Whenever someone from my family feels under the weather, I whip up a quick batch of this creamy chicken noodle soup. It’s easy to make and I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand – which is great when I don’t have a lot of time to cook because I need to look after everybody who isn’t well.
I know that making soup in the instant pot is all the rage these days. And I do it, too! I love making Potato Soup in my Instant Pot, or Beef Barley Soup. Mainly because the potato soup turns out extra creamy, and the barley takes ages to cook otherwise.
But chicken noodle? Eh. I prefer making it on the stove, or in the slow cooker (see my Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup for that!). It’s just such a quick and easy soup to make, I find it beyond annoying for the pressure cooker to reach boiling point, ha!
Please tell me if you have a reason for me to change my mind about this… And I’ll gladly give it another try! But for now, I’m happy with this easy stovetop version, and with the crockpot one for days when I don’t have any time to cook right before dinner.
This is the kind of creamy chicken noodle soup you want to positively eat every last drop of, so I like serving it with a hunk of No Knead Bread, or maybe some Garlic Herb Rolls or Honey Butter Cornbread if I don’t have time to wait for a yeasted bread.
However you’re going to serve this soup, it’s like a hug in a bowl. And best of all, it’s ready in a flash, from scratch, no condensed soup needed!
Comfort food in its simplest form! Do yourself a favor and make this creamy chicken noodle soup for a warm and cozy meal - you will not regret it! Filled with chicken, vegetables and egg noodles, this is one of our favorite fall and winter meals.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 28oz chicken broth
- 28oz evaporated milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 24oz frozen mixed vegetables
- 16oz egg noodles
- Make soup base: Place butter in a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pan over medium heat until melted. Whisk in flour until smooth and foamy (make sure it doesn't brown).
Whisk in the first can of chicken broth, whisking vigorously. The flour will seize up at first, but just continue whisking until smooth.
- Cook chicken: Once smooth, whisk in the remaining can of broth, and both cans of evaporated milk. Add all seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through - about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken.
- Finish soup: Once chicken is cooked, remove it from the soup and place it on a chopping board. Shred with two forks, then add back to the soup. Stir the frozen vegetables and cooked noodles into the soup and simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through.
Evaporated Milk: If you don't have any evaporated milk on hand, you can also use regular milk - the soup will just be a little less thick/creamy. I recommend whole milk, but a lower percentage fat will work (but be even less rich). You can also do half and half or a mix of milk and heavy cream.
Dried onion and garlic powder: I know there's always a few people who get upset about these, and ask why they can't use fresh... Well, you absolutely can in this recipe! Chop an onion and mince some garlic and lightly sauté them in the melted butter before adding the flour to continue with the recipe as written. I choose to use powdered here because it's much faster when I'm already running behind, and my kids... Refuse to eat bits of onion.
Frozen Vegetables: Many blends work well, but I most recommend a California or Country blend, or soup vegetables. My blend has corn, peas, carrots and cauliflower. I think it's creatively named "mixed vegetables".
Chicken: Chicken thighs work well in this soup, too. I prefer skinless for soup, and it will take longer to cook - about 35 to 40 minutes.
In case you need to thicken your chicken noodle soup further: If your soup isn't thick enough to your liking once it's done, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2-3 tablespoons cold milk to make a slurry. Slowly stir this into the simmerig soup, only adding as much as you need to reach your perfect consistency.
Make Ahead Instructions:
Soup is a great meal to make ahead. But if you're planning to cook this for later, make sure you don't add the pasta until right before serving - otherwise it will continue to absorb liquid, making the pasta mushy and the soup dry.
Let the soup cool enough so it stops steaming (it may spoil other contents of your fridge if you refrigerate it hot!), then refrigerate without a lid in shallow containers to encourage faster chilling. Once cold, cover tightly with lids and eat within 2-3 days.R
Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until steaming hot all the way through. You may need to add some extra broth if the soup is too thick after it has been in the fridge.
I recommend freezing the soup and pasta separately, then combining them before serving.
Let the soup cool enough so it stops steaming, then refirgerate in shallow containers to encourage faster chilling. Once cold, you may transfer it to a single freezer-friendly container, label with the name and use-by date (freeze for up to 3 months) and freeze.
For ease, you can also pre-cook and freeze the pasta in a separate container.
To reheat, defrost the soup and pasta separately in the fridge overnight. Reheat the soup on the stove until bubbly and steaming hot all the way through. Stir in teh defrosted pasta and cook for 4-5 minutes, until heated all the way through.
Note: If you're wondering about cooking and re-freezing frozen vegetables, the USDA says it's OK here. If you're not comfortable with it, that's completely fine! Just use a refrigerated vegetable mix or chop your own, and cook them the entire time with the chicken.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 114mg Sodium: 663mg Carbohydrates: 33g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 30g