Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
426 Calories
30g Fat
21g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 426
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 521mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 2mg 14%
Potassium 506mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Here's a quick and easy chicken noodle soup recipe, and it's hearty enough for a family meal. Condensed soups and some real cream make this soup rich and creamy while adding fabulous flavor. But it isn't all convenience foods; fresh chopped vegetables, some herbs, and frozen peas and carrots make it colorful, and full flavored. 

Serve this delicious chicken noodle soup for lunch or dinner, along with crackers or biscuits and a tossed salad. Feel free to use broken linguini or spaghetti in this dish instead of noodles. Or add about 1 cup of cooked rice to the soup. See the tips and variations for more ideas.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

  • 2 to 3 cups diced cooked chicken

  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted

  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 scant teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, or half-and-half

  • 4 ounces medium-sized cooked noodles, drained

  • Kosher salt , to taste

  • Croutons, crackers, or biscuits, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup ingredients
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add onion and celery and sauté until onion is tender.

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  3. Add the parsley, chicken, chicken broth, soups, poultry seasoning, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

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  4. Add the frozen peas and carrots, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes longer.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe
  5. Stir in the cream or half-and-half, along with the cooked noodles; add salt to taste. Heat through.

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  6. Serve the soup with crackers or hot baked biscuits, or top it with croutons or oyster crackers.

    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
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  7. Enjoy.


  • This is a great soup for a party or potluck. Scale the recipe up and transfer it to the slow cooker for serving. Set the slow cooker on warm.

Recipe Variations

  • Use diced meat from a rotisserie chicken or buy a package of refrigerated roasted chicken breast strips.
  • Replace the peas and carrots with a package of mixed vegetables.
  • Replace the noodles with broken spaghetti or about 1/2 cup of ditalini or another small pasta shape.

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