How To Make Simple Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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In the 1930s the Campbell Soup Company came out with their chicken noodle soup but that's not what it was originally called. They had named their soup "chicken soup with noodles" but when it was advertised on the Amos 'n' Andy radio show in the 1930s it was referred to as "chicken noodle soup". After the show Campbells got letters pouring in from all over asking for "chicken noodle soup" so they changed the original name of the soup. It is one of their best selling products now.

There's an old wives tale saying that chicken noodle soup is the cure for the common cold, I'm not sure if it's actually true but eating it when I am sick sure does make me feel better.

Cook Time

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 35 min
Yields: Serves 3 adults and 3 kids (two scoops each)

Ingredients

  • 2 Cornish Hens, Make sure there are no giblets in the hens
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Chicken off the bone in the crockpot.Poured all contents from the crockpot into a pan on the stove.
Chicken off the bone in the crockpot.
Chicken off the bone in the crockpot. | Source
Poured all contents from the crockpot into a pan on the stove.
Poured all contents from the crockpot into a pan on the stove. | Source
  1. Take the Cornish Hens out of their wrappers and put them in a crockpot.
  2. Fill the crockpot with water. Enough to cover the Hens.
  3. Cook Hens on High for 6-8 hours. My Hens were frozen so I cooked them for 8 hours just to make sure they were good and done.
  4. When Hens are done cooking, meat falls off the bone really easy, you need to de-bone your Hens. Take them out of the broth in the crockpot and let cool a little so you don't burn your fingers. Then take the meat off the bone, putting the meat in a large pan and throwing the bones in the trash.
  5. Pour the broth from the crockpot into the large pan with the cornish hen pieces and bring to a boil on top of the stove.

While the chicken and broth is coming to a boil on the stove, make your noodles.

Noodles all ready to be put into the soup.
Noodles all ready to be put into the soup. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl to make a thick dough.
  2. Spread a small amount of flour on the clean counter top.
  3. Roll out the dough very thin.
  4. Cut the dough into thin/small strips.
  5. Allow dough to dry for 2 hours (this makes it so they don't swell during cooking. My family likes the thick noodles so I always skip this part.)
  6. After chicken and broth are at a boil add noodles one at a time to the mixture.
  7. Boil for another 10 minutes until noodles are tender.

~~~Make sure if you are making your own noodles that you cut them skinny and short, especially if you don't dry them before putting them into the boiling broth. I always seem to forget the skinny and short part and so my noodles swell and turn out "fat" but that is how we like them.~~~

KID APPROVED!!!!

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My Son had two bowls full!Easy Chicken Noodle SoupMy oldest daughter had two bowls full as well!
My Son had two bowls full!
My Son had two bowls full! | Source
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup | Source
My oldest daughter had two bowls full as well!
My oldest daughter had two bowls full as well! | Source

There are many additions you can make to this soup. You can add carrots, celery, onion, peppers, cooked egg noodles, or anything else you like. My family prefers it with just the chicken and the homemade noodles so that is how it is always made at my house.

Greatstuff, another incredible hubber, wrote a hub about Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Using Instant Noodles that is also easy to make. There are more ingredients in this recipe, such as bean sprouts, ginger, and of course instant noodles. It is also on the healthier side because it includes some of those needed Veggies.

Chicken Soup in Different Cultures

Other cultures do things a little different to their chicken soup then we do in America.

  • Bulgaria - Chicken soup is often seasoned with lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Denmark - Traditionally served with dumplings, meatballs and cubed vegetables.
  • Indonesia - A turmeric yellow spicy chicken soup with vegetables and noodle or vermicelli and is served with steamed rice, pieces of lontong or ketupat.
  • Italy - The soup is often served with pasta (tortellini is my favorite).
  • Mexico - Caldo tlalpeno - a chicken soup that is garnished with chopped avocado, white cheese and a chipotle chile.
  • Russian - Simple chicken and vegetable bouillon with added rice, chopped boiled egg and a pinch of fresh herbs.

Have you ever made your own chicken noodle soup?

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That looks so good! This is my number one remedy for all that ails me. Great recipe!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

thanks billybuc :) It is incredible and super easy to make! Thanks for the comment :)


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MickiS 4 years ago from San Francisco

This looks SO delicious. I'm all for cooking from scratch, and this sure beats the Campbell soup version any time!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

MickiS - the noodles are my favorite by far :) They aren't tiny and squiggly and actually fill you up. It's well worth the time and effort to make it from scratch :) Thanks for the comment!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is great! I am going to make some and then freeze it in batches - it would be great to pull some out and thaw it as needed! There is nothing better than chicken noodle soup on a cold winter day!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

leahlefler - this would be the perfect soup for that! I only ever make enough for one day but next time I will have to do freeze some too :) It would make for the perfect lunch for me while the kids are at school! Excellent idea! Thanks for the comment :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Chicken soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. I love your recipe!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a great recipe. I love chicken noodle soup, but i always buy Cambells. I will try this. Thank you for sharing..


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. Whenever my family ate a whole chicken, you can bet some kind of chicken soup wasn't too far off.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

teaches12345 - It's one of my comfort foods too :) Thanks for reading and the comment!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

always exploring - I always have a stock of Campbells in my pantry too. Those are for the nights we want quick and easy and I don't feel like cooking LOL Thanks for the comment :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Mhatter99 - That's another way to do chicken soup, using the leftover chicken from a whole chicken. You can even use turkey left over at thanksgiving :) Thanks for the comment!


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Kyricus 4 years ago from Ohio

Mmmmm Mmmm. That looks good. I love making my own home made chicken noodle soup. Rather than using cornish hens (which sounds like a much easier idea ) I usually get a large roaster and rotisserie grill it first.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Kyricus - doing the rotisserie grill sounds amazing! I don't have that attachment on my grill (so wish I did though LOL) Excellent idea :) I use the cornish hens because they are small and can fit in the crockpot for all day cooking :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

From the Mayo Clinic:

"Chicken soup might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body's inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining."

This is a great topic and recipe...love how easy it looks to make noodles. I sometimes cheat and buy the whole cooked chicken at the supermarket but now I have to try those noodles!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Oh, and shared with my followers.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

tillsontitan - Hey! So it isn't just a wives tale LOL Chicken soup actually does help relieve a cold :) Woohoo! No more excuses LOL I hope you do get to try the noodles, super easy to make!!! Thanks for all the votes and shares :) You my friend are awesome!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Looks so hearty! Your son seems to really enjoy it. I love eating chicken noodle soup in the winter. It's very comforting. Rated up!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Om - I like chicken noodle soup all through the year (espically when the hubby is deployed since it's one of my comfort foods LOL) My little man loved it :) espically helping make the noodles. I've found that if the kids help make dinner, they are more apt to eat it all or try new things :) Thanks for the comment!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

I've made my own chicken noodle soup, but not with homemade noodles. Now I'm going to give that a try, thanks to your Hub. My husband will be soooo happy -- he loves chicken noodle soup!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

lindacee - homemade noodles are super easy and really make the soup better. I hope your husband loves them as much as I do!!! Thanks for the comment ;)


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi CassyLu1981

Love anything to do with chicken (cooking), but never with home made noodles.

This is a must try recipe.

LOL Ghaelach


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Ghaelach - I too am a huge chicken (cooking) fan :) and the noodles are easy and taste great in the soup! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for the comment ;)

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