Lunch | Dinner

Pesto Chicken and Noodles

  • 5 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 30–35 Mins

    Cook Time

  • 6


  • 353


  • 15g


  • 22g


  • 26g




  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Carrots, peeled 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, to taste
  • Pepper, if well tolerated
  • EEgg:

    Replace the egg noodles with an egg-free version

  • GGluten:

    Substitute a gluten-free noodle for the egg noodle

  • 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 extra virgin olive oil in a large pot. Add the sliced carrots and cook until softened, about five minutes.

  • 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.

  • 4.

    Prepare Noodles Remove the chicken breasts from the soup and shred. Return to the pot and add four 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.

  • 6.

    Serve & Enjoy Season with salt and pepper, if well tolerated, to taste. Enjoy!

  • 7.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe Created by Meijer Registered Dietitians

Nourishment Notes


Chicken is a lean source of protein and may provide your body with the building blocks it needs to build healthy cells.


Carrots contain vitamin A and potassium. Vitamin A is important in strengthening the immune system and building healthy cells, and potassium is a key nutrient that can be low as a result of a flare.


A main ingredient in pesto is olive oil, which contains monounsaturated fats. These types of healthy fats may help to reduce the inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Remission Remix

  • Add Additional Vegetables

    Add additional vegetables to this soup like celery or onions.

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