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

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And sometimes I need my dinner to be ridiculously easy and ready in less than 45 minutes from now.

That’s also when I make this thick, creamy chicken noodle soup.

This recipe embraces without explanation.

It won’t ask questions, and the only problem it will try to solve is what to make for dinner tonight.

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, and the last thing my body was prepared to tolerate was standing at the stove for a sustained interval.

Perhaps you’ve been there too.

This easy creamy chicken noodle soup recipe saved the day.

a bowl of easy creamy chicken noodle soup

5 Star Review

“This was perfect. My family devoured it and said they definitely want it again.”

— Marie —

How to Make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch

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 chicken noodle recipe requires only about 10 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 making a cream sauce, 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. I use the same method in my Chicken Gnocchi Soup too!

Evaporated milk thickens the chicken noodle soup, keeps the prep minimal, and limits the dishes to a single pot.

Plus, it makes this skinny creamy chicken noodle soup lean, mean, and New Year’s resolution-friendly.

Tip!

Want easy prep AND hands-off cooking time? Check out my Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup and Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.

a bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup with egg noodles

The Ingredients

  • Chicken. Tender, shredded chicken breast gives this soup its classic taste. Rich in lean protein, the chicken also makes the soup more satisfying. I have a wide variety of easy chicken cooking methods below, or you can purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

Tip!

Cut this recipe time even further by swapping in precooked chicken, made with one of these easy methods (or even store bought rotisserie chicken):

  • Egg Noodles. I stuck with tradition for this recipe and made this a creamy chicken soup with egg noodles. I love using egg noodles here because they take on the flavor of the soup but don’t get mushy. Opt for whole wheat noodles for extra fiber and nutrition.
  • Mirepoix. Celery, carrots, onion, and garlic make up the mirepoix for this recipe. These simple ingredients make chicken noodle soup taste like, well, chicken noodle soup! They also boost soup’s nutrition content.
  • Chicken Stock. The flavorful liquid base for this creamy soup.
  • Flour + Evaporated Milk. The answer for those of us thick soup-lovers who are wondering, “how do you thicken up chicken noodle soup?” All-purpose flour and evaporated milk is how I make my soup thick and creamy. The combination creates a delicious consistency and rich flavor, and it’s super easy to do.
  • Spices. Salt, pepper, and oregano elevate the overall flavor of the soup without distracting from the other ingredients.

Creamy Chicken Soup Toppings

While you can certainly keep this soup classic and enjoy it as it is, I love using toppings to create a southern style creamy chicken noodle soup: add cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, and pepper jack cheese.

Or, for more traditional toppings, use chopped fresh parsley and enjoy with simple crackers.

The Directions

Carrots and celery in a pot
  1. Sauté the carrots, celery, and onion. Add the garlic. Stir in the flour.
A healthy and easy soup recipe in a pot
  1. Add the broth, then bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Easy creamy chicken noodle soup in a Dutch oven
  1. Stir in the chicken, noodles, and remaining ingredients. Cook for 10 minutes. Add desired toppings and ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate soup in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers in a pot on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze soup in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, cook and shred the chicken and chop the mirepoix ingredients (carrots, celery, and onion). Refrigerate each separately in airtight storage containers.

A bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup with toppings

What to Serve with Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a bowl

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup?

For gluten free chicken noodle soup, swap the all-purpose flour for a 1:1 gluten free flour like this one and make sure your egg noodles are gluten free. Be sure to watch the cooking time as gluten free noodles may cook more quickly than regular noodles.

What Can I Add to Soup to Make it Creamy?

For ultra decadent soup, you could try making this into a creamy chicken noodle soup with cream cheese. While I haven’t tested it myself, I think it would turn out fine and would make the soup SUPER rich and creamy. Let the cream cheese come to room temperature and dice it into small pieces before adding it so that it melts evenly.

Can I Use Chicken Thigh Meat Instead of Chicken Breast?

Yes, you can swap cooked, shredded chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for this creamy chicken noodle soup.

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Easy Healthy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a bowl with a spoon

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

5 from 8 votes
An easy homemade healthy creamy chicken noodle soup recipe from scratch that's ultra comforting and packed with veggies. Great for meal prep!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins

Servings: 8 servings

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 can evaporated skim milk (12 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crushed tortilla chips, or shredded pepper jack cheese, and cilantro, optional for serving

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve warm, garnished with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and cilantro.

Notes

  • *To cook the chicken in the Instant Pot instead, see this post for Instant Pot Chicken. To cook the chicken in the oven, see this post for Baked Chicken Breast
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate soup in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers in a pot on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze soup in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8)Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 28gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8g

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  1. 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!

    1. This one is so great for weeknights or anytime you’re in a hurry and just not up for cooking. Hope you love it Andria!

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    1. I totally agree! Chicken noodle soup always makes me feel better when I’m sick, but I enjoy it when I’m healthy too.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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.5 stars

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

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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 

  17. 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!5 stars

    1. Hayden, I’m so happy to hear that your entire family loved this!! It makes my day :) Thanks so much for letting me know, and I hope you enjoy the second batch just as much!

    1. Hi Emily, this is really meant to be a quick heat it up on the stove type of recipe, but I think that with some experimentation you could make it in the crockpot, though I haven’t tested it this way. My best suggestion is to complete the recipe through step 1 on the stove, and then transfer it to the crockpot, add the ingredients in step 2, and cook until the noodles are done, which usually takes around 30 minutes in the crockpot. Basically you would be doing everything on the stove then just transferring it to the crockpot to cook the noodles and stay warm. It wouldn’t really save much effort, but if you’re looking to keep it warm for a while without having the stove on, that may work. (You also might be interested in this crockpot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup!)

  18. This is such a yummy and easy chicken noodle soup! I love the smoothness of it thanks to the evaporated milk! I actually had to leave the chicken out because I didn’t have any thawed and I wanted to make this immediately when I read it. I added a can of cannellini beans to give it some protein and it’s pretty good. I’d imagine next time when I use chicken it’ll be even better! Thanks for another great recipe!5 stars

  19. Quick easy and deliciously creamy! Love the cilantro on top, never thought of that before with chicken noodle!5 stars

  20. So yummy! So approachable and so delicious. I made this when 3/4 of my household (including me!) were sick, and Erin was right — most of the cook time was the soup self-simmering on the stove while I recuperated on the couch!

    Easy to make gluten free with cup-for-cup g-free flour and g-free noodles.

    This is the first well-plates recipe I’ve tried, and it was so do-able and so delicious, I can’t wait to try more!5 stars