Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

5 from 9 votes

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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!

white bowl of chicken noodle soup with silver ladle

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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.

Suggestions for this Recipe

  • To make this soup gluten free, make sure you find GF noodles. And if you’re adding more chicken broth from a can or box, make sure to read the labels! There are delicious gluten-free 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.
  • 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.
  • In the refrigerator, homemade chicken noodle soup will keep for about four days.
  • 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 parsley, oregano, garlic salt, cayenne pepper or a bay leaf for deeper flavor.
  • This soup can easily be made in the slow cooker! Just throw in all the ingredients except the noodles, and cook for 4-6 hours. Then remove chicken and shred and add the noodles at the end.
pot of chicken noodle soup with spoon stirring

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:

ladle of chicken noodle soup over pot
A square white bowl filled with homemade chicken noodle soup

Mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

5 from 9 votes
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!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6



  • 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 ½ 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.


Nutrition Information

Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 39gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 1005mgPotassium: 799mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3676IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is still one of my very favorites to make. This time of year it gets make at least 3 times a month.

  2. 5 stars
    The ultimate comfort food right there!! Homemade chicken noodle is the best & so much better than any canned soup! Love the flavor!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing chicken noodle soup recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  4. 5 stars
    Every time I think of chicken noodle soup, I think of my childhood & when my mom would take care of us, when we were sick. This was always on the menu!

  5. 5 stars
    Chicken Noodle Soup is made all year long at my house. I love how simple it is to throw together. With the egg noodles it make it even quicker to make. Sometimes, I will make homemade egg noodles if I have time.

  6. 5 stars
    Super love your recipe! Chicken noodles soup is my fam’s new favorite! So glad to know this idea, thanks a lot!

  7. 5 stars
    I haven’t ever been to your site before, but I have heard of it. . . I googled a chicken noodle soup recipe using country pasta, and your site came up a few from the top. We LOVED this soup!! I love that you blend the onions- I’ve never seen a version of this soup like that. It tasted wonderful, and my 6 and 4 year-olds gobbled it up. Thank you! Your other recipes look wonderful too. I will be coming back to try more:)

  8. 5 stars
    Love your recipes!! Just made this soup. I don’t know if my chicken breasts were too big and therefore I had to boil them longer..but i didn’t have 6 cups of water/broth left after boiling them and definitely had to add more water and chicken bouillon granules at the end or i would have had stew. ( i added about 4 more cups of water). BUT don’t get me wrong, it looks delicious and i can’t wait to eat it!! 🙂

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  10. Do you happen to know how many cups of noodles that would be (aproximate)? I buy the big bag from Cosctco, so I'm not sure how much to add? Thanks for all the great recipes!

  11. how many does this serve? I want to make it but I need to figure this out for 4 adults and 5 children. Thanks