5 from 2 votes

Chicken Alphabet Noodle Soup

Cozy and comforting, this Alphabet Soup is a healthy and nutritious soup recipe loved by the whole family!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa

Ingredients

For the chicken broth

  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 bay leaves

For the soup

Instructions

For the chicken broth

  • To prepare the chicken broth (optional- see notes), add the chicken thighs and chicken breasts to a large stockpot. Add approximately 3 quarts of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • After the broth has finished simmering and the chicken has finished cooking, remove from heat. Carefully remove the chicken from the broth to a clean cutting board and set aside to rest until cool enough to handle. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a clean pot to remove any impurities. Shred the chicken.

For the soup

  • Approximately 15 minutes before you strain the chicken broth, chop and cook the vegetables. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until the onions turn translucent. Add the carrots and celery to the onions and mix well to combine. Continue to cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often. In the last two minutes stir in the minced garlic, mixing well to combine.
  • Transfer the chicken broth and shredded chicken to the vegetables. Stir in the salt, pepper, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are fully cooked.
  • Cook the noodles separately. As the soup simmers bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and toss with olive oil. Set aside.
  • Add approximately 1/2 cup of the prepared alphabet pasta to each bowl and ladle soup directly on top. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • Cut back on cook time and use store-bought chicken stock¬†(approximately 3 quarts, or 10-12 cups) with shredded rotisserie¬†chicken. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • This alphabet-shaped pasta is great.
  • Feel free to cook the alphabet pasta right in with the soup if you prefer. I always cook my noodles separately to prevent them from turning soggy.
  • This soup is great served with these Oyster and Soup Crackers.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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