Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup

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Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup with a vintage spoon and white linen napkin on

I was bragging to Jillian the other day as she was nursing her cold that I hadn’t gotten sick yet this season (a mini miracle with two kids) as I smugly stirred one of the dishes for our Christmas dinner.  And then BAM, just like a big slap of karma upside the head, I got sick.  Granted it was probably from drinking out of her wine glass over the holidays (I can never keep ours straight), but that’s the last time I say something ridiculous like that.  I had it coming.

So here I am, sniffling away looking like Rudolph wrapped up in 5 blankets, and the only thing I want is chicken noodle soup.  But I don’t want something out of a can.  But I also don’t want to slave over a stove as I would normally do to make homemade soup.  May I present my compromise, which may have been the best chicken noodle soup I’ve made?  At least that’s what Charles told me, but he’s also feeling sorry for me so it’s hard to trust him right now;)

I used organic chicken from a local farm (Charles and I swear it tastes a million times better) and loaded it with veggies (you can even increase them or add extra like corn if your kids love a certain veggie). Alternately, you can simply throw in some shredded or diced leftover roast chicken.  Whether you’re sick or not this soup can be whipped up in 20 minutes and is an easy way to get kids to eat a few extra veggies!

Serves 8-10



  • 2 c. uncooked noodles*
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 c. finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 c. diced celery
  • 2 c. diced carrots
  • 1 c. frozen peas
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 10 c. chicken broth
  • ¼ c. packed fresh chopped dill or parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

*I used small shells, but you can use any shape you want to!



  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles until al dente. Drain the noodles and set aside.
  • In a larger stock pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are fragrant and transparent, about 3 minutes.  Add the celery and carrots and cook until the veggies are tender, about an additional 3-4 minutes.  Add the frozen peas and diced chicken breast and cook, stirring, until the chicken is just cooked through, approximately 7-10 minutes (check a larger piece for doneness before proceeding).
  • Add the broth, turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add the dill and pasta, stir and simmer for 3-4 additional minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!



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11 Comments on “Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. Francene M Katzen

    This looks so yummy!!! We eat chicken noodle soup here all the time. Making this today. I am sick too, sinus and eye infection. I also had been saying I had not been sick since last year. Will keep my mouth shut from now on. HAHA. I hope you feel better very soon. Thanks for this great recipe.

  2. Karen

    My little 3 year old is sick so I’m planning on making this as soon as her Dad gets home with groceries ☺️

  3. Orlagh Turtle

    Sounds delicious and simple too….my kinda recipe 😘
    Thanks 4 sharing. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year

  4. April

    Just made this with egg noodles – so quick and easy and has a wonderful flavour! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Maggie

    I’m allergic to Carrots, Celery and Peas. (I know weird and horrible) But any suggestions on other vegetables to add to the soup instead?

  6. Margarete

    Going to try this one next, and what do you mean cheater chicken noodle soup?? I call this homemade all the way!
    Unless you make your own noodles…

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