Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup {Dairy-Free}

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An easy recipe for homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup. Loaded with chunks of chicken, tender carrots, celery, and gluten-free noodles in flavorful chicken broth all made in one pot! This gluten-free soup recipe is also dairy-free. 

bowl of gluten-free chicken noodle soup with crackers with the pot of soup in the background and parsley

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s soup season and making gluten-free chicken noodle soup from scratch is so easy! You only need a few simple ingredients to make this gluten-free soup.

You can see just how easy it is to make homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup in the recipe video.

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How To Make Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Add the olive oil to a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced carrots and celery, stirring occasionally until tender, cooking about 5 minutes. (photo 1)
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook about 1 minute.
  • Add the diced chicken pieces, onion powder, and dried thyme to the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in gluten-free chicken broth and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. (photo 2)
  • Add the gluten-free pasta and reduce heat to a low boil for 10 minutes. (photo 3)
  • Remove from heat; stir in the lemon juice. (photo 4)
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Allow the soup to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Is Chicken Broth Gluten-Free?

Most store-bought brands of chicken broth, chicken stock, bone broth, bouillon cubes, or powdered broth base are not gluten-free. Make sure to check the label!

I always keep Orrington Farms Chicken Flavored Broth Base in my pantry. It’s an easy and economical way to make gluten-free chicken broth. I buy it at Walmart.

What Is The Best Type Of Gluten-Free Pasta For Making Soup?

My favorite brands of gluten-free pasta are Barilla gluten-free and Jovial. My favorite type of gluten-free pasta to use to make chicken noodle soup is rotini. I like how the noddle shape holds up in the soup. The Barilla gluten-free Rotini noodles are also dairy-free and egg-free. 

I have also made this soup using gluten-free macaroni noodles, gluten-free penne pasta, gluten-free spaghetti, and Dynasty Maifun Rice Sticks (Asian rice noodles).

For more recommendations, see our article on the best gluten-free pastas.

Can I Make The Soup Ahead Of Time?

Chicken noodle soup can be easily made ahead of time and reheated. You may want to add an extra 1-2 cups of broth to the soup because gluten-free pasta expands and soaks up some of the chicken broth.

My family likes more noodles than soup, so I reheat the soup as is and do not need to add more broth. But you can add more broth if you like.

overhead shot of gluten-free chicken noodle soup in a pot and bowl with a spoon and crackers.

Can I Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?

Chicken Noodle Soup freezes well without the noodles added to it or else the pasta will get mushy. If you want to batch freeze the soup, follow the directions and do not add the noodles. When you are ready to serve, simply defrost and add freshly cooked noodles.

Tips For Making The Best Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Chop carrots and celery at least 1/4-inch thick. If you chop your vegetables too thin, they can become mushy.
  • If you like your noodles more al dente, cook them separately and then add the noodles to the soup once it’s cooked.
  • The gluten-free noodles will absorb the broth. If you want more soup, add an additional 1-2 cups of gluten-free broth.
  • Don’t add the salt or the pepper until you have tasted the soup. A lot of the time broth can already be salty.
  • It’s easy to change up the vegetables. You just want to make sure you cook them until they are soft.
  • You can use one chopped onion in place of the onion powder if you like. My family does not like the texture of chopped onions that’s why I use onion powder.
  • If you are not feeding a large family like mine and you do not want leftovers, you can easily cut the recipe in half.
  • If you want a creamy chicken noodle soup, you can swap out the broth for a cup or two of milk.

Shortcuts For Making Chicken Noodle Soup

  • I make my own gluten-free chicken broth by using Orrington Farms Chicken Flavored Broth Base.
  • You can use any type of cut-up chicken you prefer. I often use boneless and skinless chicken thighs.
  • You can use leftover chicken to make the soup. I often use leftover shredded chicken. I have a super easy recipe for Gluten-Free Rotisserie Style Shredded Chicken.
  • You can use gluten-free rotisserie chicken to save time. Always check the labels of the store-bought rotisserie chicken because some of the seasonings are not gluten-free. I like Costco’s rotisserie chicken.
  • I keep lemon juice concentrate in my refrigerator at all times. (The little plastic lemons filled with lemon juice in the produce department.)

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What To Serve With Chicken Noodle Soup

My family loves it when I make my Gluten-Free Sweet Cornbred or Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits with soup. It’s so quick and easy to bake cornbread or biscuits to go with the soup.

Sometimes I will bake my Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls or a fresh loaf of my Gluten-Free Bread or even my easy Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipe. Making yeast bread takes a little longer than cornbread or biscuits but, it is such a treat for my family.

We also like Schar’s Gluten-Free Table Crackers with soup. I buy them at Walmart.

Can I Make The Soup In A Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can modify my recipe to make it in a crockpot. Making soup in the slow cooker is an easy way to make dinner ahead of time. Place the olive oil and the diced chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in gluten-free chicken broth, seasonings, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

Stir the gluten-free pasta into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Stir in lemon juice and serve.

Can I Make The Soup In The Instant Pot?

You can also make this soup in a pressure cooker. I find it much easier to make the soup on the stovetop, but I do also love my Instant Pot.

Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add the olive oil, garlic, carrots, and celery and saute for 3 minutes until the vegetables soften.

Stir in the gluten-free chicken broth and the seasonings. Add the diced chicken pieces. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to the Soup setting and set the timer to 7 minutes.

Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, wait until the natural release cycle is complete, which is about 10 minutes. (Or if you are in a rush quick-release) Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot.

Add the gluten-free noodles to the soup and set the Instant Pot to the saute setting again. Cook for another 8-10 minutes uncovered, or until the noodles are cooked. Turn off the Instant Pot by pressing the cancel button and stir in the lemon juice.

Dairy-Free Cooking

This gluten-free chicken noodle soup recipe is naturally dairy-free. Most of my family are also dairy-free (including me), so I always try and have my recipe be dairy-free or have a dairy-free option also.

Some of my favorite dairy-free alternatives that I like to bake and cook with are unsweetened almond or coconut milk. I also like baking and cooking with Smart Balance butter, olive oil, or coconut oil.

close up shot of a bowl of gluten-free chicken noodle soup with a spoon and crackers. The pot of soup is in the background.

Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

This gluten-free chicken noodle soup is an easy gluten-free dinner that can be made in less than an hour. The recipe also makes enough for leftovers.

This cozy and comforting soup is perfect for cold nights. There’s nothing quite as comforting as chicken noodle soup!

If you enjoy soups, also take a look at my recipe for Gluten-Free Chicken and Dumplings and my family’s favorite Gluten-Free Chili!

More Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes To Try!

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5 from 14 votes

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup {Dairy-Free}

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
bowl of gluten-free chicken noodle soup with a spoon and crackers with the pot of soup and parsley in the background
An easy recipe for homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup. Loaded with chunks of chicken, tender carrots, celery, and gluten-free noodles in flavorful chicken broth all made in one pot! This gluten-free soup recipe is also dairy-free. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, You can substitute a teaspoon of garlic powder if you don't have minced garlic.
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 cups gluten-free chicken broth, I like Orrington Farms Chicken Flavored Broth Base. I buy it from Walmart.
  • 1 12-ounce box gluten-free pasta, I like Barilla gluten-free Rotini.
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, This step is optional but so good!
  • salt and pepper, to taste, Taste your soup before adding more salt. Broths are often salty.

Instructions 

  • Add the olive oil to a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced carrots and celery, stirring occasionally, until tender, cooking about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic for and cook about 1 minute.
  • Add the diced chicken pieces, onion powder, and dried thyme to the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in gluten-free chicken broth and bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the gluten-free pasta and reduce heat to a low boil for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in the lemon juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Allow the soup to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Video

Notes

  • Make sure to check your chicken broth label to confirm it is gluten-free.
  • I like the Barilla gluten-free Rotini noodles.
  • The gluten-free noodle will expand as the soup cools and absorb some of the broth. Add 1-2 cups of broth when serving leftovers if you want more soup. 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • See the post for the slow cooker and Instant Pot instructions. 
  • Mama says, "always check your labels!"

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 8gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 726mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2412IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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15 Comments

  1. Very yummy recipe! I have made it twice, and I add turmeric for its many benefits including the anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting properties.

  2. My non-gluten free husband loved this recipe as much as I did. I made it with rice rotini noodles and it came out perfectly! I had no problem with the noodles disintegrating at all. In fact, the noodles were just as firm the next day when we ate the leftovers. You definitely need to add more broth when you make this soup if you want it “soupier”. We love this easy and tasty recipe!

  3. Love the idea of boiling noodles separately so my non gf husband gets gluten egg noodles. Trader Joe’s fresh egg gf fettuccini works well, but I would boil separately as they might disintegrate if cooked 10 minutes.

  4. I just finished making this, and loved it. Will look forward to many more pots of it, and will have fun adding extras such as mushrooms, corn, and other vegetables. Will also try switching out the thyme for tarragon, especially with the lemon added in. Thanks for this great recipe!

  5. This recipe is excellent. I’ve made it multiple times for my family. I’ve made it for sick friends. Huge hit every time.

  6. This was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! I used jovial egg noodles and it tasted wonderful!

  7. Recently had to adjust to gluten free for our family after the diagnosis of some health issues… I have tried a few of your recipes and you are now my go-to whenever I’m looking for a recipe I need to make gluten free. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! They have helped us so much. We loved this soup!

  8. Delicious! Great tips too, I love when a recipe is customizable. Making this now to sooth my sick day blues!

  9. This looks absolutely delicious. I haven’t tried it yet but I know it will be good because ALL your recipes are! Looking forward to making it. Hope you are doing well after your surgery. Take care!