This homestyle chicken noodle soup is thick, hearty and chuck full of homestyle noodles, veggies, and chunks of chicken. This homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe can be ready for your family in under 30 minutes and is everyone's favorite.
Nothing says comfort food more than chicken noodle soup. It's my go-to soup recipe when someone is feeling sick or during cold and flu season. It will take you right back to your childhood with it's cozy, rich ingredients. And the best news is, it can be made in about 30 minutes but tastes like you've been cooking all day.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
This homemade chicken noodle soup recipe is so easy. It's a classic chicken noodle soup. It is probably considered more of a semi-homemade recipe with it's pre-made homestyle noodles but you can easily sub them for some homestyle egg noodles too. The ingredients in this cozy soup recipe are easy to find and to have on hand.
Noodles for Chicken Noodle Soup
The noodles' brand doesn't matter as much as the type of noodles. You can certainly make your own homemade noodles if you're so inclined or you can but some Old Fashioned Egg Noodles. They're thick, chewy, and the perfect texture for this soup recipe.
Pro Tip: Egg noodles don't keep great and tend to get a bit mushy if you have leftovers. If you don't think you'll eat all the soup in one sitting, you can add cooked pasta to each bowl of soup when you serve it.
Homemade Soups You'll Love
If you love a great homemade soup, I have a few recipes you're gonna love.
- 30 Minute Chili--Loaded with beef, a rich a hearty homemade Chili.
- Taco Soup is a classic.
- Roasted Tomato Soup is a favorite in the fall when I need to use up all those tomatoes from my garden. Yum.
- Loaded Baked Potato soup is a family favorite.
- Potato Broccoli Soup is always a winner too.
- Minestrone Soup- It's the ultimate Italian Style Vegetable Soup Recipe--Loaded with veggies and a little pasta too.
- Taco Soup--It's kid-approved and loaded with all the Southwest Flavors we love.
- Roasted Tomato Soup--It's an easy and healthy tomato soup recipe. Perfect with a great grilled cheese sandwich.
- Lasagna soup --All the flavors of Lasagna, made in only about 30 minutes.
- Potato Broccoli Soup-- Loaded with Broccoli, potatoes, and cheese, yes, please!
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup--Creamy and delicious and topped with bacon and cheese. Another quick 30-minute meal.
What kind of Chicken to Use
Any of these chicken methods will work just fine. Use the one that makes the most sense for you. Rotisserie chicken is so easy. If you're grabbing a few things from the store, use that method, if you have some thawed chicken breasts, throw them on the grill while your noodles are cooking. If you don't have either, boil your chicken for a few extra minutes.
- Rotisserie Chicken- This is the quickest way to make soup. You can pick up a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket, pull it off the bones and chunk it up to make some pretty amazing rotisserie chicken noodle soup. Bonus, rotisserie chicken makes the most amazing chicken Stock.
- Baked Chicken--You can definitely use baked chicken for this recipe. Just pat dry your chicken breast. Add some salt and pepper and Bake it in a 400-degree oven for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. You can also use skinless chicken thighs.
- Boiled Chicken- If you've never boiled chicken, you're missing out. It makes really tender and juicy chicken for chicken soup. Just add your chicken breasts to some chicken broth and boil until the internal temp of the chicken is 165 degrees or until the juices are no longer pink about 15 minutes. Boiled chicken is perfect for making soup and creates the most tender and juicy chicken breasts.
- Leftover Chicken: Use it in this recipe if you have some leftover turkey or chicken. This recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken breast. Pretty much any leftover chicken will work as long as the flavorings are compatible with this soup recipe. Just chunk it up and toss it in when the noodles are done. Easy peasy!
- Grilled Chicken: This recipe is great with grilled chicken also. You can quickly grill some chicken tenders or chicken breasts while the noodles are cooking. The grill marks on the chicken in soup make it extra flavorful.
What is the best broth?
Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock is super easy to make but does take some time. If you're wondering what kind of chicken broth to buy, the "Better Than Bullion" chicken stock comes in a small jar, is easy to store and has a great flavor. If you're looking for a cartoon of chicken broth, try to find an organic variety. Organic Target Brand is a good one. You can always add in an extra bouillon cube or more chicken base if you're soup is a little bland.
How to Store Chicken Noodle Soup
This recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup is a big one. If you have leftovers and you're not sure what to do with them here are some ideas to keep it fresh and ready to eat whenever you are.
- To Store: You can make the soup broth veggies and chicken ahead of time. If you don't plan to eat the soup right away, cook the noodles separately and store them in a bag or covered container until you're ready to serve. Keep the soup in a sealed covered container. It will last about 5 days. Keep the noodle separate until you're ready to serve.
- To Freeze: You can freeze the chicken noodle soup as long as it has cooled. Let the soup cool almost completely, and then slip it into the fridge to continue to cool. Move to the freezer in a sealed and covered container. It should be fine in the freezer for 3-4 months.
- To Reheat: When you're ready to re-heat the chicken noodle soup, let it thaw in the fridge. Add it to a pot on the stove and heat it slowly until all the ingredients come up to serving temperature. Add noodles if desired and a little more chicken broth if needed.
Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients
- Chicken-- You can use rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken or chicken you've baked. The recipe says 30 minutes but obviously it/'' take you a little more time if you have to bake some chicken.
- Broth-- You can make your own chicken stock or chicken broth or use a store-bought chicken broth. I like to try and find an organic brand. The chicken base, sold in the jar is also a great option. Just mix it with water and you've got a great tasting chicken broth for your chicken noodle soup.
- Noodles--Homestyle noodles work best. Regular pasta noodles will work okay in a pinch but the homestyle ones are a little more firm and hold their shape in soup. They also have a hearty texture which is a fun variation in this recipe.
- Cream Of Chicken Soup-- This will help give your soup more flavor and a thick and creamy texture. You can omit this from the recipe if desired, add more chicken base to the recipe for more flavor.
- Carrots-- You can peel and slice big carrots. Baby carrots also work great. Just cut them in 3rds or quarters, bite-sized pieces. Boil them with the noodles in the chicken broth.
- Peas- Frozen Peas work great. I like to add them to the soup right before I serve it. They will cool the soup down a little and also keep their bright green color.
- Other Vegetable Options: You can also add celery, onions, bay leaves or even a cup of pre-cut carrot and celery from the freezer section.
How to Make the Best Chicken Noodle Soup
- In a large dutch oven or pot, add the chicken broth. Put the pot on the stove, and set the burner to high. Bring the chicken broth to a boil.
- Peel and slice the carrots. Add the carrots to the chicken broth.
- When the chicken broth has a rapid boil, add the noodles and the cream of chicken soup. (A full bag of noodles makes a huge pot of soup, enough to feed 8-10 people.)
- Turn the heat down to medium so the broth doesn't boil over. Boil noodles and carrots in the broth according to package directions, 12-15 minutes.
- While the noodles are boiling, be sure to taste the broth and make sure it has the flavor you want. If it's too strong, add some water. Add salt, pepper, and the "better than bouillon" if needed. Every chicken broth is a little different so it works best to taste test it.
- When the noodles are done, add chicken and frozen peas. The hot soup will thaw the peas. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
What to Serve with Soup
- Cheesy Breadsticks
- Olive Garden Breadsticks
- Homemade Bread Recipe
- Homemade French Bread
- Parkerhouse Rolls
- Quick Dinner Rolls
- More Bread Recipes
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
- 3 Quarts Chicken Broth (Or Use the better than bouillon chicken stock, picture in post) and follow directions to make your own chicken stock)
- 1 Package Homestyle Egg Noodles ( the brand doesn't matter. It comes in a regular and wide width. I used regular)
- 2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken cut into bite sized cubes (I've also used left over grilled chicken for this recipe and it works great too)
- 5 Large Carrots, sliced into ¼" slices
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1 cup peas, frozen
- 1 pinch kosher Salt and Black pepper seasoning with salt to taste
- In a large pot over medium heat, pour in the chicken broth. Add the carrots to the chicken broth while the chicken broth is coming to a boil.
- As soon as the chicken broth is boiling, add the noodles and the cream of chicken soup. (A full bag of noodles makes a huge pot of soup, enough to feed 8-10 people.)
- Turn the heat down to medium so the broth doesn't boil over. Bring to a boil and cook the noodles in the broth according to package directions, 12-15 minutes.
- While the noodles are boiling, be sure to taste the broth and make sure it has the flavor you want. If it's too strong, add some water. Season with salt and pepper, and the "better than bouillon" if needed. Every chicken broth is a little different so it works best to taste test it.
- When the noodles are done, add chicken and the peas. The hot soup will thaw the peas. Optional: Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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If you don’t have time to make chicken noodle soup from scratch, this easy Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a great option. You can have this easy chicken soup is ready for your family in under 30 minutes.