A quick and easy chicken noodle soup loaded with chicken flavor, perfectly tender vegetables, whole-wheat pasta and a dose of freshness from lemon and dill. Don’t let the simple ingredient list and easy method fool you—this soup is loaded with comfort, like every chicken noodle soup should be!

chicken noodle soup in a shallow white bowl set on a wood table

Why I Love this Quick Chicken Noodle Soup 

No question, I love a good chicken noodle soup. I love how cozy and comforting it is, how salty the broth is, and the spoonfuls of tender veg. I also love leftovers, and generally speaking, when it comes to soup they tend to age well. A few days in the fridge and the same soup can develop quite a bit more depth. 

On the other end of the spectrum, the noodles in chicken noodle soup continue to soak up the precious salty broth leaving you with mushy noods and barely any broth.

To side step this little issue (or annoyance) I came up with a way for you to cook the noods separately without using a second pot. Read that again. Without using a second pot!

Ya’ll this trick is genius. Drop a colander in the pot of boiling soup (you’ll need a colander that has handles which will hold the colander in the soup without fully submerging in it). Drop the pasta right in the boiling pot of soup IN THE COLANDER and cook until tender.

When they’re al dente, carefully pull the colander out of the pot and voila! Perfectly cooked noods and ample amount of broth no matter when you’re serving this! Boom, boom and boom again! 

chicken noodle soup in a shallow white bowl set on a wood table

Ingredients in Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

Olive oil, salt and pepper are not listed, but used in this recipe. 

  • Lean ground chicken, I recommend using 85–95% lean ground chicken. Avoid 99% lean ground chicken as it will not be nearly as flavorful. 
  • Garlic
  • Ground coriander
  • Celery seeds are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them substitute ground fennel seed.
  • Mirepoix, aka a combination of diced carrot, celery and onion.
  • Low-sodium chicken broth is best for homemade soup so you can control the seasoning, and season as you go, which means every component will be seasoned, not just the broth. If you have homemade chicken stock on hand, that would be delicious here!
  • Whole wheat pasta, I recommend rotini or penne pasta. If you want to keep this classic you can use wide egg noodles instead.
  • Lemon will be added to the soup in the form of both juice and zest. And make sure you top each serving with lemon zest, it really makes the soup! 
  • Dill adds a delicious depth of flavor. There is truly no substitute! Though if you don’t like dill you can use fresh parsley, cilantro or chives. 

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Cook the ground chicken in a large pot with garlic, coriander and celery seed. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and reserve the drippings in the pot. 
  2. Add mirepoix (carrots, celery and onion) to pot, season with salt and pepper, and cook briefly. 
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil. 
  4. Set a colander in the pot (the handles need to rest against the pot edges) and stir in the pasta. Cook the pasta until al dente, then gently pull the colander out and set in a bowl.
  5. Stir cooked chicken, dill and lemon juice into the soup. 
  6. Ladle soup over noodles in bowls and top with lemon zest. 

Storage tip: store the leftover soup and noodles (separately) in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

chicken noodle soup in a shallow white bowl set on a wood table

FAQs & Test Kitchen Tips

I don’t have any whole-wheat pasta, can I use regular?

You can absolutely use regular pasta. Just make sure you follow the cook time instructions on the package.

What’s the point of cooking the pasta in the colander in the soup?

I developed this trick so you could cook the noodles to al dente, then pull them out of the soup to stop their cooking. In most chicken noodle soup recipes the noodles end up over cooking as the soup sits and even continue to soak up the broth as leftovers are stored in the fridge. 
This method allows the noodles to be cooked separately and to the perfect doneness without using a second pot.

What kind of ground chicken is best?

For the best flavor, I find 85% lean ground chicken is best. Though I’ve also tested this with 96% lean ground chicken and it turns out great as well. Just avoid using any ground meat that’s leaner than that. You can substitute ground turkey or pork for chicken in this recipe.

Did you make this easy 30 minute chicken noodle soup with dill? Let me know by leaving a comment and rating below, I love to hear what you’re cooking.

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chicken noodle soup in a shallow white bowl set on a wood table

Quick ‘n Easy 30-Minute Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 13 cups (45 servings) 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A quick and easy homemade chicken noodle soup. Loaded with flavor, you’d never know this healthy chicken soup recipe takes just 30 minutes start to finish. No doubt, this will leave you satisfied and feeling good!


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound 85–96% lean ground chicken*
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes (1 ¾ cups)
  • 3 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and sliced ½-inch thick (1 cup)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth, stock or bone broth
  • 6 ounces dry whole wheat rotini or penne (2 cups)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 34 tablespoons chopped fresh dill + more for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken, garlic, coriander, celery seeds, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until crumbled into large chunks and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
    ground chicken in a large pot
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a small bowl; set aside and reserve drippings in pot (some garlic pieces in the pot are OK).
  3. Add carrot, celery and onion to drippings, season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high.
    carrots, onions and celery diced and cooked in a large pot
  4. Set a colander in the pot, resting the handles on the pot’s edge so bowl of colander is submerged in soup. Stir in pasta and cook, according to package directions, until al dente.
    pasta cooking in a soup with a colander set in it
  5. Using dry kitchen towels or pot holders, carefully lift colander out of pot and set in a bowl.
  6. Off heat, stir in reserved chicken and any accumulated juices, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons dil; season with salt, pepper and additional dill to taste.
    chicken vegetable soup in a large pot
  7. To serve, divide noodles between bowls then ladle soup over noodles and finish with a sprinkle of lemon zest and additional dill.


Notes

Serving Size: serves 4 as a full meal, 5 as a main dish with bread or sal.

Not cooking for weeknight? Consider dropping a Parmesan rind and a couple dried bay leaves into the soup as it simmers. For a cozier, more winter-y version, skip the dill and add some fresh thyme to the pot with the vegetables.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 cups
  • Calories: 346
  • Sugar: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 751mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg

Keywords: Easy chicken noodle soup, Healthy chicken noodle soup, quick chicken noodle soup, quick and easy chicken noodle soup, 30 minute chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup with dill, ground chicken noodle soup

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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  1. Made this for dinner tonight and loved it. So much better that using rotisserie chicken. Loved the addition of coriander. This will be my go to Chicken soup.