Loaded with good-for-you ingredients and full of flavor and comfort – I absolutely cannot wait to share this copycat Panera Bread chicken noodle soup with all of you!

Chicken noodle soup with spoon in a white bowl and a lemon slice on the side

This post was originally published on 12/31/2015. It was republished on 3/13/19 with helpful recipe tips and new photos.

CLASSIC CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP RECIPE

What noodles to use for chicken noodle soup?

I really appreciate a good chicken noodle soup recipe with classic ingredients. Panera Bread makes a super tasty all-natural chicken noodle soup and after enjoying a cup, recently, I decided to come home and recreate the deliciousness. I kept my version gluten-free by using quinoa rotini pasta from Trader Joe’s and honestly no one in my family could tell a difference. I really favor the texture of the rotini noodles as opposed to using long noodles or even egg noodles, but any favorite pasta noodle will work just fine in this recipe.

ingredients for chicken noodle soup on a wooden cutting board

HOW TO MAKE PANERA BREAD CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

I think you’ll agree with me, when I tell you that my Panera Bread chicken noodle soup turned out even tastier than the original. I like my soups to be nice and chunky, with a bold, flavorful broth. I only used 4 cups of chicken broth and really packed in the chicken and veggies. Feel free to use another cup or two of chicken broth or even water, if you prefer more liquid to your soup. Chicken noodle soup is one of the easiest soups to whip up in a flash (especially when you use shredded rotisserie chicken), the ingredients are inexpensive and it feeds a crowd.

When I’m really in a hurry, sometimes I even buy pre-chopped vegetables along with the rotisserie chicken. It’s the fastest way to make this chicken noodle soup recipe, and it always turns out SO good.

two bowls of chicken noodle soup in white bowls and served with crusty bread and garnished with fresh parsley

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SOUP IN THE SLOW COOKER

  • When I make this in the slow cooker, I use 1 pound of raw chicken breast or I add the rotisserie chicken in at the very end of cooking. Add all ingredients except for the pasta to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.
  • Remove the chicken and shred, then return to the slow cooker with the cooked pasta and serve with fresh parsley for garnish.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP IN AN INSTANT POT

  • When I make this in the instant pot, I use 1 pound of raw chicken breast. Turn on the sauté function and add olive oil with onions, celery, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken, broth, bay leaves and other seasonings.
  • Cook on manual setting on high for a total time of 10 minutes, then release naturally.
  • Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and take out the chicken breast, remove and discard the bay leaf. Shred, then return to the pot with cooked noodles, stirring to combine, and serve with fresh parsley for garnish.
chicken noodle soup in a white bowl on a white plate served with bread

HOW LONG DOES CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP LAST?

In the refrigerator, homemade chicken noodle soup will last about 5 days in a covered container.

CAN YOU FREEZE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP?

Chicken noodle soup is perfect for making ahead or making a double batch and freezing. Just make the recipe as written except for adding in the noodles. Cool the soup down completely, seal tightly in a container, and freeze.

When you’re ready to defrost, refrigerate the day before. Reheat on the stove in a saucepan and add cooked noodles at that time. Homemade chicken noodle soup will last in the freezer for about 4 months.

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Chicken noodle soup with carrots in a white bowl with a side of bread

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Chicken noodle soup with spoon in a white bowl and a lemon slice on the side
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Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panera Bread Chicken Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.5g 22%
Saturated Fat 3.8g 19%
Cholesterol 72.3mg 24%
Sodium 154.3mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 39.9g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2.8g
Protein 32g 64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:6 1.5 cup servings
Copycat Panera Bread Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 

Loaded with good-for-you ingredients and full of flavor and comfort- you guys are going to love this copycat Panera Bread chicken noodle soup!

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 stalks celery, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 5 medium carrots, sliced (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (32 oz.) carton low-sodium organic chicken broth*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta (for gluten-free, try quinoa or rice pasta)
  • 3 cups shredded or chopped rotisserie chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, celery and carrot to the large pot; cook, stirring frequently, for about 9 minutes or until carrot is tender. Add garlic and cook one minute more.

  3. Add broth and seasonings, stir to combine and bring to a boil. Add pasta and chicken, reduce heat to low; gently boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice and fresh parsley before serving. Taste and add additional salt, if needed.

Recipe Notes

*If you like more liquid in your soup, add an additional cup or two of chicken broth or water.
**Ingredients are a guide, use as little or as much as you prefer of each ingredient.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Main, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Chicken Noodle Soup, Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup, Panera Bread Chicken Noodle Soup

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