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.
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.
CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP INGREDIENTS
- Chicken tights
- Egg Noodles
- Chicken broth
- Celery and carrots
- Salt and pepper
- Dried herbs
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP?
Please see the exact ingredients and their measures in the recipe card below. Also, I have included a short step-by-step video on how to follow this recipe.
- 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 them 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.
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.
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.
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Tips:
- Use quality chicken broth. For the store-bought version, I go with Organic low-sodium broth.
- You can make this soup in the slow cooker as well. The crockpot version of this recipe can be found here.
- Similarly, I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. This gives the soup extra richness and flavor.
- Also, chicken thighs make a better soup and are far more tender than chicken breasts.
- 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.
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.
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins
- 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)
- Parsley (finely chopped)
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove the chicken thighs from the pot and place on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- 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:
- Add two tablespoons of butter to the soup pot where you cooked the chicken.
- 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.
- Add the celery and carrots, stir to combine and cook for about 5-7 minutes, until just slightly tender. Stir occasionally.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove soup from heat. Serve garnished with fresh chopped parsley.