5 from 3 votes

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is one of the most popular recipes you can make all year long. Hearty celery, onion, carrots, tender thyme, juicy fresh farm raised chicken and perfect pasta make this soup irresistible. 

a pot of chicken noodle soup with a ladle

This homemade Chicken Noodle Soup was my mother’s recipe that I’ve loved and enjoyed making over the years. It’s so simple and full of so much flavor. It’s the epitome of comfort food.  

Making homemade soup on the stove can be an all day affair but once you get that first pipping hot spoonful, it all becomes oh-so-worth it! I enjoy making so many soups, a few other favorites are Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup, Keto Zuppa Toscana, and Tomato Florentine Soup.  

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    This post was sponsored by Chicken Farmers of Canada where I participated in a 7 day a week challenge using 2 whole chickens to feed my family. It was a fun way to challenge myself to create new recipes using chicken meat all week. 

    Chicken is such a versatile type of meat. It can go in so many dishes. Some of the recipes I ended up using all the chicken in were: Easy Baked Salsa Chicken, Honey Dijon Chicken, Creamy Garlic Chicken with Noodles, and Spanish Chicken.

    Why You’ll Love This Chicken Noodle Soup

    • A meal that all picky eaters can agree on and a very simple recipe that you can add things to to jazz it up and customize it for your needs
    • Perfect soup for when you or your family doesn’t feel well
    • You can easily use both dark and white meat from a whole chicken in your soup
    • Tastes amazing after you it’s been simmering on the stove for a few hours, not to mention how fantastic your house will smell
    • You’ll have leftovers for multiple meals just from one large pot of soup


    • Celery
    • Carrots
    • Sweet onion
    • Garlic cloves
    • Chicken broth
    • Cooked chicken
    • Fresh thyme
    • Noodles
    • Salt and pepper
    homemade chicken noodle soup ingredients

    How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    • Step One: Add all ingredients except the noodles to a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil.
    • Step Two: Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for an hour.
    • Step Three: Add in noodles and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
    homemade chicken noodle soup ingredients in a pot

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    What To Serve With Easy Chicken Soup

    a ladle with chicken noodle soup

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Keep your chicken carcass to make your own chicken broth to use next time in this recipe.
    • Prep your ingredients ahead of time and store them in airtight containers in the fridge. Then later all you have to do is dump and simmer the soup.
    • You can use rotisserie chicken for quick and easy already cooked chicken to toss in your soup.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. 
    • Keep your chicken carcass to make your own chicken broth to use next time in this recipe. Feel
    • free to add in other ingredients like diced tomatoes, bell peppers, or various onions for more delicious flavors and pops of color.
    • You can make homemade turkey soup with this recipe too.
    • Swap out your noodle choices for other ones. You can even try adding rice for a chicken and rice soup.
    • Don’t be afraid to add a dash of hot sauce to spice up your soup.
    • When reheating your soup you may want to add some more chicken broth to help thin it out a bit.
    • I used a sweet onion but you can use whatever onion you prefer, a white, yellow, or Vidalia onion also all work for this soup recipe. 
    soup bowl with a spoon filled with chicken noodle soup

    How to Store Homemade Soup

    Any of your leftover Chicken Noodle Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This recipe makes a large amount of soup and is great for using leftovers as other meals, perfect for meal planning. 

    Can You Freeze This Soup

    You sure can freeze this Homemade Chicken Soup recipe. As I said, this soup makes a ton and is great for leftovers, so why not freeze those leftovers to last even longer. 

    Simply, let your homemade soup cool completely before placing it in a ziplock bag and laying flat in the freezer to freeze flatly. Be sure to leave a little room in the bag for expansion. Storing your soup in a freezer safe bag and laying it flat helps save storage in your freezer! 

    To thaw your soup, all you have to do is remove it from the freezer and put it in the fridge. I prefer to do this overnight so it has plenty of time to thaw. 

    To reheat your Chicken Soup, just dump it in a sauce pan and reheat it right on the stovetop just how you made it the first time around. You can also reheat leftover soup in the microwave. I recommend microwaving in intervals so you can stir it up as it reheats.

    soup bowl with a spoon in it filled with chicken noodle soup

    What Other Herbs Can You Add In 

    If you’re looking to add some other delicious flavors to your Chicken Soup, here are some of my favorite ideas to toss in the soup pot:

    • More thyme
    • Parsley
    • Bay leavesOregano
    • Italian Seasoning
    • White Pepper (if looking for more heat)
    • Poultry Seasoning
    • Rosemary
    • More garlic (never a bad idea) 

    What Noodles Can You Use In This Homemade Soup

    You can use whatever noodles you prefer in this soup. There really is no right or wrong option. This is a great way to put your personal touch on this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. Here are some great ideas to choose from:

    • Rotini
    • Angel hair spaghetti
    • Penne
    • Macaroni
    • Wide egg noodles (a nice light option)
    • Ditalini 
    close up of a bowl of chicken noodle soup

    Other Soup Recipes To Try

    If this post got you in a soup mood and you’re looking for some more homemade delicious soup recipes to try, here are a few more to check out:

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    5 from 3 votes

    Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
    There's no cozier soup! Packed with celery, carrots, onions, garlic, tender chicken, and yummy thyme for a simple, but perfect soup recipe.


    • 3 stalks celery chopped
    • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
    • 1 sweet onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 8 cups chicken broth
    • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or chopped
    • 1 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 2 cups noodles of your choice uncooked
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • Add all ingredients except the noodles to a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for an hour.
    • Add in noodles and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Soups
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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    1. Kim Buckley says:

      I love Chicken Noodle soup in the crockpot. We had it tonight, it’s comfort food on a cold damp night.

    2. Debbie White Beattie says:

      I love soup and chicken noodle is a necessity for cold and flu season and yours sounds delicious

    3. Is it a white onion,or yellow?

    4. I have made this Chicken noodle soup many times now. In crock pot and on the stove. It’s my boyfriends favorite soup. I use 2 cartons of Thai Chicken Broth it’s delicious. I also reserve some of this broth to cook the pasta noodles. 

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