Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Bowl of chicken noodle soup with spoon resting inside

I spent Sunday afternoon on the couch, lounging, prepping (final hospital bag organization for the win!) and watching movies.

I stumbled upon Father of the Bride II when searching for something to watch while folding laundry, and I’m so glad I did. I don’t know about y’all, but I remember adoring that movie when I was a kid. Obviously, I decided to watch it.

If you haven’t seen the movie, the basic premise is Annie, the Banks family’s child who got married in the previous movie, is pregnant… and her mom finds out that she’s pregnant shortly after her daughter. The two babies are due a month apart, and the movie is all about the families prepping for their new family members in hilarious fashion and ending with both babies’ arrival.

It got me crazy excited about Lady Baby, even though I’m fairly positive some depictions in the movie were way off. Like needing the A/C so low in the summertime that our home was an igloo and my husband was running around in a winter coat. Granted, I wasn’t 8-9 months pregnant during the summer, so I can’t attest to how this would be, but even during the dog days, I was cold.

In fact, I’ve been perpetually cold throughout pregnancy.

And because of this, I’ve been making all kinds of warm, fulfilling soups and stews. Even during the summer.

Overhead view of soup in a bowl next to a spoon on a plate

Chicken Noodle Soup.

It’s the ultimate comfort food, and it’s something that I have desperately wanted various times throughout this pregnancy, even though the weather hasn’t really reflected normal Chicken Noodle Soup weather.

Winter has been strange in Texas this year. We’ve had days that were close to 80°F, only to have temperatures fall below freezing the next day.

It makes no sense, and this week has been one of those weeks where the weather has been a bit schizophrenic.

And because of this? I want soup.

Bowl of chicken noodle soup on napkin next to a spoon

This recipe was originally thrown together one day when we had various things happening. I made it on the stovetop, though I’m sure you could do the searing and sautéing on the stovetop, then move it all to the slow cooker and simply throw in the noodles right before you were ready to eat.

It’s a dish that you can make on the fly and that’s ready pretty quickly without needing a ton of work or babysitting. In fact, the most work you’ll do is chop the veggies and cook the chicken before throwing everything into the same pot and letting it simmer.

Sound good to you?

Here’s how I made it:

Bowl of chicken noodle soup with spoon resting inside
Yield: 6 servings

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nothing beats a bowl of homemade soup when you're craving comfort food. Whether you're feeling under the weather or just needing something warm and cozy, this Chicken Noodle Soup cooks up fast and hits the spot!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 8 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 ½ cups rotini, cooked via the packaging's instructions to al dente
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat a tablespoon of the olive oil.
  2. Season the chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper, then sear until the outsides are browned. Remove from the pan.
  3. Add the additional olive oil, and sauté the vegetables until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chicken back to the pan, then pour in the chicken stock.
  5. Bring the stock to a simmer, then lower the heat to low.
  6. Cover the Dutch oven, simmering for 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. When ready to eat, add the rotini, and enjoy immediately!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 34g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Overhead view of chicken noodle soup in a bowl next to a spoon

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4 Comments

  1. This is so weird, but I have never made chicken noodle soup. I KNOW. There’s something about it that seems out of reach and intimidates me a little bit, which I know is ridiculous. Your recipe seems totally doable. I guess it never occurred to me how simple and good this could really be. I’ve been making a lot of chili this winter, as it’s my go-to cold weather meal. If you haven’t tried it, there’s an Ina Garten recipe for her friend’s chili (I think it’s titled “Devon’s Award-Winning Chili” or something similar) that will rock your world. It’s incredible.

    1. Wait, WHAT?! I totally get being intimidated by making a homemade classic dish… but it’s really not that hard! It took me a long time to work up to it, too, and I’ve still got some kitchen fears that need conquering, so I can’t really throw stones. 😉

      Gah. I love chili so much, and I am going to look up that Ina Garten recipe because it sounds perfect for the weather we’ve been having in Dallas! Thanks for the recommendation, lady!

  2. im always craving chicken noodle soup but always too lazy to make it because most recipes call for a bajillion ingredients. thanks for sharing a short and simple recipe!

    ps: i was so close to dunking my face into my monitor, that soup looks toooooo gooood

    1. I’m glad this looks so good to you that you were close to dunking your face into your monitor! Like you, I get annoyed when I find a recipe that sounds good but calls for a bajillion ingredients for something that seems so simple… and this soup is a winner. We’ve got a ton of it in our freezer, too!

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