(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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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.

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. :)

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(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: About 4-6 servings 1x


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley if desired.


Recipe slightly adapted from The Yummy Life.

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81 comments on “(Skinny!) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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?

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

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  9. 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!)

    • 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 : )

  10. 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

    • 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! :)

  11. Is there anything I could substitute for the evaporated skim milk?

    • Hi Lexi! You can just use half whole milk and half and half instead. We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  12. Has anyone tried thus with a non-dairy milk? Like soy or rice milk? I would like to try the recipe but I don’t mix chicken and milk. Thank you.

  13. Is it possible to replace wild rice for the noodles? Looking for A lighter option.

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  16.  This is my go to recipe for chicken noodle soup. My familys favorite for sure. 

    • Thanks for sharing, Demitria, we’re so happy you and your family love it!

  17. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. My mom and I are in love with it. Shared the link on FB with two thumbs up!!! Best recipe ever!

  18. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Is there a way I can stilnuse this recipe in a crock pot? My LO doesn’t give me much time to cook before my husband gets home from work and we end up eating later than usual.

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  20. 5 stars
    I was trying to find my chicken noodle soup recipe that I normally make and came across yours and it is amazing!! I have to say I have that I put a lot of chicken in it and because my pots were not big enough I used a large pan so I could not use all of the chicken broth or Evaporated milk but it still was amazing

  21. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this was soooo good!! I did add a little bit more on the spices, and I will add more veggies next time. But it’s definitely a keeper!! My husband LOVED it. 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    Soooo delicious!!! Best chicken noodle I’ve ever had and my husband also LOVED it. This is the second time in 2 weeks making it. Restaurant worthy. Thank you!!!

  23. Love this soup-very yummy. I added 1 teaspoon turmeric for added nutrition. Anyone know the calorie count or WW points?

  24. My family loves this recipe! We make it often, and it’s especially comforting during a pandemic :-/

  25. Sounds very tasty. Will make 1/2 recipe for me.