This is my homemade creamy chicken noodle soup recipe. It's a lightened-up version but you'd never know it— family and friends rave about it! It's made in one pot and freezes perfectly!
1cupchopped yellow onion (about 1 medium)
1 and 1/2cupsliced or chopped carrots (2-3 large carrots)
1cupsliced or chopped celery (3-4 stalks)
3garlic cloves, minced
1teaspoonfresh thyme, minced
1 and 1/2teaspoonssalt
1teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
3(32 ounce)low-sodium chicken broth
2 and 1/2cupsshredded chicken
1 and 1/2cupmilk*
1(8 ounce) bag wide egg noodles (about 4 cups)
Heat the butter in a 5 quart or larger pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes to allow the vegetables to soften. Add the oregano, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir together and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Next, add the broth. Give everything a stir and scrape the bits up from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil, without stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Add the noodles and shredded chicken. Cook the noodles until tender— about 6-8 minutes.
Combine the milk and cornstarch by stirring together until no lumps remain. The best way to do this: add the cornstarch to a large measuring cup or bowl, then add the milk slowly while stirring. Add the milk/cornstarch mixture to the soup. Allow the soup to cook for 3-5 minutes until the milk incorporates into the soup and it thickens slightly. Take the soup to see if it needs more seasoning.
Serve the soup warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Make Ahead & Freezing Tips: Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You may need to add more chicken broth or water as you warm it up— I usually do. The noodles soap up the liquid as it sits. The soup freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator the day before, then heat on the stove. You can also put the frozen soup in a crockpot on low for 4 hours.
Slow Cooker Option: Add 1-1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, spices, and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. About 30-40 minutes before you want to eat, remove the chicken breasts and shred them, then place them back in the slow cooker with the milk/cornstarch mixture and egg noodles. Give it a nice stir. Allow to cook until the noodles are al dente— start checking at the 15 minute mark. It can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes.
Milk: You can use any milk fat or dairy-free milk. To keep it dairy-free, use ghee instead of butter.
Chicken Broth: I prefer to use low-sodium chicken broth. If you choose to use regular, you may need to reduce the salt and taste as you go.
Chicken: Feel free to bake and shred your own chicken but I find that using rotisserie chicken is easier.