When my body is tired and achey, or I’m feeling a bit under the weather, I always throw together a pot of this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. The aroma that fills my house as it cooks is absolutely soothing to the soul, and the “from scratch” flavor just can’t be beat. There’s no bouillon here folks, because this broth is the real deal. But don’t worry, despite being from scratch, this homemade chicken noodle soup is surprisingly simple and requires very little hands-on time!
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Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch
Pairs perfectly with homemade No-Knead Focaccia Rolls!
Can I Make it in a Slow Cooker?
Yes, this recipe adapts very easily to the slow cooker. Click here to see the instructions for my Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup (with step by step photos).
Can I Freeze This Chicken Noodle Soup
Absolutely! That’s actually one of my favorite aspects of this soup. It makes a big batch, so I always freeze about half of it for those days when I’m really under the weather. A quick reheat in the microwave or in a pot and this soup instantly makes me feel better. To freeze this soup, first divide it into single portions, make sure it is chilled completely in the refrigerator, then transfer it to the freezer, for up to about three months.
Why is Bone-In Chicken Better For Chicken Noodle Soup?
By using split chicken breasts (chicken breasts that still have the bones and rib meat attached) you’re getting all of the flavor and health benefits of the chicken bones and connective tissue. If that sounds strange, just trust me. The bones provide an incredible depth to the broth’s flavor and the connective tissues break down and give body, or a slight richness to the broth. If you use boneless chicken breasts instead, your soup will definitely be lacking. And don’t worry, all those bones and connective tissue get taken out before the soup is served. 😉
Make sure to keep a serving or two of this Chicken Noodle Soup in your freezer for those days when you’re not feeling well!
How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – Step By Step Photos
Begin my dicing one onion and mincing three cloves of garlic. Place them in a large pot with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and transparent.
While the onion and garlic are cooking, clean and slice 1/2 lb. carrots and 1/2 bunch celery (3-4 stalks). Add them to the pot. You’ll only use half of a one pound bag of carrots and half of a bunch of celery, but the rest doesn’t need to go to waste. You can clean and slice the rest and freeze them to make another batch of soup with later. I do it every (other) time. It takes just a few more minutes and is super convenient later!
Remove the skin (and any excess fat) from two split chicken breasts (2.5-3 lbs. total). Split chicken breasts come with bones and rib meat, both of which add a LOT of flavor to the broth. They will also sometimes be labeled “bone-in chicken breast with rib meat”.
Add the chicken breasts to the pot along with 1 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 Tbsp dried or fresh parsley, 1 bay leaf, and some freshly cracked pepper.
Add eight cups of water, cover, and bring up to a boil over high heat. As soon as it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for one hour. Make sure that you don’t turn the heat down so low that it stops simmering. It needs to simmer the whole time.
After an hour, it will look something like this. Pull the chicken out of the pot…
Using two forks (because it will be piping hot), pull the chicken from the bone and shred it slightly.
Add 6oz. egg noodles to the pot while you’re working on the chicken, turn the heat up to a boil, and cook until tender (about 7-10 minutes). You can use any noodle that you like, but I really like egg noodles for this soup. They have a nice firm texture and they don’t disintegrate in the soup. Season the broth with salt, beginning with one teaspoon and adding more until the flavor of the broth really pops (2-3 teaspoons).
Add the shredded chicken back to the soup, stir to combine, and you’re ready to eat! It’s never a bad idea to give it one last taste and adjust the salt if needed.
This makes a big batch about about 12 cups, or eight 1.5 cup servings, so it’s not a bad idea to freeze some. Always refrigerate the soup fully before transferring it to the freezer. When making big batches of soups and stews, it’s a good idea to divide it up into smaller portions before refrigerating so that the hot liquid can cool down faster once in the refrigerator.