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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.

You may also like my Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole or Chicken Tortellini Soup next.

a bowl of chicken and noodles with a fork

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!

Craving beef instead? Head on over to my Easy Beef and Noodles.

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
ingredients for chicken and noodles on a marble countertop

Helpful tips

  • 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.

frying onions and making sauce for chicken and noodles in a soup pot

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.

adding in chicken and noodles to a soup pot

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

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.
a pot with chicken and noodles and a wooden spoon

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.

a bowl of chicken and noodles with a fork
4.93 from 108 votes

Easy One Pot Chicken and Noodles

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.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 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 uncooked egg noodles extra wide size
  • 2 cups cooked chicken I used rotisserie
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley optional, to taste

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 1076mg, Potassium: 401mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 661IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 2mg

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

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251 Comments

  1. Al says:

    5 stars
    So good, simple and comforting! Used organic chicken stock and organic cream of mushroom soup. Subbed half and half. Let the noodles sit for some time on low to thicken and absorb the sauce. Served it over mashed potatoes. It was all gone. Thank you for your recipe!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!

  2. Lynn says:

    5 stars
    Easy to prepare and very tasty!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Lynn!

  3. Wendy says:

    Haven’t tried the recipe yet but will soon. Sounds like something my family will love. I am not a big fan of mushroom soup so would cream of chicken work?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Wendy! Yes that will work fine.

  4. Annabel says:

    Very nice. I tweaked it a little. I roasted my own chicken with a sea salt rub, that consisted of mixed herbs as well and juniper berries, as well as adding some soy sauce, a little more juniper berries, extra virgin olive oil and a whole head of garlic in the cavity. That garlic was later used, when I was sauteeing some small red onions, in the butter. I used bone broth, cream and a mushroom bisque, from Amy’s kitchen. I added cheese. I had mine with chilli flakes. I also don’t trust Campbell’s.

    1. Natasha says:

      Sounds good to me!

      1. Annabel says:

        I forgot to add. I also added some of the pan drippings to the soup. I love how versatile the dish is. I might try a few different things. We are not American, but there are many things unique to your part of the world, that excite me, food wise. I grew up in Asia and people visiting Asian countries often talk about how good our food is, and whilst I agree, sometimes, I come across something like this and just want to try the dish. Cheesy, chicken goodness. I must say, I do also enjoy a nice cornbread. I have been hankering after lobster rolls and Philly cheesesteak. Fell in love with a homemade biscuit, that I tried in an American home, almost 30 years ago as a teenager, sporting a nice shiner ( Don’t ever try to scare your younger brothers in the dark….before calculating the distance between the heavy chest of drawers and the bed). That biscuit was beautiful. The hostess called it chicken in a biscuit. It was an actual biscuit, that tasted like chicken. To any non US reader, the biscuit, is a scone. Not crackers. I haven’t had that since, but will try to see if I can find a recipe. Biscuits and gravy, will also be coming up, soon. Our house will have Malaysian/Singaporean/Indian/Chinese style food one week, (I would die for a good mutton curry and xiao long bao) and hopefully, smell like a Southern home or Texas roadhouse barbecue next. Then, a little Greek village, another week. Occasionally, you will smell a wine flavoured bolognese from this Eurasian kitchen.

    2. Wanda Pittman says:

      When you put a whole bulb of garlic in the chicken, do you just stick the bulb in, or do you unwrap each clove and put all of them in? Sorry, I’ve never done that before! Thanks!

  5. Abby Kimbell says:

    5 stars
    My husband and I love this recipe just as it is! So good!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! 😀 So happy you guys like this one. Thanks for your review, Abby!