Old-Fashioned Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Old-Fashioned Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Published on Friday, January 26, 2024 by Kelly Velting

Celebrate National Soup Month with a Flavorful Twist on Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

January is National Soup Month! What better way to celebrate and bring in the new year than with a good old-fashioned bowl of chicken noodle soup. You can easily make this soup gluten-free or gluten-full.  I have also included a list of tips and alternatives you can try to change this old favorite into your own personalized delight.

Browning the Chicken for Elevated Flavor

When making this recipe, some cooking tips and tricks will take the flavor to a whole different level. A crucial step in elevating your soup's flavor is browning the chicken. Heat oil, add chicken to form a single layer, and stress the importance of not overcrowding the pan for rich flavor infusion. Let the chicken sit undisturbed, chop ingredients, and flip for enhanced taste after 3-4 minutes. Delicately remove the perfectly browned chicken to a separate bowl, emphasizing the worth of this meticulous browning step.

Savor the Flavorful Bits: Cooking Technique

After browning, transfer the chicken to a bowl, keeping flavorful bits on the pan. Quickly add a tablespoon of oil and vegetables, stirring to prevent burning. Cook vegetables over medium-low heat until tender, adjusting with more oil if needed. Introduce white wine, using a spoon to scrape off savory bits from the pan's bottom. The wine's acidity effortlessly releases these flavorful elements, enriching your soup's taste.

Creative Alternatives to Customize Your Soup

  1. Roasted Chicken Thighs: Swap chicken breasts with thighs for a richer flavor. Roast thighs in olive oil and 1 tsp salt at 350°F for 45 minutes before adding to the soup.
  2. Sweet and Fibrous Twist: Enhance sweetness and fiber by including a peeled and chopped parsnip in your soup.
  3. Kale Boost: Increase fiber with 1 cup of finely chopped kale. Freeze it first, and it will easily crumble into your soup.
  4. Onion Flavor without Onions: If you crave onion flavor but can't have onions, omit yellow onions and add ½ cup chopped scallions.
  5. Garlic Flavor without Garlic: Swap garlic with finely chopped shallots for a mild and sweet alternative, perfect for those with sensitivities.
  6. Spicy Kick: Add ½ tsp red pepper flakes for a warming touch and a hint of heat.
  7. Gluten-Free Noodles: Opt for Trader Joe’s® Gluten-Free Egg Fettuccine Pasta to replace traditional spaghetti noodles. Enjoy the delicious texture without gluten.
  8. Gluten-FULL Option: Make the recipe gluten-FULL using regular all-purpose flour and traditional wheat noodles.
  9. Rice Variation: Skip the noodles and incorporate 1 ½ cups of cooked brown rice for a hearty alternative.
  10. Low Sodium Choice: Reduce sodium intake by using Kitchen Basics® Unsalted Chicken Stock, available at most grocery stores, for a flavorful yet low-sodium option.

In closing, as you embark on your culinary journey to create the perfect chicken noodle soup, remember that the beauty of this classic dish lies in its versatility. Whether you opt for gluten-free or the traditional version, these tips and alternatives allow you to tailor the recipe to your preferences. From the rich flavor of roasted chicken thighs to the sweet crunch of parsnips and the warmth of red pepper flakes, each variation adds a unique touch. So, celebrate National Soup Month by transforming this timeless favorite into your own signature creation. 

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Old-Fashioned Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Servings: 6


  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hours 0 mins




  • 1.5 – 1.75 lbs Boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Carrots, peeled & diced 
  • 1 cup Celery, diced
  • 1 ½ cups Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp Canola Oil or Olive Oil, plus an extra teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup Gluten-Free Flour
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Dried Sage, plus an extra ¼ tsp for adding at the end
  • ¼ tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp Iodized Salt
  • ½ tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Dry White Wine (Pinot Grigio works well)
  • 2 (32oz) cartons Chicken Stock (Kitchen Basics® brand is my favorite)
  • 12oz Gluten-Free Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped


  1. Boil gluten-free noodles as directed.
  2. Trim chicken, coat in flour, garlic, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper mixture.
  3. Brown chicken in 1 tbsp oil; set aside.
  4. Strain noodles, toss with 1 tsp olive oil, and set aside.
  5. Chop vegetables. Cook in 1 tbsp oil until tender.
  6. Add white wine, scraping savory bits.
  7. Reintroduce chicken, pour in chicken stock, add sage. Bring to a boil.
  8. Turn off heat. Add noodles and parsley.
  9. Serve this old-fashioned gluten-free, dairy-free chicken noodle soup with some fresh baked gluten-free bread on the side or the old-fashioned sidekick, salty, crispy gluten-free crackers. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 443.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 1181.8mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 57.6g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3.7g 14%
Sugars 2.7g
Protein 33.8g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


For those with sensitivities to onions or garlic, check out the article for valuable substitution ideas that ensure you can still enjoy the full and flavorful experience of this chicken noodle soup. Discover alternative ingredients that maintain the essence of the dish while catering to your dietary preferences.