Our favorite creamy chicken noodle soup! We took our easy chicken noodle soup recipe and tweaked it to make it deliciously creamy. Bonus, you can make this soup from scratch in under 45 minutes!
Note: Some creamy chicken soups are so thick that they remind me of pudding. If that’s the soup you are after, we will have to agree to disagree. For this creamy soup, we thicken the broth with a mixture of butter and flour until it’s silky and ever so slightly thicker than plain broth. Then to add richness, we use cream to finish the soup.
3 tablespoons butter, chicken fat or olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped (optional)
Heaped tablespoon minced garlic (4 cloves)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme or use 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs (4 or 5 thighs)
6 cups chicken stock or broth, low sodium or use homemade stock
5 ounces egg noodles (or pasta of choice)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream
Pinch or two crushed red chili peppers, optional for heat
Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring every few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften; 5 to 6 minutes.
Stir in the flour and cook while stirring it around the pan for about 2 minutes.
Add the thyme and bay leaves, then, while stirring, pour in the chicken stock. Bring the soup to a low simmer, taste it, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Depending on the stock used, you might need to add one or more teaspoons of salt.
Submerge the chicken thighs into the soup so that the broth covers them. Bring the soup back to a low simmer, then partially cover the pot with a lid and cook, stirring a few times until the chicken thighs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. (If, during this time, the broth seems low, add a splash more stock or a bit of water and reduce the heat a little.)
Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate. Stir the noodles into the soup and cook until done, 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of noodles used.
While the noodles cook, shred the chicken into strips or dice into cubes. Slide the chicken back into the pot with the parsley and cream. Taste the soup once more for seasoning. Adjust with more salt and pepper, as needed (we enjoy this soup with a generous amount of pepper or a pinch of crushed red peppers stirred in).