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Chicken Love - Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Updated on September 15, 2017

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Nothing is better than fresh, homemade chicken noodle soup. Rich, hearty and just plain good, it hits the spot on a chilly day.
Nothing is better than fresh, homemade chicken noodle soup. Rich, hearty and just plain good, it hits the spot on a chilly day.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

If you look up lists of favorite comfort foods, chicken noodle soup is usually found at the very top. For good reason - usually packed with such lovely flavors as parsley, garlic, thyme or ginger, it's often the first thing you reach for when in need of something rich and delicious.

Even better than that, chicken noodle soup is inexpensive, easy to make and simple to prepare. It takes a little less than half an hour to prepare, and when served with a fresh, green salad and some crusty French bread, and you have a meal in no time.

Check out this quick and easy recipe and see for yourself how simple it is to make this lovely comfort food for yourself!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - Ingredients

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - Ingredients

  • 1 32 oz can chicken broth (homemade is better if you have it!)
  • 1/2 onion, sliced (any kind you like, red, white or yellow)
  • 4 stalks fresh parsley
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic - 2-3 cloves
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken (thighs or breast)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles
  • Optional - minced fresh parsley, for garnish

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - Directions

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - Directions

  1. Add the broth to a large stock pot. Toss in the parsley, thyme, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add chicken, and bring the pot up to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 12 minutes or so, or until the chicken is cooked through. Be careful not to over cook the chicken.
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth and set aside. Strain the broth - I like to use a fine mesh strainer and a coffee filter. This helps ensure that the broth is very clear - which is gorgeous in the finished soup. Not strictly necessary, it does remove the coagulated proteins that form when the chicken is poached in the broth.
  4. Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the celery, onion, and carrots. Saute the vegetables for about ten minutes, until they are softened and fragrant.
  5. Return the strained broth to the stock pot with the vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and add the noodles. Stir well, and simmer the noodles for about ten minutes, or just until cooked.
  6. While the noodles cook, cut the cooked, cooled chicken into small pieces. I like a small dice - think of how well it would fit on a soup spoon.
  7. Once the noodles have cooked, add the cut chicken back into the pot. You're ready to serve!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I don't really believe that chicken soup does a thing for someone when they are sick. But it does make folks feel better on a couple of levels. First, you feel better for doing something for someone who doesn't feel well. Second - the recipient feels better because you did something loving.

Tradition is that chicken soup will help fight a cold, and there is some evidence that garlic has some natural antibiotic properties. I'm a firm believer in the long held Chinese belief that fresh or pickled ginger will help an unhappy tummy. I like to use strong flavors just because if you have a cold, you often can't taste flavors as well.

I make this for my daughter all the time. She told me once that she likes being sick because of the soup. Not a bad testament!

I also had to take pictures for this article in a hurry - as soon as the oldest two boys smelled the broth simmering, they began stalking the pot - 'is it done yet?" must have been said 78 times, even though it was only a few minutes.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 8 servings

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - Variations

This basic recipe for chicken noodle soup is great as it is, but there are quite a few variations that you can use to tweak it however you like it!

  1. Swap out some of the fresh herbs - try adding bay leaf, a little fresh rosemary or fresh oregano. These can be wonderful but go easy with the amounts of these stronger, more aromatic herbs. Fresh rosemary and oregano especially can be over powering, so start with very small amounts until you know how much you like.
  2. Try variations on the noodles. We like wide egg noodles best, but there's no reason at all not to try other types. My oldest son sometimes makes this recipe with fettuccine, and my daughter is known to throw rotini into hers.
  3. If you want a creamy chicken noodle soup, simple add 1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream to the broth right after you add the diced chicken back to the pot. Take it off the heat and don't let it boil after you add the cream. Otherwise, you run the risk of letting it curdle.
  4. A little citrus can be gorgeous with chicken noodle soup. Try a squeeze of fresh lemon into the finished soup. Or try some fresh lime juice instead, and garnish with fresh avocado and minced cilantro.
  5. Swap out the pasta for rice noodles and add a teaspoon or two of freshly grated ginger when you simmer the broth.

Use your imagination, and you'll quickly have your very own recipe, just the way you like it, for your own homemade chicken noodle soup!

Good Chicken Broth

Start with good chicken broth. Homemade is best, but if you don't have it, use a good quality, low sodium broth or stock from the store. This is one of the major flavors, so quality matters here.
Start with good chicken broth. Homemade is best, but if you don't have it, use a good quality, low sodium broth or stock from the store. This is one of the major flavors, so quality matters here.

Boneless, Skinless Chicken - Breast or Thighs

You can use any type of boneless, skinless chicken you wish. I like thighs because they've become so economical, and they pack more flavor. But use whatever you like best!
You can use any type of boneless, skinless chicken you wish. I like thighs because they've become so economical, and they pack more flavor. But use whatever you like best!

Fresh Herbs - Parsley and Thyme

Be generous with the fresh herbs in your chicken noodle soup - they pack some incredible flavor. Especially if you use store bought broth, the fresh herbs will work wonders for the finished soup.
Be generous with the fresh herbs in your chicken noodle soup - they pack some incredible flavor. Especially if you use store bought broth, the fresh herbs will work wonders for the finished soup.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onion, especially when simmered with the chicken, blend beautifully with the fresh herbs in this homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. Add more if you like!
Garlic and onion, especially when simmered with the chicken, blend beautifully with the fresh herbs in this homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. Add more if you like!

Simmer About 12 Minutes

Bring the pot up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer about 12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Bring the pot up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer about 12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove Chicken and Strain the Broth

Set the chicken aside to cool, and strain the broth. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut it into small dice. Think bite size on a soup spoon.
Set the chicken aside to cool, and strain the broth. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut it into small dice. Think bite size on a soup spoon.

Saute the Vegetables - Onion, Carrot and Celery

Onions, carrots and celery - a classic mirepoix - form the base for the soup itself. They work beautifully together for that perfect, comfort food flavor.
Onions, carrots and celery - a classic mirepoix - form the base for the soup itself. They work beautifully together for that perfect, comfort food flavor.

Saute Until Fragrant, About Ten Minutes

Saute the vegetables in just a touch of olive oil for about ten minutes, or until softened and fragrant.
Saute the vegetables in just a touch of olive oil for about ten minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

Add the Broth, Bring to a Boil, And Add the Noodles

Add the broth back to the pot, and bring it to a simmer, Add the noodles and cook about 10 minutes. We love the wide egg noodles - they're inexpensive, store well and taste great.
Add the broth back to the pot, and bring it to a simmer, Add the noodles and cook about 10 minutes. We love the wide egg noodles - they're inexpensive, store well and taste great.

Add the Chicken

Add the cut chicken to the pot, and heat through. Removing the chicken and allowing it to rest while the vegetables and noodles cook ensures that it stays tender and moist, and prevents over cooking.
Add the cut chicken to the pot, and heat through. Removing the chicken and allowing it to rest while the vegetables and noodles cook ensures that it stays tender and moist, and prevents over cooking.

Serve Hot!

Although the homemade cihcken noodle soup stores well and reheats beautifully, I like to serve it immediately. Pair it with a fresh green salad and crusty French bread and you have the perfect meal.
Although the homemade cihcken noodle soup stores well and reheats beautifully, I like to serve it immediately. Pair it with a fresh green salad and crusty French bread and you have the perfect meal.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Make Your Own Chicken Broth!

© 2010 Jan Charles

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      trose 7 years ago

      This looks absolutely WONDERFUL. Looks healthy too. YUM!

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      Jan Charles 7 years ago from East Tennessee

      I bet that's lovely Jan - like a pale minestrone - kind of. LOL! Yummy - now I want to try it!

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This recipe looks delicious! I make a similar recipe, except I use a variety of beans instead of chicken (to create a vegetarian version). Aren't soups the best? And they're so much fun to make.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Yummy recipe, thanks!

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      Sounds very good.