Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup is the ultimate comfort food when you’re feeling sick! Loaded with tender chicken, carrots, celery, onion, egg noodles, lemon juice, and dill, this soup is so flavorful. Even kids love this healthy recipe!
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
When it comes to soup, I’m kind of an old pro. I was avid a soup lover by the time I was in Kindergarden. And I have my mother to thank for that. The instant I displayed even the slightest symptom of a cold, she was there, with tea and toast; or gatorade and pizza (she swore by this for upset stomachs!); or my favorite, ginger ale and flu fighting chicken noodle soup. I grew to love this soup and soda ritual so much that I brilliantly (ha) began to fake random illness just to get the royal treatment.
It worked about twice before she caught onto my little theater charade and, after a firm talking to, busted out the dutch oven and taught me how to make the soup my damn self. Best gift ever.
I still appreciate a good chicken noodle soup loaded with all of the classic ingredients, but as I’ve grown, so has my creativity in making it. I stopped poaching my chicken in the broth a few years ago, and that opened a whole new door of flavor I never could have imagined possible for a humble pot of soup. The chicken is roasted in olive oil, spices, and herbs, then shredded right before diving into the pot of garlicky broth. The roasting… It makes all the difference. I swear. ↓
Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken breast: Skinless and boneless. And I suggest using organic chicken if you can find it.
- Olive oil: I prefer a mild olive for this soup.
- Spices: Garlic powder, ground cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, pepper, and a bay leaf!
- Carrots: Peeled and diced
- Celery: Diced
- Yellow onion: Finely diced
- Garlic: 8 whole cloves! Finely minced.
- Chicken stock: Use chicken bone broth, if you can!
- 4 cups water
- Noodles: I prefer egg noodles, but almost any variety of noodle will work! If you don’t plan on eating the entire pot of soup in one sitting, I suggest cooking the noodles separately and al dente, so you can add them to the soup all week long without them being soggy.
- A few lemons: adding lemon brightens the flavor of the broth.
- And fresh dill: Adds a deliciously fresh flavor!
This soup recipe is so healthy, bold, and flavorful I would truly be content eating a heaping bowl for lunch every single day. To be honest, most Winter afternoons, I do. It’s a great way to get my daily dose of meat and veggies and comfort in one convenient, cozy bowl.
I like my soups to be nice and chunky, with a bold, flavorful broth. Sounds easy… right? But alas, achieving the perfect broth is an art that can take many a’ pots of soup to perfect. I finally found mine in this soup. I use a combination of (store-bought) chicken stock and water, and it really turns out lovely.
Now, you may be thinking how in the world does stock and water make a dreamy broth… right? Well, that’s where our veggies, citrus, and herbs enter the story. Garlic, onion, fresh dill, and the juice of a whole lemon. They make this soup sing. I know the dill may seem a bit oddball for chicken noodle soup, but trust me, chicken+lemon+dill —> they are meant to be together!!!
I used egg noodles, farmers market fresh carrots, and a handful of celery we’ve had hidden in the back of the fridge for who knows how long. The results? A soup that knocked the last bit of flu out of my life for good. This Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup is powerfully delicious.
If you’re serving more than 4 people, don’t be shocked if the entire pot is gone in 15 minutes!
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Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup
For the chicken:
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast tenders
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the soup:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 very large onion, finely diced
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- Big pinch of salt
- 32 ounces of chicken stock (or chicken bone broth)
- 4 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups noodles of your choice (I suggest using a smaller noodle like elbows or egg noodles)
- Juice of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Place chicken tenders in a large baking dish lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with spices. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, flipping the chicken at the half way point. Once cooked, pull into small chunks using two forks.
- While the chicken is roasting, prepare the soup.
- Heat olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed soup pan over a medium flame. Add carrots, celery, and onion, and cook - stirring occasionally - for 8-9 minutes. Add garlic and salt and cook for another minute before adding the bay leaf, water and chicken stock. Increase heat to high, bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, stir in noodles, and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and the pasta al dente. Stir in cooked chicken, dill, and lemon juice. Taste soup to adjust seasonings, then serve at once.
Tina Rector says
Tina J Rector says
Best ever! Family loves it!!
Pretty sure this soup wiped out this family’s Covid!! Super yummy and lots of germ-fighting qualities. Our family has enjoyed many of your recipes but I am truly grateful for this one!
100% the best soup I’ve ever tasted.
My noodles absorbed all the soup the next day. How do I prevent this? I could always add more broth, but it wouldn’t be the same flavor.
This is one I keep coming back to again and again. I make this every time we get the sniffles and even when we’re healthy. I don’t change a thing, except during stay-at-home I’ve made with bone-in chicken and shredded it, and it still works. If i’m making enough for leftovers I prefer to do my noodles on the side so they don’t absorb all the liquid while it keeps. Just everything about it is comforting and delicious, wakes up your tastebuds!
This was amazing!! I made it for my husband, because he’s sick. I will make every time anyone I know is sick. So yummy!
Pamela A Neisen says
If I dont serve it right away is there something different I should do? Actu6making it for my elder sons who are sick,bringing bowls over to theres houses?? Will the noodles get soggy?
Amalia Harris says
Love the base. Surprised at how complex the flavors are. I personally like my soup to eat like a meal so I added bean sprouts carrots celery and 7oz rice noodles. Since I added so much extra I also added 8 more cups of water/lobster stock.
This is a GREAT soup! Instead of making my own chicken, I picked up a pound of shredded rotisserie chicken and then added a pinch of cayenne pepper (hubby has Covid so I wanted to make it as strong as possible). He loved it!
Nayeli Perez says
Very tasty chicken soup! I love the addition of fresh ginger which is warming and immune-boosting. Lemon juice adds freshness and a boost of vitamin C. I used a rotisserie chicken and dried thyme and rosemary. I omitted the lemongrass because I didn’t have any and used fresh parsley instead of chives. Was definitely damn delicious! Will make again as this is super easy and quick on a weeknight or when you’re feeling a little under the weather.