The Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


Hearty, delicious, easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe to help you get well soon!  This is the best and perfect cold weather soup and sickness cure.

The best homemade chicken noodle soup recipe.

There are about as many recipes for chicken noodle soup as there are people who enjoy it and eat it when they aren’t feeling well, and I have been on the hunt for a really good go-to recipe for a long time now.  Earlier this winter, I got blasted with the flu and it was the absolute worst!  I felt so weak, achy, and all-around crappy.  I mustered up just enough energy to make this soup because, for some reason, this is the only meal that sounds good to me when I’m sick.  Anyone else?

Aside from just times of sickness, temperatures are still hanging around in the single digits and teens here in New York and nothing warms the soul like chicken noodle soup when it’s freezing cold out!  Therefore, I figured this is a great time to post this soup.  It is so good, filling, comforting, and has such unbelievable flavor that I think this recipe will become a regular in our house.  I could drink this broth all by itself – it’s that tasty!

P.S.  Sometimes I like to cook the noodles separately and add to the bowls before I ladle in the hot soup on top of the noodles.  That way the broth doesn’t get soaked up by the noodles – this is a good method if you plan on having leftovers and storing them in the ‘fridge.  Enjoy!

The Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
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Serves: 4
Hearty, delicious, easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe to help you get well soon! This is best and perfect cold weather soup and sickness cure.
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into ½-inch-thick slices or diced
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, store bought or homemade
  • 8 ounces dried wide egg noodles
  • 1½ cups shredded cooked chicken
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (or dried if that’s all you have)
  1. Place a soup pot over medium heat and coat with the oil.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf.
  3. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil.
  5. Add the noodles and simmer for 5 minutes until tender.
  6. Fold in the chicken, and continue to simmer for another couple of minutes to heat through; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
You can also cook the noodles separately and add to the bowls before you ladle the hot soup on top of the noodles. This keeps the broth from getting soaked up by the noodles – this is a good method if you plan on having leftovers.

Recipe source:   adapted from

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40 Responses to “The Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. March 5, 2014 at 4:26 AM #

    Its the cold and flu season in HK as now the weather is super damp and windy. I so need a bowl of this today. Take Care, BAM

  2. March 5, 2014 at 6:32 AM #

    Sounds so good for these cold days!

    • March 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Thank you Marie!!

  3. March 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM #

    I hope you feel better soon, Ashley. This soup looks so warm and comforting, and something that I certainly could eat right now. I’ve literally been sick since 2013 (two bouts of strep, a fever, a lingering cough) and could use some comfort food like this to help me get healthier!

    • March 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Awww I hope you get better Eva!!!

  4. March 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM #

    I love chicken noodle soup – and it’s the perfect remedy when you’re feeling under the weather!

  5. March 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM #

    Hope you’re feeling better now my friend! This noodle soup looks incredible and super comforting too! xxxx

    • March 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

      Thank you I’m much better now!!

  6. March 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM #

    I totally agree with that sentiment; I’m kind of getting over a cold right now, and the one thing I crave all the time is chicken noodle. Great recipe! (:

    • March 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM #

      I’m glad you agree!! That means I’m not weird 😉

  7. March 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM #

    So sorry you had the flu last week – I sure hope you are feeling better this week.
    Yes, soup is what I can muster to eat myself when sick. Thanks for the tip about adding the noodles after.

    • March 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM #

      I’m all better now!! Thanks for the nice comment, Shashi!

  8. March 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

    Getting sick is no fun, and the flu is the worst. I agree about craving chicken noodle soup when I’m under the weather. Yours looks delightful! Thanks so much.

    • March 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM #

      That was the first time I had the flu – it’s awful! Thanks, John!

  9. March 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM #

    Love chicken soup in all of its renditions! Yours looks lovely – just a good old traditional chicken soup! I am glad you’re feeling better – the soup must’ve helped!

    • March 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM #

      It definitely helped! Thank you!!

  10. March 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM #

    Fantastic looking soup for these temperatures!

  11. March 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM #

    I love chicken noodle soup and homemade is the best! Definitely feel good food 😀

  12. March 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM #

    mmmmmmmmm the ultimate in comfort food 🙂 your soup looks delish!

  13. March 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

    Yay for soup! I totally agree – when I’m sick, soup is one of the few things that I usually actually want to eat! And chicken noodle soup is always perfect for making you feel better, sick or not!

  14. March 5, 2014 at 9:33 PM #

    When it comes to comfort food, this is hands down the best thing to eat! Looks great!

    • March 6, 2014 at 2:21 AM #

      I know – it really is! Thanks so much!

  15. March 5, 2014 at 10:29 PM #

    I hope you feel better Ashley! What a neat ideal to ladle the soup over the noodles once there in the bowl! I am going to half to try that, because I can’t stand soggy noodles in my soup.

    • March 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM #

      Thank you so much, Shundara!

  16. March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM #

    Such a classic! Great job Ashley, this sounds amazing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  17. March 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM #

    I’d love a big ole’ bowl of this right now! I love myself a great bowl of soup. 🙂

    • March 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM #

      Ditto, Marcie! Thanks for commenting!

  18. March 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

    I’d love a huge bowl of this for lunch, looks amazing!

  19. March 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM #

    I have been craving all kinds of soup this winter. It’s so comforting. I like making chicken soup with Shirataki noodles to cut down on the carbs and calories – I save those for dessert 😀

  20. March 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM #

    The best soup!! Nettie

  21. March 7, 2014 at 2:07 AM #

    Such a warm comforting soup 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • March 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

      Thank you!! It sure is!

  22. March 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM #

    Ashley, we’ve been really lucky over here with the whole flu thing… knock on wood! But, I can eat this soup every day just to stay warm! Looks divine!


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