(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | gimmesomeoven.com

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.

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | gimmesomeoven.com

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

This "skinny" creamy chicken noodle soup is the perfect comfort food -- lightened up!


  • 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


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 http://www.theyummylife.com/chicken_noodle_soup.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Tieghan — October 21, 2013 @ 7:40 am (#)

    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

  2. Ali @ Inspiralized — October 21, 2013 @ 7:47 am (#)

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

  3. Erin | The Law Students Wife — October 21, 2013 @ 8:54 am (#)

    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.

  4. naomi — October 21, 2013 @ 9:00 am (#)

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

  5. Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 21, 2013 @ 9:07 am (#)

    I want this soup on my head, like now.

  6. Julie @ Table for Two — October 21, 2013 @ 9:12 am (#)

    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!!

  7. DeLallo Foods — October 21, 2013 @ 10:14 am (#)

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

  8. JulieD — October 21, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#)

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

  9. Diane — October 21, 2013 @ 11:54 am (#)

    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.

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 21, 2013 @ 12:53 pm (#)

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

  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 21, 2013 @ 1:10 pm (#)

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

  12. Tracey — October 21, 2013 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    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!

  13. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 21, 2013 @ 4:21 pm (#)

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

  14. Des — October 21, 2013 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    This is comfort in a bowl. Loving it!

  15. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 21, 2013 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    Loving that this soup is a lightened-up version!

  16. Gaby — October 21, 2013 @ 8:35 pm (#)

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

  17. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — October 21, 2013 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    This looks so comforting and warm. Feel better soon!

  18. Cassie — October 21, 2013 @ 9:04 pm (#)

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

  19. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 21, 2013 @ 9:13 pm (#)

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

  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 22, 2013 @ 1:29 am (#)

    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!

  21. cassie — October 22, 2013 @ 9:40 am (#)

    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!

  22. Christy @ My Invisible Crown — October 22, 2013 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    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!!

  23. Jennifer — October 23, 2013 @ 11:42 am (#)

    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!

  24. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me — October 23, 2013 @ 11:57 am (#)

    That looks so amazing. Hope you are feeling better!

  25. Jennifer — October 26, 2013 @ 6:19 pm (#)

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

  26. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — October 28, 2013 @ 7:29 pm (#)

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

  27. Deborah — October 29, 2013 @ 12:03 am (#)

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

  28. Nutmeg Nanny — October 29, 2013 @ 2:29 pm (#)

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

  29. Tryna — November 10, 2013 @ 5:04 pm (#)

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

  30. kate — November 18, 2013 @ 8:47 pm (#)

    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!

  31. Loreen Kraft — November 24, 2013 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    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

  32. Mary — December 1, 2013 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    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!

  33. Cheryl — December 30, 2013 @ 7:42 pm (#)

    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.


  34. Leanne — December 30, 2013 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    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!

  35. Becca — January 8, 2014 @ 7:15 pm (#)

    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!!

  36. Kate — January 8, 2014 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    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!

  37. Christa Masters — January 12, 2014 @ 5:37 pm (#)

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


  38. Jennette — January 14, 2014 @ 12:02 am (#)

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

  39. delia — January 20, 2014 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    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!

  40. Ann — February 2, 2014 @ 10:54 am (#)

    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!

  41. Donna Tillman — February 5, 2014 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    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.

  42. Deb — February 13, 2014 @ 1:07 am (#)

    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.

  43. Em — September 14, 2014 @ 1:51 pm (#)

    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!

  44. Meredith — October 27, 2014 @ 8:47 am (#)

    I made this last night and thought it was very good! I think I added a little too much pepper because it does have quite a kick. I also decided to not add the entire can of evaporated milk because it seemed creamy enough with just 3/4 can. I would definitely make it again!

  45. Pamela DeRuvo — November 10, 2014 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    This was the best chicken soup that I have ever had. My husband and I are both sick with bad colds and when I saw this recipe, I knew we just had to try it.  I made mine without the chicken and used orzo pasta.  We both feel better already!! It is divine…thank you!

  46. Theresa — November 18, 2014 @ 10:48 am (#)

    OMGosh!!! I made this yesterday,…made a double batch (for only 5 people) and today there is NONE left!!! I made extra because I wanted to have it for lunch today! No such luck…SOMEONE (or possibly more than one) raided the fridge last night and finished it off. BOO!!! I guess I will be making this again very, very soon. Next time I’m going to make a triple batch, and freeze some prior to adding the noodles. This…was…AWESOME!!!

  47. Theresa — November 20, 2014 @ 7:38 am (#)

    I’d mentioned I was going to make some of this and freeze it…prior to adding the noodles. Now I’m wondering…does anyone know if the milk will freeze well? I could always make it and freeze prior to adding the milk AND the noodles  but just wondered if the milk will be okay to freeze?

  48. katie — January 4, 2015 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    Just made this tonight – delish! And easy! Thanks for the recipe.

  49. Steph — April 8, 2015 @ 1:44 am (#)

    Hi Ali! I come to your site ALL the time (especially when I’m at work, at about 2:00, when all I’m thinking about is what to cook for dinner when I get home!). Anyway, just wanted to say that your blog is AWESOME. And by AWESOME, I meant the same kind of AWESOME found in this soup! It’s my go-to any time I’m under the weather OR the weather just sucks. Love your work!!! (all the way from Sydney Australia!)

    • Ali — April 9, 2015 @ 1:56 pm (#)

      Hey Steph! Aww that’s so sweet of you, thank you for being a regular visitor! And wow, I so hope to get to Sydney one day — what an amazing place you live in! Cheers : )

  50. Eden — September 1, 2015 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    I’m new to your site, this is the first recipe I saw (was googling chicken noodle soup during one of our all-day rain weeks) and the first of yours I have tried and I absolutely loved it. It’s the best chicken noodle soup I’ve had! (the chicken always seems a bit funky to me from the can and it’s often too salted for me from places like Panera). The thyme and condensed milk added so much great flavor and fullness — great additions. Thanks for sharing! 
    + my picture (featured with a link to your page): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156004319690273&l=8130d594d3

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 2, 2015 @ 11:19 am (#)

      Hi Eden, thanks for stopping by! We’re so happy to hear you loved the soup! Also, thanks for sharing your photo and shoutout – it looks like you did an awesome job! :)


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