Thursday, 29 Sep, 2022

Dairy Free Crack Chicken Noodle Soup

If you have a Pinterest account, you’ve probably ran into the Crack Chicken Noodle Soup. But, it’s loaded with gluten and dairy, so I just HAD to..

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If you have a Pinterest account, you’ve probably ran into the Crack Chicken Noodle Soup. But, it’s loaded with gluten and dairy, so I just HAD to remake it so it was more allergy friendly. This is such a fun twist on the classic chicken noodle soup with the addition of ranch, bacon and a creamy base. My kids love to slurp the gluten-free noodles and you will too! Perfect for cold winter nights, enjoy this Dairy Free Crack Chicken Noodle Soup that is also free of: gluten, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts.

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Why I Love This Dairy Free Crack Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve always loved chicken noodle soup. It’s a classic and it’s beloved. But, I just kept seeing “crack chicken noodle soup” all over Pinterest. Did I dare try to improve upon something already so wonderful? And, how would it be with multiple allergy friendly substitutions? I’m glad to say it’s great, and I’m sure glad I tried it. It’s nice to have a fun little twist so that you don’t get in a soup rut. If you have long winters like we do in Idaho, variety is the key so that you can enjoy soups all season long without eating the same one too many times.

What is “crack chicken” anyways?

Crack chicken refers to recipes that use the combination of: chicken+bacon+ranch+cream cheese+cheddar cheese.

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How do you make crack chicken noodle soup dairy free?

Really, there’s only two ingredients you have to worry about: the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese. Just because you can’t have dairy, doesn’t mean you don’t want a creamy base.

  • FOR THE CREAM CHEESE: I substitute in a dairy-free cream cheese. I use Tofutti, but I also hear Violife is highly recommended. Both have soy, so if you have a soy allergy, use one made of coconut like Daiya. In a pinch, I’ve also used Tofutti’s sour cream when I’ve been out of the cream cheese too.
  • FOR THE CHEDDAR CHEESE: For the cheddar cheese substitution, you can go two ways: you can use dairy-free cheese shreds. I honestly haven’t found one I particularly like, and don’t feel they melt that well. But, some people like them (albeit they are very expensive.)
    • So, I went with my old staple: nutritional yeast. Some people don’t like nutritional yeast, but I find it a very close cheese taste mimicker. Plus, because it’s a powder, I think it helps thicken the soup as well, which is a win-win. If you’ve previously had nutritional yeast and not liked it, I’d recommend trying it again in this soup. The ranch is the most powerful flavor, and so I don’t think you’ll notice it as much. 
    • If you need other recipes to use up your nutritional yeast, check out these dairy free nutritional yeast recipes.
  • FOR THE MILK: Some versions of crack chicken noodle soup use half and half, or some other kind of dairy milk, but I find that it doesn’t need anymore liquid than the broth, otherwise it’s not as flavorful and more runny. If you really desire to thin it out more, you could use whatever safe milk you prefer (we prefer rice milk, for the least amount of after taste) or thin it out with more broth.

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What chicken broth base do I use?

I prefer using a bouillon, or broth base, instead of the cartons of broth. It makes a really big difference in the flavor. I like Orrington Farms brand. Here are their ingredients:

I can find it at Walmart, or Amazon. 

How do you make crack chicken noodle soup gluten free?

This part is very easy, thankfully. Simply swap in some gluten-free spaghetti noodles of choice. I like both the Jovial brand and the Barilla brand. You can find both on Amazon, or Walmart.

I do recommend cooking the noodles in their own pot, and then draining them. Only add them to the soup right before you’re about to serve. Any noodles, but ESPECIALLY gluten-free noodles, can get gummy and lackluster if they sit in hot liquid too long.

If you don’t need it to be gluten free, simply use regular spaghetti noodles.

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What dairy free ranch do I use?

I have only found one store-made ranch packet that does not have any dairy included. It was a very happy day indeed! It is the Kroger Ranch Dip Mix, and I have found (and had readers find) it at their various off-shoots, like Fred Meyer and the like. 

If you’d like to see what the packet looks like, (I’m a visual shopper), you can click over to my 3 Ingredient Dairy Free Ranch Dip, where I show the front and back of the packet and share the ingredients there.

Feel free to use another brand if you know of one. And if you do, please share it in the comments as well!

Do I have other gluten free dairy free soups?

I live off soup in these cold Idaho winters and you should too! All of my soups are dairy free, and are gluten free as well (as is everything on my site.) If you ever just need it to be only dairy free, you can sub back in regular pasta or regular flour at a 1:1 ratio.

  • Instant Pot Dairy Free Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  • Instant Pot Gluten & Dairy Free Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
  • Allergy Friendly Taco Soup
  • Gluten & Dairy Free Thai Coconut Soup
  • Potato & Sausage Soup
  • Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup
  • Slow Cooker Pizza Soup
  • Gluten Free Vegan Minestrone
  • Dairy Free Tomato Basil Soup
  • *Don’t forget I have an entire winter meal plan too!

Do I have a video showing how to make dairy free crack chicken noodle?

Yes I do! I like to make TikTok videos because they’re short and sweet, but still give a nice overview. You can see how to make the soup below:

@allergyawesomeness Dairy free crack chicken noodle soup that can also be gluten free! With directions for both instant pot and stove top! Ranch + bacon is ALWAYS a good idea! #dairyfreesoup #crackchickensoup #glutenfreesoup #allergyfriendly #glutenfreedairyfree #instantpotsoup ♬ Sunroof – Nicky Youre & dazy


 


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Dairy Free Crack Chicken Noodle Soup (Instant Pot & Stove Top Directions)

Yield: 5-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 59 minutes

Dairy free crack chicken noodle soup is a fun twist on the regular because it adds bacon, cream and ranch to make it extra tasty (GF too!)

Ingredients

  • 6 slices uncooked bacon
  • 1/2 large yellow onion diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 3 (1 oz each) packets ranch dip mix*see note
  • 10 cups water + 1/3 cup chicken base
  • 2-3 large chicken breasts
  • 12 oz gluten-free spaghetti noodles, broken into thirds
  • 1 (8 oz) block of dairy-free cream cheese (see post for options)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (or other dairy free substitute you prefer, see post)
  • Green onions for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS:
  2. Turn your instant pot to sauté. Cut your bacon into bite sized pieces and add it to the hot instant pot. Stir with a wooden spoon every few minutes until bacon is crispy.
  3. Remove bacon, leave the grease. (You don't have to leave all of it, but at least some so the veggies won't stick.)
  4. Add the onion, and stir occasionally until the onion is softened.
  5. Turn off the sauté function, and hit "manual" or "pressure cook" (depending on the model) and hit 10 minutes for fresh chicken and 20 minutes for frozen chicken.
  6. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, ranch packets*, water, chicken broth base, and chicken. Close the lid and make sure the valve is closed.
  7. Allow the instant pot to come to pressure, and then when it beeps, allow it to continue cooking until it says "L:10" which means it's been slowly and naturally releasing pressure. I find this helps the meat be the most tender, than a quick release (which you can do if you're in a pinch.)
  8. Open the lid, and add the broken spaghetti noodles. Change the cook time to 4 minutes. Close the lid. Allow it to cook. Once done cooking, do a quick release of the pressure.
  9. Stir in the cream cheese. (Sometimes dairy free cheese doesn't blend that well, so if you're willing to do an extra step, I take 1-2 cups of the broth in my blender, add the cream cheese and blend until smooth, then pour it all back into the soup).
  10. Remove the chicken and shred. Return it to the soup.
  11. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. You may thin more to your liking with additional broth or safe milk. (We prefer rice milk.)
  12. Serve with the bacon and green onions as garnish.
  13. Goes great with my gluten and dairy free bread as a side dish!
  14. Keep leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to three days.


STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, turn your heat to medium. Cut your bacon into bite sized pieces and add it to the pot. Stir with a wooden spoon every few minutes until bacon is crispy.
  2. Remove bacon, leave the grease. (You don't have to leave all of it, but at least some so the veggies won't stick.)
  3. Add the onion, and stir occasionally until the onion is softened.
  4. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, ranch packets*, water, chicken broth base, and fresh chicken. (I wouldn't recommend frozen chicken, unless using the instant pot directions.)
  5. Allow to come to a simmer, and then add a lid. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, and vegetables are tender.
  6. While that is simmering, in a separate pot, bring salted water to a boil and boil the broken spaghetti noodles following the box directions to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  7. Stir in the cream cheese. (Sometimes dairy free cheese doesn't blend that well, so if you're willing to do an extra step, I take 1-2 cups of the broth in my blender, add the cream cheese and blend until smooth, then pour it all back into the soup).
  8. Remove the chicken and shred. Return it to the soup.
  9. Add the drained, cooked noodles.
  10. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. You may thin more to your liking with additional broth or safe milk. (We prefer rice milk.)
  11. Serve with the bacon and green onions as garnish.
  12. Goes great with my gluten and dairy free bread as a side dish!
  13. Keep leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Notes

*My husband prefers only two packages of the ranch mix in the soup. So, feel free to start with only two, and taste to see if you prefer more.

Check out my other soups. Or, my winter meal plan!

*Our allergies, while severe and that get re-tested yearly, are such that we can go strictly by what's on the label. I do not call companies to see what things are derived from, or call manufacturers to see about potential cross contact. If your allergies require you to do so, please do your own homework. I cannot assure you of any ingredient's safety, only you can do that. I simply share what works for our family

**If you are going to feed this to someone with food allergies, and you yourself do not have food allergies, I HIGHLY recommend having them check every single brand and ingredient you are using, to ensure they're OK with each part of the recipe. And, to make sure you've talked to them about how to avoid cross contamination in your kitchen.

Adapted from: Show Me the Yummy Crack Chicken Noodle Soup

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 547Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 490mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 38g

DON’T FORGET TO PIN IT, SO YOU DON’T LOSE IT. WHILE YOU’RE THERE, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY OTHER DIETARY SPECIFIC BOARDS.

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