We Tried 8 Brands and Found the Best Canned Chicken Noodle Soup

Craving something cozy? We found the best canned chicken noodle soup to keep you warm and satisfied.

On a chilly day, is there anything you crave more than chicken noodle soup? For me, it’s a must-have for cold evenings, days at home with the sniffles and nights when you need a meal that feels like a big hug. When I’ve got some time to make soup from scratch, I turn to this recipe which millions of readers adore. Of course, when you’re under the weather—or it’s just too cold to leave the house—a can of soup often becomes a go-to.

But which brand should become your go-to? We tested eight brands—everything from organics to classics to Aldi-exclusives—to find the best canned chicken soup.

See which ones are worth keeping in your pantry.

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Honorable Mention: Annie’s

Score: 5/10

Organic Annie’s brand soup faired better than most in our soup test. This canned chicken soup got rave reviews for its seasoning and the quality of the chicken inside. Testers picked up a fair amount of oregano along with sage and thyme—all great herbs to pair with chicken. This soup was a bit on the thin side, however, making it better as an accompaniment than the star of a quick meal.

$3.49 for a 14-ounce can; available at grocers nationwide.

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Runner-Up: Chef’s Cupboard

Score: 6/10

Time and time again, Aldi products score well in our taste tests. This affordable chain just seems to do basics like cake mixes and even potato chips well, and chicken noodle soup was no different. Testers really enjoyed this soup for its flavorful broth, which gave us good hints of garlic, onion and parsley We also enjoyed the veggies and chicken in this soup, but wished it had more. (Quantity is what cost it the top spot.)

$1.49 for an 18.6-ounce can; available exclusively at Aldi.

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Best in Show: Campbell’s Chunky

Score: 7/10

Many taste testers admitted that Campbell’s was their go-to soup brand, and this blind taste test reaffirmed that choice. Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup provided us with the most hearty, satisfying canned soup of the day—fitting given it’s “soup that eats like a meal” tagline. Testers found that this brand had the best ratio of veggies, chicken and noodles to broth (part of what made the soup so filling!). This soup was also flavor forward; yes, it was salty (like most canned soups), but we also got good flavor from the aromatics, like onion and celery.

$1.78 for an 18.6-ounce can; available at grocers nationwide.

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The Bottom Line

When it comes to chicken noodle soups, we came to the same conclusion as in our canned chili taste test: Nothing beats homemade. The quality of the chicken and the texture of the noodles in the canned options couldn’t compete with the soup Mom made us when we were sick.

However, we still think that canned soup has a place in the pantry. We like knowing that Campbell’s is a good option if we’re ever in need of lunch at the office, a quick dinner or an easy sick day pick-me-up. Though if you want chicken noodle soup and are short on time, we recommend this 30-minute recipe.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.