Healthy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Sometimes I just want my dinner to give me a hug without asking questions. That’s when I make a pot of Healthy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup.

Easy Healthy Creamy Chicken Noodle SoupCreamy Chicken Noodle soup embraces without explanation. It doesn’t try to solve my problems, nor does it find it strange when I cry for no reason. It’s a girl’s best dinner friend: complete comfort, no pretense.

I first made this recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup while being dominated by the worst stomach bug I’ve had in years. Nothing tasted appealing to me (except, ironically, these Chocolate Mint Brownies), and the last thing my body was prepared to tolerate was standing at the stove for a sustained interval.

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This easy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe saved me. You see, the ironic thing about chicken noodle soup is that, the time when you most need it—when you are sick, weak, and generally feel as if the world is rejecting you—is also the time when you’re least equipped to cook for yourself. Fortunately, this easy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe requires only about six minutes of sustained effort. Once the veggies are chopped, the rest of the recipe consists of throwing things into the pot and sitting immobile as they simmer.

Rather than fuss with a cream-sauce base, the method used to thicken most creamy chicken soup recipes, I simply stirred in a can of evaporated milk during the last 10 minutes of cooking. It adds richness to the soup, keeps the prep minimal, and limits the dishes to a single pot. Plus, it makes the soup lean, mean, and new year’s resolution-friendly.

In fact, this soup is so slim, we have room to add bling. I topped my soup with crunchy blue tortilla chips (is it just me, or do they taste better than the yellow ones?), cilantro, and shredded chipotle cheddar cheese, but feel free to adjust these to suit your soup preferences. The only thing you really need for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is a spoon.

Healthy Easy Creamy Chicken Noodle SoupMake it a big spoon.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

A quick and easy recipe for a healthy creamy chicken noodle soup that’s ultra comforting and tastes great leftover too!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked egg dumpling noodles
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crushed tortilla chips, shredded pepper jack cheese, and cilantro, optional for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Sauté the carrots, celery, and onion until beginning to soften, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for 1 minute, stirring continually. Slowly stir in the broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, noodles, evaporated milk, salt, oregano, and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook the soup for 10 minutes, until the noodles are al dente.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and cilantro.

I’m also sharing this recipe on the Tablespoon blog.

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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 8)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 243 Calories
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Sodium: 761mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 28g

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Soup’s on!

About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

34 comments

  1. This looks great Erin. Love the garnishes. Pinned!

  2. I could use a whole pot of this soup in my face right about now. A large spoon and extra blue tortilla chips for me, please!

  3. Looks so good! Never heard of a really quick chicken soup. Will be trying!

  4. I was sick with the flu a few weeks ago and definitely had that “I need chicken noodle soup but cannot possibly even think about cooking it right now” moment. This definitely will be my go-to next time I find myself in that state ;) But honestly, it looks so good I may just have to make it sooner. Happy New Year, friend! Hoping 2015 is your best year ever.

  5. Umm, chicken soup plus CHIPOTLE cheddar cheese? That sounds incredible!!

  6. This looks so good! I am a sucker for any chicken noodle soup.

  7. Love this soup! It’s like chicken noodle with a southwestern twist. Beautiful pictures :)

  8. Yum! I definitely need a hug from a big bowl of this soup with all this cold, wet weather we’ve been having!

  9. I should cook your soup. Looks so good. My children love chicken soup.. this is definitely perfect recipe for my family:)

  10. There no better comfort soup than chicken noodle! I want a big bowl NOW!

  11. I’m a chicken noodle soup freak! I love this version!

  12. Home made chicken soup is my go to when I’m not feeling well or just want to feel cozy. This looks wonderful!

  13. Love it! Will add this to my to-make list this winter. Nothing is better than a good chicken noodle soup, sick or not!

  14. Right now it seems that everyone is sick. My husband and I just got over the flu that we had over Christmas time and during that week we ate chicken noodle soup all the time. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

    Happy 2015 lady!

  15. Haha, I love that the bling in this soup are the blue tortilla chips. I’ve never tried using evaporated milk for creamy soups, so I’ll definitely give it a try!

  16. This looks fantastic – and you are so right that the time when you need soup most is the time you’re least equipped to cook. Hopefully I won’t catch a cold anytime soon, but I’ll keep this in mind if I do! Thanks, and happy new year :)

  17. This is soooo pretty, Erin! And I love the evaporated milk tip!

  18. We’ve just returned home to WI and were welcomed by snow this morning! so soup is on the brain for me. . this looks fabulous!!! My husband also caught a nasty stomach thing or maybe he ate something bad while we were in Dallas .. anyway, hope you are feeling better and heading over now for the recipe!

  19. This looks so hearty and delicious!!!

  20. I LOVE me some homemade chicken noodle soup and I am obsessed with your version! It looks so amazing and tasty! Pinned :)

  21. The blue chips definitely taste better than the yellow ones! This soup looks wonderful!

  22. Gak!!! Sorry about the stomach bug. Really sorry. Great soup. Love the noodles that were chose and the blue chips for something different. I never tire of this flavor of soup.

  23. That looks really really good! Those photos, goodness, I just want to grab a spoon and dive right in!

  24. Love your version of chicken noodle! It is so cold here right now, I am practically hibernating and totally in need of comforting food like this :)

  25. This chicken soup looks great and super comforting! I could use a big bowl of this right now!!

  26. Dear Erin,  I hope you are feeling good.  
    I think this soup sounds like a perfect pick-me-up.  I like the added tortilla chips on top and the cheese too.  The creaminess adds a bit of richness to the soup as well.  Great soup!
    xo Catherine 

  27. I made this on Tuesday thinking it would be enough to eat and have for the freezer. My kids loved it so much that they all had seconds, including my 4 year old who was eating dinner for the second time after spending the evening with his grandfather. My husband didn’t get to eat at all (he works nights in the ICU ) and he is begging me to make it again so he can try the soup the kids keep telling him about! Great recipe! Looking forward to the time you put together a cookbook! For now, I have the recipes in page protectors in a binder!

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