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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Updated on September 1, 2008
homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup

My husband and son were really sick last month, so chicken noodle soup was requested. I loathe feeding them something out of a can when it can easily be made from scratch and I have the ingredients on hand. Besides, a health dish is most healthy with fresh, wholesome ingredients, not packed with preservatives. Since I had frozen the bones and clinging meat from a recent chicken dinner (Beer Can Chicken), I went ahead and set about making some chicken noodle soup for them.

This homemade chicken noodle soup is quite simple to prepare, a return to the basic, nutritious ingredients that make this dish such a good comfort during a cold or a flu. Using the waste-ingredients from another meal and just a few inexpensive vegetables, it is also a great budget meal.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

serves four


  • the bones, neck, and clinging meat of one whole baked chicken, plus one small piece of the chicken that was not eaten, a leg, thigh, or a breast *
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup white wine
  • water to cover
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 6 oz egg noodles
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

* We used the bones and clinging meat that we had frozen from a chicken we'd baked for a dinner before.

Preparation Instructions:

1. After a baked chicken meal, save the neck (from the giblet packet) and all bones with clinging meat still attached. Save also one small piece of the chicken that was not eaten, a leg, thigh, or a breast. (Freeze all of this if the chicken meal is more than a day before you make this soup).

2. In a large soup pot, place all of the bones with clinging meat and the neck of the chicken. (Reserve the one piece with meat still on it for later). Add a bay leaf. Add a cup of white wine and then cover with water and bring to a boil.

3. When the chicken pot has come to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for two hours. Or, alternately, transfer the contents of the pot to an already-warmed crock pot and allow to simmer on low all day.

4. An hour before meal time, skin a sweet onion and chop it coarsely. Wash and chop the carrots and celery stalk.

5. Strain the contents of the pot to remove the bones. Return liquid to pot. Add the meat from the reserved piece of chicken (cut into small pieces). If you are patient, you can pick through the bones to remove the clinging meat and add it as well. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Cook over medium at a high simmer for half an hour.

6. Twenty minutes before serving time, add the egg noodles, chopped parsley, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!


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