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Divide approx. 30g of the cooked noodles to each chicken soup portion just before serving

There’s something truly universal about the aroma and appearance of chicken noodle soup—it’s a nostalgic soup that resonates with all of us. Whether we need a revitalising health boost or simply desire a comforting embrace for our bodies, this soup for the soul never fails to deliver.

And the best part? It can easily be made gluten-free by incorporating one of the many readily available store-bought gluten-free vermicelli dried noodle pastas on the market.

Several assemble stuffed aloo potato dosas.
What ingredients are used in Chicken Noodle Soup?

For the perfect bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup, my homemade recipe combines tender chicken breast meat, al dente gluten-free noodles and a rich chicken broth packed with the goodness of onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Infused with the freshness of parsley, a hint of lemon juice, and a delicate blend of white pepper and salt, this soup promises to please every palate.

What’s the better choice: store-bought or homemade chicken stock?

When it comes to stocks, you have plenty of options at your disposal. You can either grab the pre-packaged ones from the supermarket or head to your local butchers. But from personal experience, there’s something truly special and extraordinary about crafting your very own homemade chicken stock.

First and foremost, homemade stock offers superior health benefits compared to its store-bought counterpart. It’s less salty, free from any pesky preservatives and brimming with nourishing collagen.

Secondly, making your own stock is a financially savvy move that comes with a delicious bonus. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have plenty of tender chicken meat to incorporate into an array of dishes, from salads and pie fillings to fresh spring rolls, sandwiches, risotto, fried rice and beyond.

And let’s not forget the flavour! The longer you let your stock simmer, the more depth and complexity it develops, resulting in a liquid gold that is both insanely delicious and incredibly nutritious.

This labour of love will never disappoint, especially when you have a stash of homemade stock waiting in the freezer. With it, you can whip up soul-warming soups in under an hour, transforming ordinary meals into culinary masterpieces.

chicken stock cooking in an instant pot making chicken stock
Making Homemade Chicken Stock

For over 30 years, I’ve been making homemade chicken stock with such ease that it feels like second nature to me. Each time, I’m still amazed by the gorgeous golden hue and comforting flavour that comes from hours of slow cooking.

In addition to this recipe, I have an informative blog dedicated to Why stock-making is a must, as well as a recipe for homemade chicken stock, I can’t help but feel passionate about this fundamental cooking step.

Before the internet became readily available, I remember diligently searching through my local library for information on the benefits of chicken stock in alleviating children’s coughs and common colds. My son was suffering from mild asthma and various cold-related symptoms, so I took it upon myself to explore which foods could aid in his recovery. That’s when I discovered that chicken stock/broth was an essential foundation to have on hand throughout the illness or as a regular addition to our weekly meals.

Nowadays, we’re well aware of the trend towards consuming bone broths for optimal gut health, and it all just makes perfect sense. I wholeheartedly endorse this practice.

The best part is that my son has never developed asthma and has thrived ever since. Personally, as someone who battles with Hashimoto, a thyroid autoimmune condition, I see bone broth as a nutritional powerhouse that nourishes my gut and brings me immense comfort as I sip away on any soup infused with this stock/broth.

An adobe photo of french onion soup
Why Chicken Noodle Soup is the Perfect Remedy for a Cold

While scientific studies may not have proven it, there is a belief that chicken soup acts as a placebo, aiding in the recovery from a cold by providing hydration through the natural salt found in chicken. Additionally, it helps clear the sinuses and boosts the immune system. Chicken is also rich in cysteine, an amino acid that helps to clear the throat from phlegm and soothe the stomach.

FURTHER INFORMATION

In addition to gathering information from various sources such as libraries, the internet, and cookbooks to explain the benefits of bone broths and chicken noodle soup on my blog, I highly recommend the book ‘Nourishing Broth’ by Sally Fallon Morell for further reading.

In this comprehensive guide, she delves into the numerous advantages of stock-making in addressing ailments ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer. The book also includes a variety of comforting soups and stews made with different stocks.

Divide approx. 30g of the cooked noodles to each chicken soup portion just before serving

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

by Sandra, Fun Without Gluten
For the perfect bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup, my homemade recipe combines tender chicken breast meat, al dente gluten-free noodles and a rich chicken broth packed with the goodness of onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Infused with the freshness of parsley, a hint of lemon juice, and a delicate blend of white pepper and salt, this soup promises to please every palate.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Homemade Chicken Stock (optional) 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course dinner, Kids' Meals, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine General, Healthy
Servings 6 servings of 300ml each

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, white part only, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced finely
  • 2 celery stalks, diced finely
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5-2 litres store-bought or homemade chicken stock
  • 150-180 g store-bought gluten-free vermicelli or thin spaghetti, broken into small pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts, skin removed, diced finely (or use the chicken meat from the stock if making homemade)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • white pepper and salt, to season

Instructions
 

Preparing the chicken meat & homemade chicken stock

  • If making homemade chicken stock, follow the recipe in this link.
  • Remove the chicken breast from the whole chicken while poaching in the homemade chicken stock after 2 hours of low simmering.
    Remove the chicken breast from the whole chicken while poaching in the homemade chicken stock
  • Dice the poached chicken meat* into small pieces. Set aside while preparing the chicken noodle soup.

Preparing the chicken noodle soup

  • In a large pot, add the butter and olive oil on medium-low heat.
  • Add the onion and spring onions, stirring occasionally for 5 mins.
  • If needed, add more butter if the onions look a bit dry before adding the carrots and celery.
    Frying the onions, carrots and celery
  • Continue frying slowly for 10 mins, then add the garlic, stirring constantly for 2 mins. Do not be tempted to increase the heat to fry them faster. The vegetables will become delicately sweeter when fried low and slow, but don’t let them go brown.
  • Pour in either the store-bought or homemade chicken stock and bring to a boil, then immediately lower the heat to a gentle simmer.
  •  If using uncooked chicken meat, add the diced chicken to poach gently for 5 mins.
    if using uncooked chicken meat, add the chicken to poach gently for 5 mins.
  • Alternatively, add the cooked chicken meat* (if using the chicken from the homemade chicken stock recipe), followed by parsley and lemon juice. Simmer for 3 mins.
    add the cooked chicken meat* (if using the chicken from the homemade chicken stock recipe), followed by parsley and lemon juice. Simmer for 3 mins.

Preparing the gluten-free noodles

  • Cook the noodles in a separate pan in moderatly boiling water, according to the packet instructions which is typically 7 to 9 mins.
    Dried noodles before being cooked for 7 minutes in moderately boiling water
  • Divide approx. 30g of the cooked noodles to each chicken soup portion just before serving. I strongly recommend doing this to avoid clouding the soup as the pasta starch tends to leak out if cooked in the soup too long. This is the reason why I cook the noodles separately.
    Divide approx. 30g of the cooked noodles to each chicken soup portion just before serving

Serving

  • Season the white pepper and salt, adjusting according to taste.
  • Serve immediately with some warm bread rolls or crackers.
    row of gluten-free kaiser semmel rolls in a bread basket

Notes

  • Keeps for 3 days chilled.
  • Reheat over the stove or in the microwave.
  • As the pasta may absorb some of the soup when chilling, it may be necessary to add more stock or water to loosen the pasta in the soup.
  • Freezer friendly for 3 months.
Keyword gluten-free chicken dish, gluten-free healthy meals, gluten-free soup, gluten-free stock
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