There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of homemade soup.

This shortcut recipe makes a homemade chicken noodle soup in less than 30 minutes that tastes like it’s been simmering all day!

Healthy and hearty, homemade soup is hands-down better than canned! A rich, flavorful broth and tender chunks of chicken are mixed with loads of fresh vegetables and finished off with egg noodles.

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An Easy Take on Chicken Noodle Soup

  • This recipe is a shortcut 30-minute meal that tastes like you’ve been cooking it all day long.
  • With just a few simple ingredients it doesn’t take long to make. Adjust the ingredients based on what you have on hand.
  • Use raw or cooked chicken, homemade or boxed broth, fresh or frozen veggies. Anything goes!
  • This easy favorite recipe comes together in just minutes for a fresh and healthy weeknight meal.

ingredients to make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients

Chicken

Use leftover chicken (or turkey), or rotisserie chicken!

You can use raw chicken breasts or chicken thighs in this recipe and let them simmer in the broth (we use this method with our chicken rice soup and tortilla soup too).

Vegetables

In this chicken soup, I add carrots, yellow onions, and celery but you can also use frozen veggies. Kale, mushrooms, diced potatoes, a couple of minced cloves of garlic, broccoli, or cauliflower are also great additions.

Noodles for Soup

Chicken noodle soup is most often made with egg noodles. You can use homemade, frozen, or dried. The simmering time will vary based on the noodle you use so check the package.

Tip: If you plan on leftovers cook the noodles separately and add them to each bowl. Store them separately so they don’t soak up the broth.

Broth

Use homemade broth if you have some and if not, then boxed low sodium broth works great in this recipe, the addition of poultry seasoning and fresh herbs adds a homemade taste.

You can add a small squeeze of lemon juice, other herbs like dried or fresh thyme, oregano, or basil. We prefer the simple sage flavors found in poultry seasoning for a classic flavor.

Other Cooking Options

If you have a whole chicken, it can be simmered to make the broth and cooked chicken meat for a from-scratch chicken noodle soup. Follow the directions in our Classic Chicken Soup recipe to use a whole chicken.

Chicken noodle soup can also be cooked in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.

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How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is full of flavor and is ready in just minutes!

  1. Cook onions, carrots, and celery in a dutch oven with butter (or olive oil). Add flour & poultry seasoning per recipe below.
  2. Add broth, stir in noodles, & simmer until tender.
  3. Add chicken, remove bay leaf, & serve hot!

PRO TIP: If using raw chicken, add chicken breasts to the broth 10 minutes before adding the noodles. Shred before serving.

chicken noodle soup in a pot

What to Serve with Chicken Noodle Soup

This homemade chicken noodle soup recipe is a hearty meal in one pot!

Serve with 30 Minute Dinner RollsHomemade White Bread, and a side of Coleslaw or fresh, crisp salad! Or, just serve this easy soup with crackers and let everyone dig in!

Feeling under the weather? The steam from a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup is a great decongestant, the salt in the soup will help your body retain water while you rehydrate, & chicken noodle soup contains Selenium, which helps to fight common cold symptoms! Turns out Grandma was right!

a bowl of chicken noodle soup

Tips for Storing

Chicken noodle soup can be kept in the fridge for 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.

Freeze this soup for up to 2 months. Leave out the egg noodles and add them when the soup is to be reheated.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup recipe is so hearty, loaded with juicy chicken, tender egg noodles, and fresh vegetables all simmered in a flavorful chicken broth.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth homemade or low sodium
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ounces dry egg noodles
  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped into ½" pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions 

  • Dice the onion. Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, 2-3 minutes.
  • While the onion is cooking, slice the carrot and celery ¼" thick. Add to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft.
  • Stir in the poultry seasoning, flour, salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the broth and bay leaf, turn the heat up to medium-high and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles* and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until noodles are tender (this can vary by brand), approximately 7 minutes.
  • Add chicken and cook 1 minute more or until heated through.
  • Stir in parsley and remove bay leaf before serving.

Notes

Add up to 8 cups of broth or as preferred. 
You can use raw chicken breasts in this recipe. Add them with the broth and let simmer 10 minutes before adding the noodles. Add the noodles and once the noodles are cooked, remove the chicken breasts and shred. Add back to the pot before serving.
If serving the whole soup, cook pasta right in the pot. This flavors the noodles and very slightly thickens the soup.
*For leftovers, cook the pasta separately (in salted water or broth) and add to each serving. Noodles will continue to soak up the liquid if left too long.
Use any type of noodles, dry/fresh/frozen cook for 1 minute less than indicated on the package. 
We sometimes add additional vegetables. Any of the following are great in this chicken noodle soup:
2 cups chopped broccoli or cauliflower, sliced zucchini, 1 cup corn kernels, ½ diced red bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, chopped spinach, or kale. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 352 | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5504IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American

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  1. This soup was SO quick to make and so flavorful. It was a hit with the whole family and I’m happy to add it into our meal rotation.5 stars