Lunch | Dinner

Pesto Chicken and Noodle Soup

  • 5 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 30-35 Mins

    Cook Time

  • 6


  • 353


  • 15g


  • 22g


  • 26g




  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Carrots, peeled, washed and sliced
  • 8 Cups Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth, divided
  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 4 Cups Egg Noodles (dry)
  • ½ Cup Basil Pesto
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • EEggs:

    Replace the egg noodles with an egg-free version

  • GGluten :

    Replace the noodles with a gluten-free version

  • DDairy:

    Pesto contains cheese. Use a cheese-free pesto.


  • 1.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

  • 2.

    Heat Oil with Carrots Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a large pot. Add the sliced carrots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Use separate cutting boards for carrots and the raw chicken.

  • 3.

    Add Chicken Turn the heat to high. Add four cups chicken broth and the chicken breasts to the pot. Simmer the chicken breasts in the broth until they are cooked through and easy to shred with two forks, about 20 minutes. Wash hands and cooking utensils that touched the raw chicken meat.

  • 4.

    Prepare Noodles Remove the chicken breasts from the soup and shred. Return to the pot and add 4 additional cups of chicken broth and the noodles. Let noodles simmer in soup until tender, about 7-8 minutes.

  • 5.

    Add Pesto After noodles are tender, turn the heat to low and stir in pesto until well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

  • 6.

    Store Refrigerate soup within 2 hours. Soup will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.

  • 7.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe Created by Meijer Registered Dietitians

Nourishment Notes


Chicken is an excellent lean protein source. Protein needs may be elevated when going through cancer treatments.

Chicken Broth

Chicken broth provides moisture to foods, making them easier to chew and swallow. Broth is also helpful for hydrating the body.


Carrots contain vitamin A. Vitamin A is important in strengthening the immune system and building healthy cells.

Fatigue Buster

  • Pesto

    Use jarred or pre-made pesto to reduce preparation time.

  • Chicken

    Use pre-shredded rotisserie chicken instead of making your own to reduce the preparation time.

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