sautéed vegetables

Next come the flavor essentials: salt and pepper plus your choice of broth or stock. We love the robust flavor of homemade (bone broth or Instant Pot), but store-bought works just fine, too!

Using tongs to add boneless skinless chicken thighs to broth

Then for the chicken, you can use either breast or thigh meat. It cooks in the broth, infusing it with flavor and making it easy to shred or cut into bite-sized pieces. Or if you have leftover cooked chicken around, you can repurpose it by adding it to the soup a little later in the cooking process.

Stirring chicken noodle soup in a Dutch oven

All that’s left to do is add your favorite noodles and slurp any sickness away! Note that if you’re not serving the soup right away, it’s best to keep the noodles separate so they hold their texture.

Using a ladle to add chicken soup to noodles

We hope you LOVE this chicken noodle soup! It’s:

Comforting
Brothy
Flavorful
Nourishing
Adaptable
& SO easy!

What to Serve with Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is pretty much the definition of comfort in a bowl, but if you want to step up the comfort level even more, pair it with your favorite carb-y side! Think flatbread, biscuits, garlic bread, roasted potatoes, or even a simple slice of buttered toast.

If you’re feeling more in a veggie mood, try it with a side of roasted cabbage, kale salad, or arugula salad.

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Close up shot of a bowl of chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup (Classic or Immune-Boosting!)

Nourishing chicken noodle soup made in 1 pot with 10 simple ingredients. Comforting, brothy, and bursting with flavor. Gluten-free optional!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Bowls of chicken noodle soup topped with fresh parsley
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 (~2 cup servings)
Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (without noodles)
Does it keep? 3-4 Days (keep noodles separate)

Ingredients

NOODLES

  • 8 oz. pasta of choice (gluten-free friendly as needed // we like fusilli or bowtie)
  • 1 Tbsp salt

SOUP

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, diced (1 large onion yields ~3 cups or 450 g)
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped (3 stalks yield ~1 ¾ cups or 230 g)
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped (3 carrots yield ~ 1 ¼ cups or 150 g)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp freshly minced ginger (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (or double the amount if using fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 8 cups chicken broth or stock (homemade for best flavor // or sub bone broth or store-bought)
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (organic, pasture-raised when possible // or sub 2-3 cups leftover roasted chicken // or two 15-oz. cans drained white beans for a fiber boost)

GARNISH optional

  • Freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 Tbsp salt to the water for more flavorful pasta. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Then drain, toss in a little olive oil to prevent sticking (optional), and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop the veggies. Or if they’re already chopped, you can cook them in a separate pot while the pasta is cooking to speed up the process.
  • Heat the (now empty) large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and ginger (optional) and sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Stir in the thyme, turmeric (optional), salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth, raw chicken thighs or breasts (if using pre-cooked chicken, add it in step 6), and white beans (if using). Bring the soup to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (cook time will depend on the size of the chicken thighs or breasts and how quickly the broth comes to a simmer).
  • When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot and shred or dice into bite-sized pieces. Return the chicken to the soup and cook for 1-2 minutes longer. If using pre-cooked chicken, add it at this time. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the pasta between bowls, ladle in the soup, and garnish with fresh parsley (optional). Enjoy warm.
  • Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month — store noodles and soup separately for best texture. Reheat soup in a saucepan until warm.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with gluten-free brown rice noodles, store-bought chicken broth, chicken breasts, and without optional ingredients. It was also calculated with less salt because not all the salt in the pasta water gets absorbed.
*Inspired by Food Front Co-Op‘s Medicinal Chicken Noodle Soup and adapted from our 1-Pot Chickpea Noodle Soup.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 296 Carbohydrates: 37.9 g Protein: 23.1 g Fat: 5.7 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 62 mg Sodium: 408 mg Potassium: 504 mg Fiber: 2.9 g Sugar: 2.8 g Vitamin A: 5214 IU Vitamin C: 4.9 mg Calcium: 41 mg Iron: 1.2 mg

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    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad everyone enjoyed it! We hope your kids are feeling better soon! xo

  1. Cindy says

    This was really delicious! I used red lentil pasta and cooked white beans. I did use chicken broth and the turmeric and ginger. I would definitely make it again and I’m glad I have a little leftover for tomorrow 😊

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Cindy. So glad you enjoyed!

  2. Robin says

    I made this soup today for my mother-in-law who has the dreaded you-know-what virus and I must say, I have never been displeased with any of minimalist baker’s recipes, but this one was absolutely over the top! So delicious, comforting and perfect for this occasion. I could feel it warming my whole body from head to toe! And yes, I’m glad it made a big pot so that I was able to keep some for my family too. Win-win situation!! I printed the recipe and put it into my recipe lol because I will most definitely want to revisit! Thanks again for your superb recipes!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe so much, Robin. Thank you for your kind words and lovely review! We hope your mother-in-law is feeling better soon! xo

  3. Nicole Madsen says

    I made this soup yesterday afternoon for lunch and it was delicious! I made a few changes- no chicken. I added a large can of Navy beans. I also added some soy sauce to the soup (a couple tablespoons at least), and some peas. We all loved it and had it for lunch 2 days in a row! My toddler requested it the second day, she really loved the broth.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it with some modifications! Thank you for sharing, Nicole! xo

  4. Mire says

    Is there a way to get the picture of the recipe to be displayed when printing the PDF? I selected the picture option but it’s not showing up on the PDF. I tried other to print other recipes and the same thing is occurring.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mire! We’re not sure, but on our end we’re able to right click on the photo we want and select “open in new tab” then if we select that page (the black part next to the photo) we can right click and select “print”. Hope this helps!

  5. Sue says

    This was amazing. I wouldn’t have thought to add ginger or turmeric, but followed the recipe, and so happy I did. The method for cooking the chicken worked perfectly. Even with store-bought chicken broth, this was a winner.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erika, we haven’t tested that, but we think it would work if you cooked the noodles separately (if using gluten-free) or added them in the last 30-40 minutes (if not gluten-free). For best flavor, we’d suggest sautéing the onions, celery, carrots, etc. before slow cooking. We’d recommend cooking on low for 4-6 hours. Let us know if you try it!

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    • Sam says

      If you check her ‘about’ section, she states that this is not a vegan or plant-based exclusive website and that all eaters are welcome.

      She’s never once claimed to host an all-vegan blog so I genuinely have no idea where people keep getting this from.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      That would work! We’d suggest cooking on high pressure for 15-20 minutes and cooking the noodles separately on the stovetop.