Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup

When your body is tired and achy, or you’re feeling under the weather, there’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup to soothe the soul. At Takeout Food, we believe in the power of comfort food made from scratch. That’s why we’re sharing this simple and easy recipe for the ultimate homemade chicken noodle soup. Say goodbye to bouillon and canned broths, because this recipe features the real deal – a flavorful chicken broth that will elevate your soup game to new heights. And the best part? It requires very little hands-on time!

Close up overhead view of a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

What’s in Chicken Noodle Soup?

To create this comforting dish, you’ll need a few basic ingredients. Start with diced onions and minced garlic sautéed in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add sliced carrots and celery to the pot and continue sautéing. These aromatic vegetables form the flavorful base of your soup.

Next, it’s time to add the star ingredient: chicken. You can use boneless chicken breasts, but for extra flavor, we recommend using split chicken breasts with bones and rib meat. Season the soup with dried basil, dried thyme, parsley, a bay leaf, and freshly cracked black pepper.

Chicken and herbs added to the soup pot.

Cover everything with water, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for an hour. This slow simmer allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a rich and delicious broth.

Can I Use Rotisserie Chicken?

If you’re short on time, you can take a shortcut by using shredded rotisserie chicken instead of raw chicken breasts. Simply remove the chicken meat from the bones before starting the soup. You can add the leftover carcass to the pot to simmer with the vegetables, or use a pre-made chicken broth and add the shredded rotisserie chicken at the end. While this method is faster, nothing beats the incredible flavor of homemade broth.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Prefer to let your slow cooker do the work? You’re in luck! This recipe easily adapts to the slow cooker. Check out the instructions for our Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup recipe for step-by-step photos and guidance on making this comforting soup in your Crock-Pot.

Freeze the Leftovers!

This homemade chicken noodle soup makes a generous batch, perfect for freezing. If you’re feeling under the weather in the future, simply defrost and reheat for an instant comforting meal. To freeze the soup, divide it into single portions and chill it completely in the refrigerator before transferring to the freezer. It can be stored for up to three months, ensuring you always have a warm bowl of goodness on hand.

A ladle full of chicken noodle soup held over the pot.

Pair this delightful soup with our No-Knead Focaccia Rolls for a complete and satisfying meal. And if you’re a chicken soup lover, be sure to check out our Chicken Stew, a heartier and more rustic cousin to traditional chicken noodle soup.

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup From Scratch – Step By Step

Now, let’s dive into making this homemade chicken noodle soup. Here’s a step-by-step guide with photos to help you along the way.

  1. Begin by dicing one onion and mincing three cloves of garlic. Sauté them in a large pot with olive oil until the onions are soft and translucent.

Sautéed onion and garlic in a soup pot with a wooden spoon.

  1. While the onion and garlic are cooking, clean and slice carrots and celery. Add them to the pot and continue sautéing.

Carrot and celery added to the soup pot.

  1. Remove the skin from split chicken breasts and add them to the pot. Season with dried basil, dried thyme, parsley, a bay leaf, and cracked black pepper.

Two split chicken breasts on a cutting board.

  1. Add eight cups of water, cover the pot, and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for one hour.

  2. After an hour, remove the chicken from the pot and use two forks to shred it into bite-sized pieces.

  3. Add egg noodles to the pot and cook until tender. Season the broth with salt to taste.

  4. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot, stir to combine, and your homemade chicken noodle soup is ready to serve!

Chicken and noodles added to the soup pot.

This recipe yields about 12 cups of soup, making it perfect for freezing or sharing with loved ones. Always fully refrigerate the soup before transferring it to the freezer for optimal freshness. Dividing it into smaller portions before refrigerating helps it cool down faster.

Side view of a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

FAQs

Can I customize the vegetables in this soup?

Absolutely! Feel free to add other vegetables like peas, corn, or even spinach for added nutritional value.

Can I use a different type of noodle?

While we love the texture and durability of egg noodles in this soup, you can certainly experiment with other types of noodles. From traditional pasta shapes to spiralized vegetables, the choice is yours.

Now that you have the recipe and tips to make the best homemade chicken noodle soup, it’s time to embrace your inner chef and savor the deliciousness. For more culinary inspiration and delightful recipes, visit Takeout Food. Happy cooking!

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