Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Homemade chicken noodle soup is not only easy to make, but it also tastes better than anything you can buy in a can. This classic comfort food is a must-make for winter-time!

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Nothing is more delicious and comforting than a perfectly steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup—especially when you’re feeling under the weather!

Since food is my love language, when someone I love is feeling yucky, I always try to make them a great big batch of old-fashioned chicken noodle soup. Not only is it comforting, but it also has some added benefits to help with healing (more on that in a sec), and it’s just darn delicious! I always make sure to save back enough to have a bowl for myself.

Overhead of finished chicken noodle soup with homemade egg noodles in a large dutch oven.

Is chicken noodle soup really good for you?

Chicken noodle soup made with fresh ingredients is packed full of nutrition and is a great way to nourish someone who is feeling under the weather.

But maybe more importantly than that (especially if you’re caring for someone sick), chicken noodle soup can bring comfort to someone who isn’t feeling well. Don’t underestimate the power of comfort food! Nourishing your soul with food is just as important as nourishing your body with nutrients.

Wholefully Protip

Some folks choose to avoid gluten during illnesses because it can cause an inflammatory response in certain bodies. If gluten bothers you, you might want to try our Chicken Zoodle Soup for a grain-free (but still totally delicious) version of this sick-day classic.

Does chicken noodle soup really help when you’re sick?

Chicken soup has been a classic home remedy for cold and flu season for ages, and thankfully, there is a lot of science out there that backs it up! Here’s some of the most prominent benefits (hat tip to UCLA Health Integrative Medicine for collecting these).

  • Warming the body may help with immune response (source) : Scientists from Yale University have found that there is a reduction in antiviral signals during colder conditions.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties (source): A 2000 study suggested that chicken soup’s mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one of the reasons why soup helps relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Helps movement of nasal fluids (source): Chicken soup was observed to be superior to hot water in increasing the movement of nasal mucus, which can help clear the airways and ease congestion.

This is all beyond the proven scientific benefits of the individual ingredients in the soup like garlic and onions, which have powerful antiviral compounds that have been shown to reduce the amount and severity of colds. (Source | Source | Source)

Chopped onion, diced celery, and sliced carrot on a cutting board.

What ingredients do I need for homemade chicken noodle soup?

The ingredients list for this soup may look long, but I promise that everything is pretty straightforward. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • A whole chicken. Can’t have chicken noodle soup without the chicken!
  • Water. Yup, no stock—but this will honestly be the most flavorful chicken noodle soup you’ve ever had. We’ll talk more about that in a sec!
  • Onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. These will both give you some vitamins and minerals, and add more flavor to the soup.
  • Bay leaves, dried sage, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and dried marjoram. These are all there for flavor. If you are missing one or two, don’t fret—you’ll still get a delicious soup!
  • Salt and black pepper.

And then for the homemade noodles (yes, homemade noodles! They are easier than you think!), you’ll need flour, salt, eggs, and water.

How do you make soup from scratch without stock?

There are two parts of this recipe that really make it “from scratch”—the first is using a whole chicken to create the stock, right in the same pot that you cook the soup in. It gives you so much incredible flavor that you’ll never be able to recreate using a store bought broth. You can make some darn good soup using the boxed stuff (and the stuff you make at home), but for the best ever chicken noodle soup, make it fresh using a whole chicken. You’ll be happy you did.

Overhead of two bowls of soup on a table with a white kitchen linen.

Uh…homemade noodles? That sounds like a lot of work.

The other from scratch aspect is the egg noodles. If you’ve never made your own egg noodles before, my one big piece of advice is to roll them as thin as you possibly can. Like, paper, see-through thin. They will expand like those growing dinosaur sponges you used to get from the dollar store as a kid (just me?).

What can I add to my chicken noodle soup for flavor?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—this homemade chicken noodle soup has SO MUCH more flavor than anything you’d buy in the store. That’s thanks to making the stock right in the pot with the soup, the aromatic veggies, and all the herbs. Delicious!

Overhead of flour in a bowl with egg yolks in a well in the center. Fresh egg noodles cut into long strands.

How do you make egg noodles?

It is so easy, you might never buy egg noodles again! To make egg noodles:

  1. Mix together the flour and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center, and add in the egg yolks and egg.
  3. Using clean fingers, mix together until it is lumpy and yellow (it should look a bit like scrambled eggs).
  4. Add in water a few tablespoons at a time, kneading after each addition, until the dough comes together to form a ball.
  5. Flour a work surface, and roll out the dough until paper-thin. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut into 1/4″ x 2″ pieces.

That’s it. You’ve made noodles!

Wholefully Protip

Homemade noodles are delicious and a breeze to make, but if you aren’t up for it, you can sub in store bought wide egg noodles for an equally delicious soup.

Can I make the noodles ahead of time?

Sure can! Let the noodles dry for two hours on a baking sheet at room temperature (you can cover with a loose kitchen towel). Then place in an airtight container and chill in the fridge for up to three days.

How do you make homemade chicken noodle soup?

First up, you’re going to make the chicken stock. Drop the chicken in your soup pot, cover it with water, and then sit down on the couch and rest while it simmers for about an hour. Take the chicken out of the pot to remove the meat from the bones.

Then you’ll add all your vegetables and herbs, and simmer for about 15 minutes. While they simmer, you can make your noodles! Stir the noodles and chicken in to the soup, boil for 3-5 minutes, and you’re done! Dish out a big bowl of soup for yourself, and enjoy.

Can I make this soup with chicken breasts?

We recommend you stick with whole chicken here, because a lot of the flavor of the broth comes from the dark meat and connective tissue found in the whole chicken. If you want to use chicken breasts, check out our Chicken Zoodle Soup recipe.

Two bowls of chicken noodle soup on a table with white linens.

What is the difference between stock and broth?

Some folks use these terms interchangeably, but the classic difference is that stock is made from meat bones, and broth is made from meat and vegetables only. This results in broth being thinner and less flavorful, whereas stock is rich and thick and packed with collagen.

So yes, that means that bone broth is actually technically a stock, not a broth. So why is it called bone broth? Some marketing person probably just liked the alliteration!

Can you freeze homemade chicken noodle soup?

Sure can! We recommend freezing the soup without the noodles, because they do tend to break down a bit during the freezing, thawing, and reheating process.

How long is homemade chicken noodle soup good for?

And the best part about chicken noodle soup—it makes a ton. So you can eat on it through an entire illness, or have enough to give to someone feeling under the weather and save some back for yourself. It’ll last in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Enjoy!

 
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Homemade chicken noodle soup is not only easy to make, but it also tastes better than anything you can buy in a can. This classic comfort food is a must-make for winter-time!

Ingredients

For the Soup:

  • 1 whole chicken, 3-4 pounds
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 large stalks of celery (including leaves), diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced (more if you're really sick, garlic is a good cold killer!)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Noodles:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is falling off the bone, about an hour. Remove the chicken, and let cool to touch. Remove the meat from the bones.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, sage, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram to the broth. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the veggies are tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. While the broth is simmering, make your egg noodles by mixing together the flour and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Make a well in the center, and add in the egg yolks and egg. Using clean fingers, mix together until it is lumpy and yellow (it should look a bit like scrambled eggs). Add in water a few tablespoons at a time, kneading after each addition, until the dough comes together to form a ball.
  4. Flour a work surface, and roll out the dough until paper-thin. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut into 1/4" x 2" pieces.
  5. Add the noodles, just a few at a time, to the simmering broth. Once all noodles are added, also add in the chicken. Boil noodles for 3-5 minutes until they are tender and no longer doughy. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Notes

Depending on how much broth your noodles absorb, you might need to add a cup or two of water to thin out the soup after the noodles are finished cooking (or just eat it thick!).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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39 Responses
  1. Christy

    Hi there, I’m excited to try this recipe! Do you think I could still use the chicken carcass to make stock afterward since it only cooked for one hour? Have you tried that? Thanks!

    1. Cassie

      It won’t be as flavorful (because so much of the flavor is in the soup), but you can definitely do it. I’d actually just mix it with another chicken carcass and maybe make a 1-1/2 size batch.

  2. Yum!!! Thank you for making chicken soup from scratch seem not so intimidating, I didn’t think that was possible! I can’t wait for the next snowy day when I can stay in and simmer the day away. 🙂

  3. Mallory

    I didn’t have a whole chicken, but I did have a bunch of skin on, bone-in thighs that I used and they did the trick nicely! I LOVE egg noodles and while I used the dried stuff this time, I’ll have to try out the fresh ones next go around.

    I also like to use vadouvan spice as my main herb seasonings – not quite what grandma used for chicken noodle soup, but it definitely adds a nice pop of flavor.

  4. Bridget

    I did it! Made it today for a dinner party we were having. I can’t believe I made homemade noodles! I never would have attempted but you made it seem easier than I thought. You were right. Not hard at all! Thanks for a great recipe and some cooking confidence!:)

    1. Patty Shelton

      I just roasted a chicken using fresh Thyme and Marjoram, which I would like to use to make this wonderful sounding recipe. Do you know how much fresh finely chopped Thyme and Marjoram I would use in place of the dried? Don’t want to over or under do it! Thanks, I’m getting another chicken today to make the recipe just as you recommend. Besides, the chicken roast chicken was so good that there wasn’t anything but the carcass left the day I made it!

      1. Julie @ Wholefully

        I think generally, you want three times the amount of fresh herbs as you do dried, because the dried are so concentrated. So 4 1/2 teaspoons thyme, and 3 teaspoons marjoram!

  5. Malinda

    In the bowl it shows 4 egg yolks but the recipe doesn’t call for that many is that a triple batch or do you add extra egg yolks

  6. Eric

    Your ads cause me to jump around the page while I am trying to read the instructions. As a result, I added this site to my “block ads” list.

    I love this recipe. Hate the ads. I understand that they are necessary to keep the site running, but when they interfere with the usability of the site then I have no choice but to block them.

  7. Tani

    Hi there!
    I’m so sorry if this is a silly question, but is the chicken raw or already cooked when it goes in the pot? ? I’d hate to get it wrong!
    I’m really excited to try this recipe, I have two kids and have been on the hunt for the perfect chicken noodle soup to make when they are unwell.
    Thank you for the recipe and for your time!

      1. Tani

        Thank you for your reply! I made my first batch today and hooly dooly, it is EXACTLY what I was after ? It is going straight into my recipe book to be whipped out whenever we get a bout of sniffles in our house.
        Really thank you so, so much again – I’ve tried a couple of other recipes but they didn’t come close to this one. And like you say, so easy (almost calming) to put together!

  8. Carmen

    Your recipe looks and sounds delicious however I will NEVER make it as I can not print the recipe without an advertisement showing in the middle of the recipe card. You may have the greatest chicken noodle soup in the universe but the recipe itself is ruined by an ad that is making you like what, a $1.50? It’s bad enough that these ads have taken over the internet but now I have to put up with them on my recipe cards? I don’t think so, I’ll take my chicken noodle soup needs elsewhere, thank you very much!

    1. Cassie

      I’m sorry you feel that way! I understand ads can get annoying, but that $1.50 adds up to pay my mortgage, feed my family, and make it to where I can afford to publish great recipes for free for you to enjoy. This is my career, and just as I’d want you to get paid a fair wage at your job, I hope you’d wish the same for me.

      If you prefer, you can download ad blocking plugins for most browsers now-a-days that will remove advertisements. There are also numerous subscription-based recipe websites where you can pay an upfront fee and then browse ad-free. Either way, I hope you find a great chicken noodle soup recipe that fits your needs!

      1. Carmen

        I think it’s great that you can make a career being a blogger and I have no issue with using ads to do so on the main pages of your blog. Once I hit the print button I don’t want an ad in the middle of what I’m trying to print, that is all. I’m sure you can leave the ads off of the pages that are print links and still make a fair wage. I don’t have the ability to use an ad blocker add-on as I us a tablet and to my knowledge they don’t have them for tablets but it is something I will look into. My previous comment was very harsh and that was due to my frustration of reloading the recipe card several times in the hopes that I might get a page to print that didn’t have an ad. I do apologize for that.

  9. Justin

    Attempted to load this on my iPad 3 different times. Cleared applications; restarted device. Refused. Not sure what you’re using for your mobile version, but it doesn’t seem to be working.
    Works fine on my laptop.
    Pretty sure that you don’t want to use the word “meanwhile” to start step-2. This indicates that you would be doing all this and adding the items to the pot during step-1. Reading through the full step you can see that this isn’t the case, but… you know… people.

  10. Justin

    Quite good. I added potatoes and green-onions. (Would recommend adding potatoes and carrots a bit later, as they tend to fall apart if you leave them in for too long.
    I used a KitchenAid mixer and a pasta-machine for the noodles. (Mixer is great… cuts down on time significantly.) Make sure to cut your noodles down to 2″ segments unless you want to eat things with a fork!
    Herb mix is good! I added 2TBS Salt & Pepper and it was quite nice.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Katie

    I have a question.. So I slow cooked a whole chicken in my crock pot and now I have all the drippings from that. Would they make a good broth? I was thinking of making soup using some of the chicken and the drippings. I’m new at this (obv) and would love any suggestions anyone may have. Thanks!

  12. Parisa M

    Excellent recipe! Excellent flavor, and fantastic step-by-step explanation with appropriately-paired photographs. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. jessica

    making this right now gunna try n make the noodles even though i have noodles in the freezer you make it sound so easy going to give it a try?

  14. Silvia

    Thanks for the recipe. I made this tonight but was disappointed in how bland and lacking in flavour the broth was, have I missed something? Should we also add stock in for added flavour or did I just have a dud chicken (it was free range?)

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      We haven’t measured the exact amount the noodle recipe makes on its own—only combined together with the soup. Similar recipes make approximately one pound of noodles, but that’s just an estimate!

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