(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

October 21, 2013 by Ali

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I always seem to catch colds at the most inconvenient times.

I know — getting sick is never really convenient.

But seriously! I caught a little cold last week four days before heading to Wisconsin for the Kohler Food & Wine Experience, which I figured would be NBD because four days is a totally reasonable amount of time to kick a cold. Right? Oh no. A day after returning home from an amazing weekend of said eating and drinking, I’m still sniffling away.

I even ended up being “that girl” on the plane ride home who conveniently fell into a 5 minute coughing fit just as the plane landed. You know — that tense moment when everyone is stuck sitting in their seats without any portable electronic handheld devises to keep them company, itching to stand up and grab those bags that might have shifted during takeoff, while the seatbelt sign is clearly illuminated — barring me from getting up to grab a drink of water, Sprite, anything that would stop the coughing?!? Oh yes. I don’t think even screaming babies get shot as many dagger looks as that girl who is clearly going to infect the entire plane with nothing less than The Plague.

But alas, the one convenient thing about this cold was that I had been craving some creamy chicken noodle soup, and actually had all of the ingredients ready to go on the day that I felt the worst. And some of those leftovers were conveniently still waiting for me when I arrived home. It must have been meant to be.

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For years, I had been looking for a way to “lighten up” creamy chicken soup. I had tried versions using milk or half and half, with so-so results. But when I saw that my friend Monica made a version with evaporated milk, I knew it was brilliant! I have been using evaporated milk to lighten up macaroni and cheese this past year, so was stoked to try it in a soup. Sure enough, the “skinny” version of this creamy chicken noodle soup recipe was a total success! The broth was wonderfully creamy and flavorful, and definitely hit the spot.

And speaking of “convenience”, it’s ready to go in about half and hour. Can’t beat that on a day when you’re rushed and not feeling well.

Comfort food at its best. :)

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | gimmesomeoven.com

(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles or pasta (I used "wide" egg noodles)
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated skim milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • (optional garnish) chopped fresh parsley

Method

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Saute onion, carrots, and celery for 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Sprinkle flour over vegetables, and cook and stir for an additional minute. Gradually stir in broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10-15 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes or until noodles are al dente. Season with additional salt and pepper or seasonings if needed.

Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley if desired.

Recipe slightly adapted from The Yummy Life.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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49 thoughts on “(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. I am in love with this recipe! I’ve been “sick” for the past few days, my throat has been sore, I’ve been coughing, I’ve been stuffy but I’m not sick enough to actually call into work or lay in bed all day, it’s just been kind annoying.

    I’ve wanted to make this soup for the past week as I think chicken soup is a cure all for anything and my mom used to make me creamy soup when I was little but I believe she used half and half and I figured the leftovers wouldn’t store so well.

    I stumbled upon this and hallelujah! This is EXACTLY what I’ve been craving and I’m now watching my favorite TV show and have a big bowl of this and it’s perfect.

    Liken another commenter said, I used fat free evaporated milk because that’s what I had but it still turned out wonderfully!

    Thank you so much!

    - Em

  2. I have no doubts this is delish. Very close to a recipe I use. I found
    the one ingredient that has become my favorite that is not included is parsnips, that gives it a great flavor. My family is,
    in love with it.

    - Deb

  3. I made this soup for the first time tonight and it is delicious! I used bowtie noodles and some rotissire chicken. It took hardly any time to make and is super good. Thank you for sharing this.

    - Donna Tillman

  4. I’ve made this soup four times now and it gets better each time I make it. I used low fat evaporated milk and could not tell a difference. Made it for a neighbor after surgery recently and she loved it. I’m not much of a cook but I came across this recipe looking for something to do with left over christmas turkey and really glad I did. Works we’ll for turkey or chicken. Thanks!

    - Ann

  5. I just made this and it was fabulous beyond belief! Because I didn’t have a large enough pot, I had to halve the recipe – for the chicken, I first seasoned it with salt and pepper and then boiled it before pulling it apart. This was delish and will be a go-to recipe in the future! YUM and thanks for sharing!

    - delia

  6. I would love to know the nutritional values as well, maybe Sodium, Fat, Calories.
    Thank you

    - Jennette

  7. I was wondering if you had the nutritional information for this recipe?

    Christa~

    - Christa Masters

  8. I have had bad luck with soups in the past, but this one came out great! I halved the recipe and it made enough for 2 dinners and 2 lunches. Thanks for a great recipe!

    - Kate

  9. I made this tonight. Oh my word. SO great!! Such a hearty soup! My husband literally just said “It was so good, and filling! I loved it!!” Thanks Ali!!! Will definitely be making this again! Plenty of leftovers for lunches, too!!

    - Becca

  10. I made your soup this evening and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it!! Just a great blend of flavors. The creamy texture is perfect and so much more enjoyable than just a broth base. Thank you for sharing!

    - Leanne

  11. I made this for tonight. I used home made chicken stock. Could not believe how creamy and delicious this soup was. Talk about comfort food. Just incredible. Will definitely be making this soup again soon.

    Thanks
    Cheryl

    - Cheryl

  12. After an entire weekend of Thanksgiving fare, my husband proclaimed that this soup was the best thing he had to eat. Thanks for a great recipe! Oh….for the record… we had Thanksgiving at my sisters!

    - Mary

  13. OMG this is so good. My whole family loved it!!!! I will be making this again for sure. Thanks for a low calorie cream soup.LLK

    - Loreen Kraft

  14. Made this delicious soup this evening…temps dipping into single digits in Alaska and nothing warms the soul like chicken noodle soup! :) Thanks for the recipe!

    - kate

  15. Tried this tonight and loved it! It was a hit with the whole family and just what we needed to help us feel better!

    - Tryna

  16. Oh delicious!! I’m so excited to try out this recipe, I love chicken noodle soup :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  17. I love using evaporated milk in soups! This looks just dreamy – perfect for when you are under the weather.

    - Deborah

  18. Mmmm! This sounds delightful and easy. Thank you for finding a way to lighten up comfort food like this!

    - Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

  19. I was just wondering if I could make it without the flour and evaporated milk, and just make chicken noodle. It sounds delish!

    - Jennifer

  20. That looks so amazing. Hope you are feeling better!

    - Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

  21. I made this last night and just finished it for lunch! DELICIOUS! I’m always looking for healthy creamy soups! this one just took top spot on my list! Thank you!

    - Jennifer

  22. I love, love, love chicken noodle soup so for this to be made “skinny” is perfect! It looks delicious! I saw your post on Instagram about being sick. Feel better!!

    - Christy @ My Invisible Crown

  23. I hope you are finally feeling better! I can’t wait to see you tomorrow. Will you be bringing me some of this? Love the evaporated milk twist!

    - cassie

  24. Awww feel better, Ali! And there’s really nothing that makes me feel better than a hot cup of chicken noodle! I still make your chicken soup with orzo when I’m sick but I’ll have to make this too!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  25. What a lovely soup to soothe the sniffles. It looks just like the soup Mom makes, so good!

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

  26. This looks so good! I’ve been looking for a good chicken noodle soup recipe… feel better soon!

    - Cassie

  27. This looks so comforting and warm. Feel better soon!

    - Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

  28. What a great way to get some comfort! Colds are the worst when traveling!

    - Gaby

  29. Loving that this soup is a lightened-up version!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  30. This is comfort in a bowl. Loving it!

    - Des

  31. I love a good skinny soup! This is a must-make, Ali. It looks so luscious and comforting. The perfect cold weather cure!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  32. Ugh, colds are the worst and it always takes me a week or two to kick them! I hope you’re feeling better soon :) This chicken noodle soup looks like the perfect comforting thing to rid your body of the cold!

    - Tracey

  33. Darn, stupid colds! Be gone. I hope you feel better! Also, my skinny jeans are thanking you for this recipe:)

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  34. Hope you’re feeling better, this soup looks like a great spin on a classic!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  35. Ali, I’m having trouble with trying to print your recipes. I click the ‘PRINT’ button, but nothing happens. Do you have any idea what’s going on? I have printed your recipes in the past, but now I can’t. Please help me out here. Thanks.

    - Diane

  36. This looks so good, Ali!! Hope you feel better soon!

    - JulieD

  37. Hope that you’re feeling better soon! I’m sure that this delicious soup will help!

    - DeLallo Foods

  38. I swear it’s the changing weather! Everyone is getting sick! I hope you feel better soon. You sound like me – catching a cold before a trip ;) remember Iowa and me? Haha, that was bad! This soup looks perfect to knock out that cold!!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  39. I want this soup on my head, like now.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  40. Everyone needs a good chicken noodle recipe – this one looks fantastic!

    - naomi

  41. GAH, I’ve been coming down with a cold too. This is exactly what I need to fix me up. PS. Hope you had a great time in my home state at Kohler! Your photos looked to-die-for.

    - Erin | The Law Students Wife

  42. I just want to drink this bowl it looks so good! I bet everyone feels instantly better just looking at this!

    - Ali @ Inspiralized

  43. Being is honestly the worst. Especially when you are busy and just don’t have the time to lay around and rest. Total bummer and I hope you feel better soon! But I gotta say, this soup is awesome! I love that it is skinny, but still so creamy and comforting! YUM

    - Tieghan