Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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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!

Spoon resting in bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
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  1. Ingredients in Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Recipe Substitutions
  3. Make it in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
  4. Frequently Asked Questions About Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  5. More Comforting Soup Recipes
  6. Mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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 easy chicken noodle soup recipe. It’s simple and so yummy!

Chicken, onion, celery, carrots, spices and pasta for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

Ingredients in Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Just a few wholesome ingredients and a large stockpot and you will have some serious comfort food simmering away in no time! Here’s what you need for this delicious soup:

  • Water – about six cups of water or chicken stock. You can also use low-sodium chicken broth.
  • Chicken breasts – I like to use boneless, skinless breasts, but you can use chicken thighs or bone-in chicken breasts. Just make sure to remove the bones after the chicken is cooked and before you add the other ingredients.
  • Salt – at least one teaspoon, and more to taste
  • Onion – one large yellow onion, diced
  • Carrots – about one cup of thinly sliced carrots
  • Chicken bouillon granules – or two cubes of bouillon
  • Celery – about half cup finely diced. This is optional but super yummy!
  • Egg noodles – we love Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg noodles (you can also use homemade noodles)
Ladle holding a scoop of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

Recipe Substitutions

  • 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. But you could add parsley, oregano, garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, cayenne pepper or a bay leaf for deeper flavor.
  • Switch out chicken for turkey! It’s a great recipe to make after Thanksgiving to use up those turkey leftovers.
  • Stir in spinach, kale, peas, or any other veggies you like.

Make it in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

This recipe can easily be made in the crock pot OR the instant pot! The recipes are all very similar but with a few differences. We have recipes for both so if you’re tight on time and need to get the job done quick, try our Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. If you want to let the soup simmer all day and make your house smell amazing, use our Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

Two bowls of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with spoons.

Frequently Asked Questions About Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Can I make this soup gluten free?

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.

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. Plus, a nourishing bowl of soup just feels so good!

Can you freeze this soup?

Yes! This soup stays fresh in the freezer for up to three months, and thaws easily in the refrigerator. It’s an ideal meal to make and freeze and give to neighbors or loved ones.

How long will this soup last?

In the refrigerator, homemade chicken noodle soup will keep for about four days.

READ MORE:35+ Chicken Breast Recipes

Hand holding spoon with Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

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:

Spoon resting in bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

Mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

4.73 from 11 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 8

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large stock pot combine water, chicken and salt. Boil until chicken is cooked completely through.   
    Chicken in a pot of water for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • 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.
    Plastic wrap over a plate of cooked chicken for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • Strain the broth to get a nice clear broth for the soup and put it back into the stock pot.
    Strained broth for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • 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. 
    Blender with pulsed onions for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • Add carrots, chicken bouillon granules, and celery. Bring the broth to a boil. 
    Pot of vegetables and broth for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • Once the broth is boiling, add egg noodles. Cook the noodles until done, 15-20 minutes.
    Dry noodles in pot of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cut the chicken breasts into small bite-sized chunks. I like to break and tear it into chunks. 
    Cut up chicken on a cutting board for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • Once the noodles are cooked, take off the heat and add the bite-sized pieces of chicken breast.
    Chicken in a pot for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • Add bouillon granules (instead of salt) and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh parsley.
    Ladle holding a scoop of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

Notes

  • 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.
  • This recipe can easily be made in the crock pot OR the instant pot! The recipes are all very similar but with a few differences. Try our Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup or our Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe.
  • 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. But you could add parsley, oregano, garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, cayenne pepper or a bay leaf for deeper flavor.
  • Switch out chicken for turkey! It’s a great recipe to make after Thanksgiving to use up those turkey leftovers.
  • Stir in spinach, kale, peas, or any other veggies you like.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 30gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 759mgPotassium: 603mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2758IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful 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