OVERHEAD SHOT OF CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP IN WHITE BOWL. SURROUNDED BY PARSLEY AND OYSTER CRACKERS.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Enjoy classic comfort with this easy chicken noodle soup recipe complete with flavorful broth, hearty chicken and wholesome vegetables.

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Enjoy This Easy Chicken Noodle Soup in Sickness or in Health

Chicken noodle soup is arguably one of the most loved comfort foods. 

Anytime I felt the least bit puny growing up, the best medicine was always a steady diet of chicken noodle soup, saltine crackers, ginger ale and Star Wars. 

Admittedly, not much has changed with my get-well regiment since entering adulthood. Well, except to maybe throw in some herbal tea and an occasional hot toddy. But chicken noodle soup remains at the top of the priority list when anyone in our house feels yucky.

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There’s something universally rejuvenating about chicken noodle soup that warms the body, mind and soul. 

But chicken noodle soup is not just for when you’re feeling under the weather. 

Homemade chicken noodle soup is a delicious and hearty mealtime option that is especially perfect for crisp fall weather and chilly winter nights. 

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What You Need for This Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

  • Chicken stock – Store-bought chicken stock is perfectly fine for this recipe, but I recommend sticking with lower-sodium varieties. Try my recipe for roasted chicken stock to make your chicken noodle soup extra flavorful and delicious!
  • Chicken – I prefer dark meat chicken, but chicken breasts work just as well. You can also use bone-in chicken. To make this recipe extra easy, use cooked chicken leftover from another meal or even a store-bought rotisserie chicken. 
  • Onions 
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Extra-Wide Egg Noodles – I love the homestyle feel of egg noodles in chicken noodle soup but feel free to get creative with the pasta you use. Linguini, pappardelle, fettuccine and even orzo are all great options as well.
  • Herbs – Bay leaves and thyme impart wonderful flavors in this soup. I’ve also made chicken noodle soup with dill for a really yummy change of pace. I always finish the soup with some roughly chopped parsley for freshness and an extra pop of color. 
OVERHEAD VIEW OF CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP IN DUTCH OVEN NEXT TO CARROTS, PARSLEY AND WHITE BOWLS.

What to Do with Leftover Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Anytime I make soup, my goal is to get multiple meals out of it. 

Sometimes that means we eat the leftovers immediately the next night; sometimes it means I freeze the leftovers for an effortless homecooked meal in the future. 

This easy chicken noodle soup recipe works great for both options. 

To save the leftovers, allow the soup to cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly refrigerated, the soup will keep for about 3-4 days. 

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If freezing, allow to cool completely and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container of choice. 

I like to freeze soups in freezer bags so I can freeze them flat. This method saves space in my freezer and allows the soup to thaw more quickly once ready to use. 

When stored properly, chicken noodle soup will keep well in the freezer for 4-6 months. 

In either case, you may find that the pasta continues to soak up the soup broth when reheating. So anytime I prepare leftover chicken noodle soup, I keep additional chicken stock on hand to add back into the soup when preparing leftovers. 

Overhead View of Dutch Oven Full of Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Next to Bowl of Soup.

Method

Melt butter in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.

Add onions, carrots and celery and cook for about 5-6 minutes or until they begin to get tender, stirring occasionally.

Add the thyme and garlic and cook for another minute or so, continuing to stir. 

Next, add the chicken stock and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Increase the heat to medium-high and add in the chicken so that it is completely submerged. 

Once the stock reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer while covered until the chicken cooks through. This should take about 30 minutes depending on the chicken used. 

Once the chicken has cooked through, remove from the pot and set aside. 

Then add your noodles and cook until tender, about 6-10 minutes. The timing will differ depending on the noodles used. 

While the pasta cooks, shred the chicken. Add the chicken back to the pot once the pasta finishes cooking. 

Remove from heat. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. 

Sprinkle with roughly chopped parsley and enjoy!

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OVERHEAD SHOT OF CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP IN WHITE BOWL. SURROUNDED BY PARSLEY AND OYSTER CRACKERS.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Enjoy classic comfort with this easy chicken noodle soup recipe complete with flavorful broth, hearty chicken and wholesome vegetables.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 420 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 12 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz egg noodles
  • 2 tbsps fresh thyme
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onions, carrots and celery and cook for about 5-6 minutes or until they begin to get tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the thyme and garlic and cook for another minute or so, continuing to stir.
  • Next, add the chicken stock and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add in the chicken so that it is completely submerged.
  • Once the stock reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer while covered until the chicken cooks through. This should take about 30 minutes depending on the chicken used.
  • Once the chicken has cooked through, remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Then add your noodles and cook until tender, about 6-10 minutes. The timing will differ depending on the noodles used.
  • While the pasta cooks, shred the chicken. Add the chicken back to the pot once the pasta finishes cooking.
  • Remove from heat. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Sprinkle with roughly chopped parsley and enjoy!
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Fall is right around the corner so be sure to save this easy homestyle chicken noodle soup recipe. And let me know what you think in the comments!

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Skye Sauchelli
7 hours ago

I love your tip to freeze extra soup in a freezer bag so it can be flat and save space in the freezer! I’m such a fan of prepping healthy yet quick meals so when you’re tired, you don’t have to order something unhealthy, you can just head to the freezer 🙂 Great post!!