A bowl filled with shredded chicken, kale, noodles, sliced carrots and chicken broth.

Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

Packed with vegetables, this Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe is a nutritious and delicious comfort food meal! 
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 523kcal
Author Tempie


  • 2 tbsp ghee or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin on split chicken breasts
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 large stalks of celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 medium cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock (homemade or good quality store-bought, such as Imagine Organic)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried rotini or egg noodles (use gluten-free noodles such as Jovial Foods Rotini for GF )
  • 1 pound of lacinato (Tuscan) kale, stemmed and chopped into 1/2 - inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  • Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • In a 5-quart dutch oven or soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on both sides, 5 to 8 minutes per side. Reduce the heat if the pan starts to scorch. Remove the chicken from the pan and set on a plate.  
  • Add the carrots, onion, and celery and 1/2 tsp of sea salt to the pan. Cook over medium-low heat until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more. 
  • Pour in the chicken stock and stir, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken back to the pot and bring to a simmer. Stir in the Italian seasoning and thyme. Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook until a meat thermometer placed into the thickest part of the breast reads 160 to 165 degrees, 10-15 minutes. 
  • Take the chicken breasts out of the pot and place onto a clean plate or cutting board. Let cool enough to where you can handle it, then remove the skin, and shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. 
  • Bring a separate pot of water up to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente, drain and set aside. While the chicken is cooling, bring the pot of soup back up to a simmer, add the chopped kale and let cook until kale is tender, 10-15 minutes. 
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the pot and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. 
  • Add the noodles to soup and stir together. (If you know there will be leftovers, do not add the noodles to the pot. Place some pasta into your bowl, then ladle the soup over it.) Stir in the parsley, check seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary, then serve. 


If you have leftovers, it's best to store the soup and noodles separately to avoid them swelling. Place into a bowl, drizzle some olive oil over the pasta and stir to coat the noodles. This will help keep them from sticking together.
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated Best Chicken Recipes
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