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Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup is made with chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, broth, wide egg noodles as well as lemon juice.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup sweet Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper



  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery and onions and sauté until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken, chicken broth and thyme into the pot. Bring the broth to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred. Return the shredded chicken as well as the noodles and lemon juice, until the noodles are cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.

Instant Pot:

  1. Hit sauté function for 10 minutes. Stir in the oil, carrots, celery, garlic and onions and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, chicken, and thyme. Close lid and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. Quick release and take the chicken out and put it on a plate. Shred the chicken with two forks, and return the chicken back into the pot.  Add the noodles and lemon juice and pressure cook on high for 0 minutes (yes zero).


  • Use high-quality ingredients: The flavor of the soup depends heavily on the quality of the ingredients you use. Use fresh, high-quality vegetables and chicken for the best flavor.
  • Sauté the vegetables: Sautéing the vegetables before adding them to the soup can help to enhance their flavor and texture. This step can be done easily in the Instant Pot using the sauté function.
  • Use chicken broth: Using chicken broth instead of water can add a lot of flavor to the soup. You can use homemade chicken broth or store-bought.
  • Season well: Don't be shy with the seasoning. Use plenty of salt and pepper, and consider adding other herbs and spices such as thyme, rosemary, or bay leaves to add flavor.
  • Add noodles at the end: Add the noodles to the soup during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent them from becoming too soft.
  • Shred the chicken: Shred the chicken into small pieces before adding it back to the soup. This will make the chicken more tender and easier to eat.
  • Let the soup rest: After cooking, let the soup rest for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. This can help to enhance the flavor of the soup.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 mintues
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 229.9
  • Sodium: 432.9 mg
  • Fat: 5.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 14.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.4 mg