This braces friendly chicken noodle soup is hearty, comforting, and delicious, and it can be made in under an hour.

Braces Friendly Chicken Noodle Soup

By Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC
Posted on December 04, 2020

bowl of braces friendly chicken noodle soup

This chicken noodle soup will warm you on chilly nights and comfort you when you’re not feeling well. It’s also easy to make and easy to eat, so it should definitely be on the menu when someone in the family has new braces or has just had an adjustment.

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook time: 40 Minutes     Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • Heaping tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 10 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 5 ounces egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion, carrots, and celery until just tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add garlic; cook while stirring, about 1 minute.
  • Pour in chicken broth or stock. Add rosemary and thyme, and bring to a low simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken thighs to the soup, making sure they are covered by the broth. Bring soup back to low simmer, then partially cover the pot with a lid. Cook, stirring a few times, until the chicken thighs are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  • Turn heat to medium-low. Remove chicken thighs to a plate. Stir noodles into the soup and cook until done, 6-10 minutes depending on type of pasta used. Shred or dice chicken while noodles are cooking.
  • When the noodles are done, add the chicken back into the soup. Add more salt or pepper to taste, and serve.


  • While all soft cooked pasta is generally considered braces friendly, you may want to use thinner noodles broken into smaller pieces or smaller types of pasta to make it even easier to eat the first week after getting braces or after an adjustment.
  • For a richer broth, add a tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder or granules. Alternatively, and for a more nutrient dense version of the soup, you could use bone broth instead of traditional chicken broth/stock.
  • If you plan on freezing the soup, hold off on adding the noodles so that they don’t become soggy. Then when you’re reheating it, add the uncooked noodles and simmer until they’re done.

Adapted from a recipe found on

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