This chicken and noodles recipe is a time-saving family meal that's made all in one pot in just 30 minutes! It has tender chicken and buttery egg noodles all smothered in a creamy sauce.
Why you'll love it
Everyone loves an inexpensive yet cozy dinner, and there's definitely no shame in opening up a can of soup every so often as a shortcut to help a recipe along. This homestyle creamy chicken and noodles is a stovetop classic that feeds hungry mouths with minimal effort, and that's always a win. It's great year-round but makes an especially good cooler weather meal.
I just can't get enough of the sauce. It's the ultimate savory sauce that takes all the best flavors from Chicken Noodle Soup and basically concentrates them into one saucy, creamy noodle dish. Just a handful of pantry ingredients combine in this comforting meal, and using leftover or rotisserie chicken makes it that much more convenient!
What you'll need
- Butter - for sautéing
- Onion - you can use whichever variety you have on hand, but our kitchen likes sweet (Vidalia) onions best
- Garlic - for savory goodness. Use even more if you're a big fan. I like to use this garlic press to quickly mince it since you don't even need to peel the cloves.
- Chicken broth - to add depth and richness to the sauce
- Heavy cream - it adds texture and luxuriousness
- Cream of mushroom soup - condensed soup is a tried and true shortcut
- Egg noodles - use extra wide (broad) egg noodles for best results. You'll find them in the dry pasta aisle at the grocery store.
- Chicken - use any leftover cooked chicken you have, like from a Roast Chicken, or buy rotisserie
- As with any one pot meal, use recipe timing as a guideline and adjust as needed since pots and stoves can vary. If liquid levels are getting low before the pasta is cooked, add a little more chicken broth or cream and/or reduce the heat, and if there's too much liquid, simply cook it for a bit longer.
- Sensitive to salt? You may want to use reduced sodium versions of chicken broth and the condensed soup.
- I have not tested swapping the cream for something else. It adds richness and helps the sauce have a thicker texture, so I'd use caution against using something lower fat like half-and-half or milk.
How to make chicken and noodles
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, sauté the onion in the butter until softened. Stir in the garlic. Add in the broth, heavy cream, and can of condensed soup. Stir until incorporated, and increase the heat.
Once boiling, add in the egg noodles. Give it the occasional stir as it simmers and cooks the noodles while reducing the sauce. Add in the chicken and warm it through. Season with salt & pepper, and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy right away!
Substitutions and variations
- You could add some finely chopped veggies for some color. Try frozen peas and carrots and/or corn, or throw in a couple handfuls of fresh spinach towards the end of cooking time.
- If you're not a fan of cream of mushroom soup, swap with cream of chicken or cream of celery or even condensed cheddar soup.
- Want it to be cheesy? Add in a cup or so of grated cheddar or some freshly grated parmesan!
- If using a different kind of pasta, be mindful that cooking time and/or liquids may need to be adjusted.
What to serve with it
- It's a great complete meal in itself, but I wouldn't say no to pairing it with a slice of Extra Cheesy Garlic Bread for all-out comfort food. A dinner roll works too.
- For something lighter, try a side salad with mixed greens, your favorite veggies, and my Olive Garden Salad Dressing or Homemade Ranch Dressing.
Leftovers and storage
- Leftover chicken and noodles will last 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container, but keep in mind the pasta will soften up and soak up the sauce over time.
- Reheat leftovers on low heat. Either the stove or microwave works.
- I don't recommend freezing leftovers. Creamy sauces and pasta usually don't hold up well after thawing.
If you have any questions about this easy chicken and noodles recipe or want to leave a review, talk to me in the comments below! You can always tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram as well with your creations.
Easy One Pot Chicken and Noodles
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1 (10.5) ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 3 cups egg noodles extra wide size
- 2 cups cooked chicken I used rotisserie
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley optional, to taste
- In a Dutch oven or pot, sauté the onion in the butter for 4-5 minutes over medium heat.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add in the chicken broth, heavy cream, and cream of mushroom soup. Stir until combined and increase the heat to high.
- Once it's boiling, add in the egg noodles. Cook for 10 minutes, uncovered, stirring fairly often. Turn the heat down (to medium or even medium-low) to maintain a rapid simmer (not a furious boil). You don't want the liquid to reduce too much before the pasta has cooked. See notes below for troubleshooting tips.
- Stir in the chicken and let it warm through, then season with salt & pepper as needed and top with fresh parsley if using. Serve immediately.
- Pots and stoves can vary so timing may need to be adjusted. If the noodles aren't yet cooked and the liquid level is getting too low (like they're in danger of sticking and burning), turn the heat down and/or add a splash more broth or cream. If there's too much liquid, cook for a little longer.
- You may want to use low-sodium versions of the cream of mushroom soup and the chicken broth if you're sensitive to salt.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.