quick & clean chicken noodle soup.

by Janetha on October 10, 2013

in recipes


it’s been raining all day.

i drove about 20 minutes on the freeway to meet my friends for lunch and i was legit white knuckling it the whole way. hate driving in sheets of rain.

i almost didn’t go to the gym.. but i did drag myself there.. i mean, i’d been sitting indoors all day, moving just a little bit was probably a good idea.

so.. yeah. it’s cold. and wet. and my poor, sweet husband works outdoors. bless his soul.. i could NEVER do that! he’s tough.

sooo.. we had a meal plan switcharoo and i made this quick, comforting, healthy chicken noodle soup. SO good. SO perfect for the damp, drizzly evening. (actually, i had soup for lunch, too! soup is just so good on rainy days.)


quick & clean chicken noodle soup
makes six large servings

(i totally cheated and bought a bunch of pre-chopped, pre-cooked ingredients.. so we will call this semi-homemade. it came together quickly and was delicious, which is all that really matters!)


  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 14 oz diced onion, celery, and carrots (pre-chopped from the store.. you can find this at target, trader joe’s, whole foods, probably any grocery store) OR 1 onion, 5 stalks of celery, 3 large peeled carrots.. all chopped up!
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 4 oz wide egg noodles
  • 3 bay leaves
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp each of salt and pepper
  • 16 oz rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. heat a large, deep pot (i used my le creuset dutch oven) over medium heat.
  2. add veggies and garlic, sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. add broth and bring to a boil. boil 5 minutes. 
  4. add noodles, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. bring back to a boil.
  5. reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until noodles are cooked through.. about 5-8 minutes.
  6. stir in chicken. add more salt & pepper, if needed.
  7. enjoy!


this recipe has great stats! lots of protein from the egg noodles and chicken. the sodium content may be higher than you are into, but you can always leave out the added salt! check it out:

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there are plenty of leftovers for tomorrow. hoping it’s not quite as rainy… but at least it’s friday! hooray!


1. what is your favorite kind of soup? 

2. i say “comfort food”.. you say “fill in the blank”.

xo. janetha g.

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Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Comfort food? My mums cooking all the way!

My favourite treat not sure if its comfort food is definitely a good slice of carrot cake with cream cheese icing :)

That soup looks yummy, very comforting indeed!

Katie October 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Love chicken noodle soup…there is nothing that warms me up like a big bowl of it. I have been STRUGGLING to eat protein during this pregnancy, so maybe a hearty portion of this will do the trick!

Erica October 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

mmmmmmmmm. I love love soup. Looks delicious. My favorite kind of soup? I’m not sure I could pick one- I really like black bean, butternut squash, chili, vegetable, cauliflower! Anything that warms me up always feels like comfort food: soups, coffee, any sort of bake

Suzanne October 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm

1. Tomato
2. Mashed potatoes.

Lisa October 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I adore chicken soup. This looks so awesome for those rainy days! And we’ve been having a ton lately.
I don’t even think I can choose a favourite though, since I’m a pretty big fan of almost any soup presented to me! Especially this time of year!
My comfort foods are anything with carbs…toast, muffins, banana bread, pancakes, oatmeal, um yah so lots of things.

emily October 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

1. Callaloo! It’s a Caribbean stew made with tons of okra.
2. Popcorn. It’s the perfect comfort food because you can take nice big handfuls.

Linz @ Itz Linz October 11, 2013 at 5:28 am

mmm can’t go wrong with chicken noodle soup! that’s definitely comfort food – especially when i’m sick! homemade is clearly the best, too!

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 11, 2013 at 6:31 am

This soup looks great and I love that you used a rotisserie chicken. :) My favorite soup is matzah ball soup.

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

comfort food – pretty much anything my mom makes! Her lasagna and her beef stroganoff come to mind.
And as for soups, I’m a huge soup fan – especially in the fall/winter! my favourites are butternut squash and Italian Wedding.

Tina @ Best Body Fitness October 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

I am such a soup lover in the fall and winter. I could eat soup every night probably…well except for a required pizza night every now and again. ;)

Just pinned this and can’t wait to make it!

Nicole C October 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

I love black bean soup and it’s really easy to make so that’s a plus!

You say comfort food and I say corn bread, cup of tea and add a huge blanket while you’re at it. :) Happy Friday too!

Ashlee October 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

I am so making this for dinner! I have a ton of rotisserie chicken sitting in my fridge already shredded. I’m excited! I didn’t know what I was going to do with all of it.

Annette@FitnessPerks October 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love soup when it’s colder out too!! Esp chicken noodle. Mmmmmm!

Katie October 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

Favorite Soup… Pumpkin or Squash.

Comfort Food— PB & J , & Donuts …Basically Carb central ;)

Deanna October 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

My husband is a chef and sometimes HE uses the prechopped stuff when he’s cooking for the 2 of us! He says the extra $ is worth the time you save…

Nicole @ FruitnFitness October 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Oh I love chicken noodle soup! The smell of chicken noodle soup alone is so comforting.

sarah @ sarah learns October 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

yep – totally making this soup this week. thank you for the recipe!

Jena@21days October 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

1. Minestrone. but chicken with egg noodles might come out in the lead after I try this one.
2. Warm baked goods.

LG October 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

We made this for dinner tonight. It was GREAT! Neil says you’re a food genius and he’s right. :0)

Janetha October 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

awwww :) thanks for the compliment.

ali moll October 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Love this recipe Janetha! So easy and like you said, great stats! Thanks! :)

Cassie @RedLetterDaye October 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I tend to like creamy/chowder based soups, but I can’t decide on one. Although Panera’s seafood bisque just popped into my head, though I haven’t had it since highschool I did have a great corn chowder this weekend in Vermont. Mmm.

To me, Chicken and Dumplings is the ultimate comfort food, and I make my sisters recipe about once a month. It’s like a soup/stew perfection, and so easy, and not too bad on the waistline.

I just bought some whole wheat egg noodles (for extra fiber) to have with beef stroganoff, thinking they aren’t that great for you, but I just realized they pack some protein in them, yay!

betty (the sweaty betty) October 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

made this sunday night and Barbara and I LOVED IT! thanks for sharing the recipeee!!

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