Updated on January 24, 2022

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Total Time: 35 min

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Servings: 4 (2 1/4 cups each)

This heartburn-friendly chicken noodle soup with vegetables is comfort food in a bowl. Previously a no-go for people with heartburn or acid reflux, this low-fat version makes this classic feel-good food available to those with digestive system concerns.

Many chicken soups are shimmering with fat. However, high-fat foods can be a trigger for heartburn and acid reflux discomfort.

This recipe uses previously cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a low-fat protein source, making it a good option for anyone with heartburn.

This easy soup recipe is an ideal busy weeknight meal. If the chicken breasts are cooked in advance, a warm bowl of soup can be ready in about 35 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon ​olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, trimmed and chopped (about 2 stalks)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped (about 6 medium carrots)
  • 4 low-sodium chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces dry large egg noodles
  • 2 cups boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas

Preparation

  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add chopped celery and cook until translucent.

  2. Add water, carrots, chicken bouillon cubes, thyme, and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil.

  3. Once boiling, add egg noodles to the pot and stir.

  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer. Cook for 8 minutes or until the noodles are tender.

  5. Add the diced cooked chicken breast and frozen peas. Return to a boil.

  6. Once boiling again, reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the peas are warm and the soup has a flavorful aroma.

  7. Serve the soup in individual bowls.

Variations and Substitutions

If you don’t have any thyme on hand, you can add other herbs that you like. Dried basil or dried parsley would go particularly well in this soup.

You can also substitute chicken broth for the bouillon cubes. If you’d rather use broth, add 4 cups of broth (1 cup per bouillon cube) and use 4 cups of water instead of the original 8 cups.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • To save yourself time in the future, cook a batch of boneless, skinless chicken breasts ahead of time. You can use your favorite cooking method—grilling, poaching, baking, sautéing, pan-frying, steaming, etc. Freeze in a sealed bag or other air-tight containers for 3 to 4 months.
  • Freeze whole cooked chicken breasts rather than diced chicken meat if you’re planning on freezing for a long time. Diced chicken meat can dry out more quickly.
  • Since frozen chicken breasts thaw very quickly, you can have a delicious meal on the table in less than an hour with a little prep and this recipe.

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By Sharon Gillson

Sharon Gillson is a writer living with and covering GERD and other digestive issues.

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