This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is truly good for the soul. Rich broth, chunks of juicy chicken and tender noodles create a comfort classic that is ready in no time!
Growing up, there was very little that a big bowl of our mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup couldn’t fix. She always seemed to know when we were sad, a little sick, or just in need of a savory pick-me-up. This soup recipe always made us feel better, probably because it was made with extra love. So put away the canned soup and whip up a batch of this homemade soup recipe. It’s simple and so yummy!
Does Chicken Noodle Soup Really Help a Cold?
It’s the classic tale that every mom tells her child, but it turns out there is some truth to the idea that chicken soup helps the common cold. The hot broth is known to clear congestion and hydrate the body to get rid of those pesky viral germs. Our mom always told us if we really want to kick our colds, add more onion and pepper. Plus, a nourishing bowl of soup just feels so good! It’s one of our favorite things to make anytime we feel a bit under the weather.
Is Chicken Noodle Soup Gluten Free?
Yes, as long as you use gluten-free noodles. And if you’re adding more chicken broth from a can or box, make sure to read the labels! There are delicious GF options for both noodles and broth out there, but reading the labels is important. You can omit the noodles if you wish, and enjoy a lovely chicken and vegetable soup. It’s deliciously comforting either way.
Can Chicken Noodle Soup Be Frozen?
Absolutely! I love to make a huge batch of this homemade soup and freeze a large portion. It freezes beautifully for three months, and thaws easily in the refrigerator. Once thawed warm the soup on the stove. It’s an ideal meal to make and freeze and give to neighbors of loved ones.
What Spices are Good in Chicken Noodle Soup?
Very few herbs or spices are needed in when making this Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch, because the chicken broth and vegetables is so flavorful. Just a little salt and pepper and some chicken bouillon is all you need. But you could add any of these for more flavor depth:
- garlic salt
- cayenne pepper
- bay leaf
More Comforting Soup Recipes
No doubt about it, a hot bowl of soup is one of the most comforting ways to end a long day, and the best way to show love for your family and friends. There are dozens of delicious soup recipes on our website to try, but here a few of our very favorites:
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
- Cheese Tortellini Soup
- Thick and Hearty Seafood Chowder
- Cafe Rio’s Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Creamy Italian Sausage Chili
How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
In a large stock pot combine water, chicken and salt. Boil until chicken is cooked completely through.
Remove the cooked chicken onto a plate to cool. Keep the broth.
Cover the chicken with plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out. Refrigerate.
Strain the broth to get a nice clear broth for the soup and put it back into the stock pot.
Peel onion and chop into chunks.
Combine 1/2 cup of water and onion in a food processor or blender. Puree for 30 seconds, add to the chicken broth.
Add carrots, chicken bouillon granules, and celery. Bring the broth to a boil.
Once the broth is boiling, add egg noodles.
Cook the noodles until done, 15-20 minutes.
While the pasta is cooking, cut the chicken breasts into small bite-sized chunks. I like to break and tear it into chunks.
If you need to add more liquid to the soup, add a can of Swanson's chicken broth or water and season with more of the Wyler's chicken bouillon granules to taste.
Add bouillon granules (instead of salt) and pepper to taste.