Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is healthy, satisfying, and tastes amazingly delicious. The chicken tights give this soup an extra rich and flavorful aroma, which is then mixed with loads of fresh vegetables and finished off with egg noodles. 

We love making easy soups on our blog, and this version of the Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect food for the soul. With colder weather during this time of the year, this soup recipe will warm you up in no time. Our other popular soup recipes are the Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup and the Panera Bread Soups Copycat Recipes.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

The Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is made in one pot, with tender chicken thighs, veggies, and egg noodles. It is comfort food at it’s best, and ready in just about 40 minutes. The soup is cozy and rich in flavors from the chicken and veggies, and perfect for flu season!

Similarly, it is incredibly easy to make, and it does not involve multiple steps to follow. After you prepare your chicken and veggies, add the broth to the pot, you just have to wait under 30 minutes for the soup to be ready.

Make sure to salt your soup to taste. We use low-sodium chicken broth and add salt as needed during the cooking process. In addition, you can swap the veggies in this soup if you are inclined to do so. To keep it more traditional, I used carrots and celery. However, you can substitute them, or even add additional veggies such as broccoli, zucchini, and bell peppers.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Tips

  • Use quality chicken broth. For the store-bought version, I go with Organic low-sodium broth.
  • Similarly, I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breast. This gives the soup extra richness and flavor.
  • Also, chicken thighs make a better soup and are far more tender than chicken breast.
  • This soup can also be made with shredded rotisserie chicken meat.
  • You can skip some of the veggies if you don’t like them. For example, if you absolutely hate onions you can skip those.
  • I prefer to use egg noodles, but another pasta may be substituted.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

  • In a large dutch oven or soup pot add some olive oil and lightly brown the chicken thighs on each side. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add your veggies and lightly sauté. Then, add chicken and chicken broth and bring to a boil until chicken is cooked through.
  • Then, remove chicken thighs and shred them or cut into small pieces. Make sure to leave the bones off.
  • Next, add your egg noodles to the broth and bring to a boil.
  • After, reduce heat and simmer until noodles are tender.
  • Once noodles are cooked, add your chicken back to broth along with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil until everything is heated through.

HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken tights
  • Egg Noodles
  • Chicken broth
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Celery and carrots
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried herbs

Can I use vegetable broth instead?

Absolutely. I prefer to use chicken broth since the soup is chicken based, which gives it a richer aroma. However, a vegetable stock will work as well.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Can I use store-bought chicken or leftover chicken?

To save time, you can use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken to make the soup. If you have a rotisserie or leftover chicken, instead of adding chicken thighs to the pot, add two to three cups of shredded or diced cooked chicken to the soup at the same time as adding the dried noodles.

How to freeze Chicken Noodle Soup

  • I recommend using freezer quart bags to freeze this soup.
  • First, let the soup fully cool.
  • Use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into the bag.
  • Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags.
  • The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  • When reheating, you may need to add a bit of chicken broth or water, since the noodles will soak up the broth.

Tools used to make this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

  • Large Pot: This pot is excellent for cooking, as it maintains the heat evenly and is a high-quality product.
  • For a budget-friendlier version, you can get the Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, which works also great.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Video:

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil  (or canola oil)
  • 5-6  chicken thighs  (bone-in, skin removed and trimmed of excess fat; rotisserie or leftover chicken can be used as well, see blog post for details.)
  • 2 tablespoons  butter  (unsalted)
  • 1  large carrot  (peeled and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cup carrot rondelles))
  • 2  stalks celery  (sliced (about 1 1/2 sliced celery))
  • 1  medium onion  (diced)
  • 6 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 8 cups  low-sodium chicken broth  (plus more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried basil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried parsley 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes  (optional)
  •  Salt  (to taste)
  • 12 ounces  wide egg noodles  (dry)

Garnish:

  •  Parsley  (finely chopped)

Instructions

Cook Chicken:

  1. Place a large Dutch oven or soup/stock pot on the stove over medium heat. Wait for it to heat up and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add to the soup pot. Cook on each side for about 1-2 minutes, until slightly golden brown. This is done to add extra richness and flavor to the soup.
  3. Remove the chicken thighs from the pot and place on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Alternatively, if you are using ROTISSERIE chicken or COOKED chicken you can skip this step. You will be adding the cooked chicken when you add the dry noodles.

Prepare the Soup:

  1. Add two tablespoons of butter to the soup pot where you cooked the chicken.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add the diced onion and cook stirring for 1 minute. Add the minced garlic and cook stirring for another minute.
  3. Add the celery and carrots, stir to combine and cook for about 5-7 minutes, until just slightly tender. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the dried herbs: dried basil, dried thyme, dried parsley and red pepper flakes if using. Stir to combine and immediately add 8 cups of chicken broth.
  5. Add the browned chicken thighs to the soup pot, bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through and the veggies should be tender.
  6. Remove the chicken to a plate, and add the dry egg noodles to the soup pot, stir to combine. Boil the mixture for about 10 minutes, until the noodles are soft.
  7. NOTE: if you are using pre-cooked chicken (like rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken, shred it and add it to the soup pot with the noodles).
  8. In the meantime, remove the bones from the chicken and shred the meat with a fork. Once done, return the shredded meat to the soup pot to boil with the noodles.
  9. Taste and adjust soup for salt and pepper. If you want the soup to be more brothy, aka to have more liquid, just add more chicken broth or water and adjust for salt and pepper. Make sure you bring it to a boil if you add extra liquid.
  10. Remove soup from heat. Serve garnished with fresh chopped parsley.
Calories: 429 Carbohydrates: 35 Protein: 22 Fat: 22 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 104 Sodium: 182 Potassium: 521 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 1545 Vitamin C: 1.8 Calcium: 42 Iron: 2
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Melanie Bauer

Looks like the ultimate comfort food! Love all the flavors going on, need to make this soon!

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Chrissie Baker

I add your soup to my favorites. I want to thank you for this great recipe! Looks very tasty. I definitely want to try it.

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Jamielyn

YUM!! Nothing beats a warm bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. This looks so delicious!

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Anna

There is nothing better than homemade chicken noodle soup! So delicious!

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Amy

This will be added to my must make list! Looks so good!

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Jacque Hastert

I will be making this soup tonight! It is perfect for the snowy day!

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Brandy O'Neill

This chicken noodle soup looks so flavorful! Have to try your recipe!

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Karyl Henry

I've never made chicken noodle soup at home, but it's definitely on my list. Especially now that it's freezing cold around here :) Looks delicious

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Claudia Lamascolo

what a delicious comforting soup and it looks so good its making me want a bowl right now ! YUM!

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Mahy Elamin

This is making my mouth water! looks yummmmmy need to try this! Is good food and this looks like one of the BEST!

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Cheese Curd In Paradise

Few things are more comforting than chicken noodle soup on a cold day. We are set to get some snow this weekend, and this sounds delicious!

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Denay DeGuzman

Mmmmm...this wonderful hearty noodle soup is true comfort food! I'd love to have a large warm bowl of this deliciousness right now!

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Dan Zehr

This soup is incredible! Good idea in cold autumn weather. I like the simple list of ingredients. My family will be delighted with this recipe. Thanks.

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Gloria

Nothing beats homemade chicken noodle soup. Especially during the cough/cold season. It is like magic out of the kitchen.

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yes!!

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Marisa Franca

You can't beat homemade chicken noodle soup. It is the cure-all for anything that ails you! I remember my mamma would make it and the minute in inhaled that steamy aroma it would bring such pleasure. Your ingredients are exactly like we make the soup. I'm really craving some now -- wish you could send a bowlful over.

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Melissa

Ohh this could not have come at a more perfect time! I have my first flu of the season :( It looks so hearty, and all those veggies and herbs will surely help me feel better right?! :)

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Veena Azmanov

This is comfort food in a bowl. My kids love chicken soup with noodles in it and l love how simple and easy this is. Sounds so yum.

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April

I love food that is delicious and healthy. This chickennoodle soup is just a great example! And that aroma must be making this world a better place to live!

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Tammy

I could go for a bowl of this right now! Such a beautiful post...your pictures are fantastic! I haven't had chicken noodle in ages!

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Swathi

This is ultimate comfort in a bowl love this filling chicken noodle soup especially weather get colder.

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Natalie

Nothing is better than a chicken noodle soup on cold winter days. I love how comforting your soup looks. It's healthy and super delicious. I definitely want a bowl of this soup right now.

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