Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

Cranberries add surprisingly delicious flavor to a classic chicken noodle soup.

Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Welcome to #CranberryWeek! All week long I will be sharing my newest recipes for using that delicious autumn berry along with a group of blogging friends. I am sure we will have it  covered from A-Z!

I will  also be posting  jointly  with the Foodie Extravaganza group today, where  the  monthly theme is on Creative Chicken Soups.  And believe me, when chickens jump into  the  soup  pot with cranberries,  it certainly  is creative!

My recipe for today is Cranberry  Chicken Noodle Soup- something I imagined as a  soup version of the  old Catalina Cranberry Chicken  which has chicken pieces  baked  in a mixture of onion soup mix, cranberry sauce,  and Catalina French dressing. Isn’t that a wild combination? I know, I know. I couldn’t  get my head wrapped around it either when I first  tried it, but the chicken itself tasted sort of  like  Cranberry BBQ chicken.

For the soup, I wasn’t going  to dump Catalina dressing in as a component, but since I know how to make that kind of thing from scratch,  I could take the flavors from it I liked that go well with soup  flavors and put it in.

Of course, the chicken version didn’t have noodles added (although it does sound  pretty  good if  you take the chicken off the bones  and pile it on). And neither did  it have the extra veggies- but I like chunky veg in my soup, and these went especially well,  I love those  big pieces  of carrots!

But  as for the  soup, you’ll just have to try it  and see how  good it  is.  And even though I made this  with chicken,  you could easily use  some Thanksgiving leftovers like the cranberry sauce,  and also chunks of roast turkey. I like being frugal and repurposing extra food. Don’t you?

Cranberry Week

The Recipe Collection Continues…

Hosted by Caroline Williams

Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

Foodie Extravaganza

November 12th is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day.

Make one of our creative chicken soups recipe to celebrate!

Hosted by Stacy Rushton

Foodie Extravaganza celebrates obscure food holidays by posting delicious recipes your family will love. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a home cook looking for tasty recipes, check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board!

Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cranberry Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 ounce packet Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 11.5 ounces tomato juice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1-1/2 pounds chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 4 ounces uncooked egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley


  1. Heat butter in a large soup pot and saute the  onion, garlic, carrots and celery until  the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Stir  in all the rest except the noodles and chicken; simmer, covered, for thirty minutes.
  3. Bring  the soup up to a  boil  (if it is not  already) and  stir in the uncooked noodles, chicken, and parsley.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently, uncovered, for ten minutes more or until  the noodles are cooked.

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7 responses

  1. Great idea using the cranberry sauce in the soup Sue…I was very pleased with the combination of cranberries and chicken in soup.

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