RECIPE: Chef Jeff's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

by Meredith Grace
  • Total Time: 20 Mins
  • Cook: 10 Mins
  • Prep: 10 Mins
  • Serves: 5 servings


  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 cups chopped broccoli, stems and florets
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups ready cooked shredded chicken

In this series, contributor Meredith Grace shares her favorite make-ahead meals that your family will love, based on Z Living shows.

Here is a variation of Chef Jeff’s chicken noodle soup recipe from Flip My Food. Skip the canned soup and warm your body with a healthy, homemade meal.


  1. Heat oil in medium pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and celery and sauté until vegetables have softened about 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add broccoli, spinach and chicken stock to pot. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook vegetables until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes
  3. Pour soup into a blender and puree in batches until smooth. Stir in half-and-half and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with shredded chicken. 
Z Living's Flip Tip:  Use the leftover shredded chicken from your Sunday roast dinner and stick it in the freezer for a later date! You’ll really cut your food waste down significantly if you use the leftover shredded chicken from your Sunday roast dinner in this recipe and stick it in the freezer for a later date. And if you’re a real food prep pro, you can use to the chicken carcass to make homemade chicken stock (also freezer-friendly) for the best chicken noodle soup you’ve ever tasted.

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WATCH on Z Living: Flip My Food, where each week charismatic celebrity chef Jeff Henderson takes on a different city and a different food challenge to transform beloved recipes into healthy new dishes. See a sneak peek here.

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