Jazz Up Your Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe with Herbs and Turmeric

This healthy chicken noodle soup recipe is the perfect meal for warming up a winter. The addition of turmeric makes it great for cold and flu season.

If you love soup, be sure to try this roasted tomato soup with garlic and basil, too!

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Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

This healthy chicken noodle soup recipe incorporates healing herbs and spices, making it perfect for cold and flu season. (Don’t relegate it to sick days, though — it’s tasty and healthy any time of year!)

Did you know that chicken soup was used in ancient times as a cold remedy? Some doctors believe it may help clear congestion and hydrate the body.

Whether your body is fighting off an infection or you are just looking for a warm, soothing meal this winter, this flavorful recipe for chicken noodle soup is so delicious and satisfying, it’s bound to do the trick!

Using Turmeric in this Chicken Soup

The addition of turmeric gives this soup a rich golden color, but turmeric is good for you, too!

Turmeric has become an important herbal ally in recent years, especially for those who have excess inflammation, such as arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome or old sports injuries. Turmeric root is in the same family as the more commonly found ginger and is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. — Colleen Codekas in Healing Herbal Infusions

Whether you grow your own turmeric as we do, or rely on a quality source for purchasing turmeric powder, it’s a great addition to soups and stews.

Other Ingredients

Chicken — The recipe as written calls for chicken breasts. There’s no reason you couldn’t use cooked, shredded chicken leftover from a roasted bird

Chicken broth — I keep homemade chicken broth on hand, either in the freezer or in the pantry. You can use homemade broth or store bought. 

Carrots — Slice the carrots into rounds or cut them smaller if you prefer. Either way is fine. 

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Pasta — The recipe calls for whole wheat pasta, but you can use what you have. Macaroni and fusili are good shapes. 

Aromatics  — This recipe uses both garlic and green onions. Finely chopped garlic adds that spicy zing we all love so much. Peel the cloves and leave them whole. Can you use powdered? You could, but… 

Herbs & Spices — Flavor this delicious homemade soup with fresh thyme, fresh sage, salt, and pepper. If you don’t care for cilantro, use parsley.

Making this Soup

Saute the green onion in olive oil, stirring until fragran, then add the garlic and carrots. 

Add the chicken, salt, pepper, thyme, sage, and turmeric. Brown the chicken for 8-10 minutes or until mostly white (not pink) on the outside. If using cooked chicken, shorten this time frame to just a minute or two. 

Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the macaroni and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until the carrots are softened, the pasta is al dente, and the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle. Add the cilantro and stir.

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Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This healthy chicken noodle soup recipe is the perfect meal for warming up a winter. The addition of turmeric makes it great for cold and flu season.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon green onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, (peeled and sliced into ½-inch thick rounds)
  • 1½ pounds organic chicken breast, (cut into 1-inch by 1-inch pieces)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 6 cups chicken broth, (Try this homemade recipe!)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced, (you may substitute with parsley if preferred)*
  • 1 cup dry whole wheat pasta such as macaroni or fusilli

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add the green onion and stir until fragrant, about one minute. Add the garlic and stir continuously for 30 seconds to prevent burning. Stir in carrots and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, thyme, sage, and turmeric. Brown the chicken for 8-10 minutes or until mostly white (not pink) on the outside.
  3. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until the carrots are softened, the pasta is al dente, and the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle.
  4. Add the cilantro and stir. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve!

Notes

To preserve fresh herbs, fill a single well (or more if needed) of an ice cube tray about half full with finely chopped herbs, then top off with water and freeze. Once solid, pop out the cubes, place in an airtight freezer bag, and freeze.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 732mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 25g

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cover of what a good eater cookbookIn What a Good Eater!, Amy and Alessandra have compiled a large collection of flavorful recipes that the entire family — including the kids — will love. All of these recipes are simple to pull together and most use fresh ingredients, herbs, and spices.

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Originally published February 2017; this post has been updated.

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About the author: Amy Godiwalla is co-author of the What a Good Eater! cookbook, available on Amazon. She writes for the What a Good Eater! food blog, is a contributing writer for Attainable Sustainable, and versions of her work have appeared elsewhere online. Amy and her husband, Shaun, live in Denver, Colorado, with their two little boys. When Amy is not feeding little mouths or inventing recipes, she enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, cooking, traveling to the mountains, sipping hot chocolate at ski resorts, and wine tasting.

2 comments… add one
  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 18:43

    Very tasty and easy to make!

  • Abby Smas Apr 30, 2017 @ 3:48

    A few shakes of cayenne make this complete. Among it’s many virtues, cayenne pepper’s antioxidents and beta carotene support the immune system.

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