Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

chicken noodle soup recipe
chicken noodle soup recipe

Make homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch once, and you’ll never want it any other way again! This recipe takes the classic comfort food to a whole new level, with homemade stock and egg noodles that are ready in just minutes. The end result? The BEST Chicken Noodle Soup you’ll ever have!

A bowl full of homemade chicken noodle soup, with homemade noodles.

My kids can’t contain their excitement whenever homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is on the menu, and for a good reason – it’s AMAZING! It’s become my go-to recipe to bring to friends or neighbors during the cooler seasons, and it’s always a hit.

What Type of Noodles?

When it comes to the type of noodles for chicken noodle soup, the possibilities are endless. While my mom always made it with homemade egg noodles, you can use any kind of noodles you have on hand:

  • Homemade Egg noodles: Made with flour, salt, milk, and eggs, these noodles are ready in just 5 minutes!
  • Farfalle pasta
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Rotini

About the Chicken Stock

If you’re wondering whether to use homemade chicken stock or store-bought for this recipe, always choose homemade for the best flavor. The secret is to use a rotisserie chicken – you can use the meat in the soup and make chicken broth with the leftover carcass and bones. It’s surprisingly easy and adds a depth of flavor that takes the soup to another level.

How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup:

  1. Make Homemade Chicken Stock ahead of time using a rotisserie chicken or a good brand of store-bought chicken stock.

  2. Sauté veggies. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, add butter, diced celery, and carrots. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

Diced celery and carrots cooking in a stockpot.

  1. Add chicken stock or broth. Season the broth with salt, pepper, a tiny pinch of rosemary, sage, and crushed red pepper. Adjust the seasonings to taste, adding more if needed.

Chicken stock spices and bouillon added to a pot to make chicken noodle soup.

  1. Add noodles and boil. Once the broth is boiling, add the noodles – either the uncooked homemade egg noodles or dry store-bought pasta. Cook just until the noodles are al dente. Be cautious not to overcook store-bought noodles! Remove the pot from heat as soon as the noodles are just barely tender, as they will continue to cook off the heat.

Homemade egg noodles being added to a pot of chicken stock and veggies.

  1. Add chicken. Add the chicken meat from the rotisserie chicken. Taste the broth again and adjust the seasonings if needed.

Rotisserie chicken being added to a large soup pot of chicken noodle soup.

  1. Serve. I love serving this healthy soup with No Knead Bread or homemade rolls! If you enjoy this recipe, give my new Chicken and Dumpling Soup a try!

Is Chicken Noodle Soup Healthy?

Yes, homemade chicken noodle soup is healthy, much healthier than store-bought soups that are usually loaded with sodium and artificial flavors. Chicken broth or stock, especially when homemade, is packed with vitamins and minerals and is soothing for the body. Even if you use store-bought chicken broth and noodles, it’s still a healthier option.

A ladle full of homemade chicken noodle soup lifting it from the soup pot.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

To make ahead: This soup is best made ahead of time when using homemade egg noodles, as they don’t get soggy and overcooked like regular store-bought noodles. If using regular noodles, it’s recommended to make the broth first and then boil it with the noodles and add the chicken on the day of serving.

To store: Store the soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, depending on the freshness of the chicken used.

To freeze: Allow the soup to cool completely and store it in a freezer-safe container for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or over medium heat on the stove. If using store-bought noodles, undercook them slightly before freezing to avoid them becoming soggy when reheated.

I originally shared this recipe in October 2017. Updated September 2021.

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1. Can I use other types of noodles for chicken noodle soup?

Absolutely! While homemade egg noodles are delicious, you can use any type of noodles you have on hand. Farfalle, elbow macaroni, or rotini are great alternatives.

2. Can I freeze chicken noodle soup?

Yes, you can freeze chicken noodle soup. Ensure it has cooled completely and store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it overnight in the fridge or reheat it over medium heat on the stove.

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