This gluten-free chicken noodle soup is the perfect recipe to warm up on a cold day or to help comfort when you aren't feeling well. This flavorful soup is made with fresh vegetables, tender chicken, and gluten-free noodles, and comes together in just 30 minutes.
Loaded with chunks of tender chicken and veggies with a flavorful broth, this homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup recipe comes together quickly and in one pot. Soup season or not, this is one gluten-free soup recipe I always make.
- Is Chicken Noodle Soup Gluten-Free?
- How to Make Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup?
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
- What To Serve With Chicken Noodle Soup?
- How to Store?
- Can I Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?
- Can I make Chicken Noodle Soup ahead of time?
- More Gluten-Free Soups
- 📖 Recipe
Is Chicken Noodle Soup Gluten-Free?
Traditional chicken noodle soup, like Campbell's, is not gluten-free. Even some homemade chicken noodle soups can be filled with gluten. The easy culprit of gluten is the noodles, usually traditional wheat ones. I know Progresso does make a gluten-free chicken noodle soup, but I honestly wasn't a fan.
To make this homemade chicken noodle soup, we are just switching common wheat ingredients with gluten-free alternatives, and we can still enjoy a delicious bowl of gluten-free soup.
- Chicken: I used chicken breasts because I think they taste the best.
- Gluten-free Chicken Stock: Not all store-bought brands of chicken broth, chicken stock, bone broth, bouillon, and powdered broth bases are gluten-free. Make sure you always check the label to ensure the one you use is gluten-free. For this recipe, you can use broth or stock; it doesn't matter. Just what you have or prefer.
- Veggies: You'll need carrots, onion, and celery. These veggies together are called mirepoix and are used in many soups.
- Garlic: Freshly chopped garlic is preferable, but frozen garlic cubes or jarred minced garlic can be used.
- Gluten-free Noodles: I usually use Barilla gluten-free spaghetti noodles for this homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup recipe. My kids love the traditional texture, and I find they hold their shape well without becoming mushy like some gluten-free pasta can. If you want to make your own homemade gluten-free pasta, you can certainly do that. I would suggest adding it after the chicken has cooked since cooking will not take as long. You can use whatever gluten-free pasta you like. Feel free to mix it up and use a fun shape if you prefer.
- Olive Oil: I use olive oil, but any oil can be used.
- Spices: You'll need salt, pepper, onion powder and parsley.
How to Make Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup?
Don't let the name fool you When making this homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup recipe. I promise, it is beyond easy to make and only needs one pot.
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot. Add in the chopped vegetables. Sauté the vegetables until they start to smell good. After the veggies are aromatic, add fresh garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the chicken, stock, water, and seasonings to the vegetables. Let it boil for 10 minutes on low heat.
- Add gluten-free noodles to the pan after the chicken browns.
- Let it boil for 10–12 minutes to cook the noodles, veggies, and chicken.
5. Serve warm and enjoy.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
To make this soup in the instant pot, I suggest using a chicken breast. You don't have to cut it beforehand. We will shred it after it is pressure-cooked.
- Start the same way as on the stovetop by sauteing the veggies in olive oil on Saute mode. Then add garlic and saute for another minute.
- Now, add the stock, water, and seasoning to the instant pot.
- Place the chicken breast on top.
- Pressure cook for 7 minutes on high pressure. Then, let the pressure release for 10 minutes. Then, manually release the pressure.
- Remove chicken breasts and shred them with a fork.
- Put on saute mode. Add the noodles to the pot and let them cook for 6-8 minutes till they are tender.
- Stir in the shredded chicken and taste to check seasoing.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
Use pre-cooked chicken - While this is a homemade soup recipe, sometimes it's a little thing like shredding up a gluten-free rotisserie chicken that adds flavor and makes dinner come together even faster.
Cut the vegetables thicker - Because the vegetables are sauteed for flavor and then simmered in the broth, you want to make sure you cut your vegetables a little bit bigger for this soup. If you cut your vegetables too small or thin, they can become mushy in your soup.
Change the veggies - If you or your family doesn't like a vegetable, it's easy to switch them out to ones you know they will eat. Peas, carrots, and corn make a delicious combination in this gluten-free soup.
Use frozen veggies - If you don't tend to keep fresh vegetables on hand, you can easily toss a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables into the pot.
Texture for your gluten-free noodles - If you prefer your gluten-free pasta to have more of an al dente texture, then I suggest cooking them in a separate pot and adding them to the soup once they are cooked and drained.
Want fewer carbs? - You can easily swap the gluten-free pasta for low-carb pasta like hearts of palm pasta or even zucchini noodles. That will make this more of a keto chicken noodle soup.
Adjust the spices - I tend to wait to salt and pepper my chicken noodle soup until after the pasta is cooked. This is because not all gluten-free chicken stock is seasoned the same. Some are already very salty, while other, I will find, needs more salt.
Lemon juice - Sometimes, my chicken stock isn't cutting, and I need to brighten it up when making this soup. Adding just about one tablespoon of lemon juice can add great flavor to your soup.
What To Serve With Chicken Noodle Soup?
This homemade gluten-free soup is delicious on its own for an easy, comfort food dinner. Sometimes, my kids will ask me to grab some gluten-free crackers to go along with it. Other times, I will do a simple salad on the side or bake up a quick batch of gluten-free cornbread.
How to Store?
If you plan to store the soup, I suggest storing the noodles separately and then putting the soup together just before serving. If the noodles are already in the broth, they will soak up all the liquid and become mushy.
Can I Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?
You can freeze this gluten-free soup. However, because we are using gluten-free noodles for this recipe, I highly suggest freezing this soup without the noodles. Just make the soup up to the point of adding the noodles, let it cool, and freeze. When you are ready to enjoy a bowl of soup, warm it up and then add freshly cooked noodles to enjoy.
Can I make Chicken Noodle Soup ahead of time?
If making this soup ahead of time, I suggest to cook to the point before adding the noodles. Then, when ready to serve, heat the soup, add the noodles, and cook for 6-8 minutes until the noodles are al dente. Then serve the soup!
Easy Gluten-free Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 Pound Chicken Breast Cut into chunks
- 6 Cups Gluten-free Chicken Stock
- 2 Cups Water
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Carrots Diced
- 1 Cup Celery Diced
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion Diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced, or 2 teaspoons paste
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- ¾ Teaspoon Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Parsley
- 1 Box Gluten-free Pasta
- In a stock pot or dutch oven, add the olive oil and the chopped veggies and saute until they become fragrant.2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 Cup Carrots, 1 Medium Yellow Onion, 1 Cup Celery
- Add the garlic to the veggies and saute for 1-2 more minutes until it becomes fragrant.2 Cloves Garlic
- Add the chicken, stock, water, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley to the veggies.1 Pound Chicken Breast, 6 Cups Gluten-free Chicken Stock, 2 Cups Water, 1 Teaspoon Salt, ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder, 1 Teaspoon Parsley, ¾ Teaspoon Pepper
- Bring the pot to a simmer and let it boil for about 10 minutes.
- Once the chicken has become opaque, add the gluten-free noodles to the pot. Let it boil for another 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken, veggies and noodles are cooked.1 Box Gluten-free Pasta
- Serve warm and enjoy.