Chicken, Gluten Free, Soup

Savory Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s that time of year when everyone in the house unfortunately starts to get sick. The kids are in school and bringing home the goods, a.k.a germs and a few weeks back this horrible cold swept through our family leaving no one unscathed. When sickness hits a family the first thing that comes to mind is Chicken Noodle Soup. Did you know that it has been proven that Chicken Noodle Soup really does help with a cold. It doesn’t heal it but it can shorten the time you have the cold and help give your body the energy it needs to fight. I guess our moms and grandmothers have been right all this time:)

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Chicken noodle soup is one of my favorite things to make because I make it different each time based on what I have on hand. I have a simple version with just noodles and chicken and a more complex version with a load of hearty veggies, a hint of coconut milk and more herbs than you can wrap your mind around.

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This soup is rich, hearty and perfect for dinner. The smell of it alone will bring you back to your childhood and make you all warm and tingly inside. As with most soups, my chicken noodle soup is very versatile. While I don’t recommend taking out any ingredient you can by all means substitute an ingredient you have on hand with one found in the recipe. The key to this particular Chicken Noodle Soup is the coconut milk. Not too much and not too little. I didn’t particularly want a Thai version of the soup but I did want just a little extra hint of freshness. Just like with the use of a lemon- using coconut milk adds a nice little sweet and invigorating zing to the dish without being too overpowering. The chicken broth is fresh and savory and the loads of herbs add the special punch of flavor to the dish that most chicken noodle soups tend to lack. I have made this version gluten free by using chopped up gluten free noodles but if you are not GF  then by all means use whatever noodles suit your fancy! The soup pairs perfect with a loaf of french bread or grilled cheese and be sure to freeze the leftovers and reheat on the stove, stirring occasionally to dissolve any fat that has accumulated on the surface.

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Savory Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 rotisserie chicken cut up and cubed
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalk(s) celery, sliced including the green tops
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced or left whole
  • 1 onion, largely chopped
  • 2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • 1 TBSP rosemary
  • 2 TBSP thyme
  • 1 TBSP oregano
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 cup(s) gluten free spaghetti noodles, broken up (just place in a large ziploc bag and break it up before putting it in the pot
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large dutch oven. Toss in the onions and garlic. Saute on medium-low for 4-5 minutes. Add in the carrots, celery and mushrooms. Stir to combine and allow to cook for another 5 minutes. Now add in all of the seasonings, including the herbs. Stir to combine. Pour in the chicken broth and noodles and cook covered on medium-low until the noodles are nice and tender. Add in the cheese, coconut milk, heavy cream and chicken. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes then serve and enjoy.

17 Comments

  1. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    The coconut milk sounds great in here.

    30 . Sep . 2014
  2. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Your soup looks delicious and comforting. Nothing beats homemade chicken soup and I love the idea of using coconut milk.
    Sam

    30 . Sep . 2014
  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Your chicken soup with gf noodles looks so comforting and tasty. I would love to have some too.

    30 . Sep . 2014
  4. Liz

    Mmmm…I love the idea of adding Cajun seasoning. It’s perfect soup weather today…and yours is irresistible!

    01 . Oct . 2014
  5. Mandy - The Complete Book

    So sorry you have all been sick Belle, glad though you are all on the mend.
    This soup would never make it to the freezer as I doubt we would have any leftovers.
    Have a wonderful day Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    01 . Oct . 2014
  6. Brenda

    Sounds delicious! I am a little confused by the 1/2 cup heavy cream listed in the ingredients……when is this added?

    01 . Oct . 2014
  7. kitchen flavours

    Your soup looks delicious! I don’t mind having it on my “not sick” days too!
    Hope everyone is OK by now!

    01 . Oct . 2014
  8. sue/the view from great island

    We’re on the same page, I just made a classic chicken noodle soup — i love the unusual seasonings in yours!

    01 . Oct . 2014
  9. V

    I’m actually looking forward to the weather getting cooler, just so I can make this! This twist on the classic chicken noodle soup sounds delicious.

    01 . Oct . 2014
  10. val

    These pictures look like they have come out of a fancy cooking magazine. Great camera skills my friend. Such a fabulous recipe, too.

    01 . Oct . 2014
  11. Joanne

    Hmmm I wonder if veggie noodle soup has similar healing effects! Hope you are all feeling better!

    02 . Oct . 2014
  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Totally comforting, perfect for the beginning of October! You have more and more GF recipes here and it’s wonderful addition to your blog. I start to know more GF friends, so I can tell them you got great recipes. 🙂

    02 . Oct . 2014
  13. Balvinder

    This is my kind of thick and chunky soup, so delicious!

    02 . Oct . 2014
  14. Kristy

    Now this is a chicken noodle soup I would enjoy. I’ve never liked most chicken noodle soups I’ve had as they seem to lack flavor, but your flavors sound absolutely warming and delightful. There is nothing bland about this version! I like that you threw in some coconut milk too. Very clever!!! I’m definitely a fan of this one Jessica. 🙂

    06 . Oct . 2014
  15. Mary Frances

    This looks exceptionally comforting. I wonder if rice noodles would be a good alternative to normal pasta as well?

    06 . Oct . 2014
  16. Asmita

    This is comfort food! Looks amazing!!

    08 . Oct . 2014
  17. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Coconut milk in chicken noodle soup?! WANT 😀

    09 . Oct . 2014

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