Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This easy homemade chicken noodle soup is absolutely soul warming, cure-you-from-illness chicken noodle soup. So good and good for you!

Last week everyone in the house had colds but me. I bragged about how “I really think it has to do with me working at a hospital. I’m like super immune or something.

And as if working in an ER with a bunch of sick patients all around isn’t enough to make ya wish you walked around in a bubble, being at home… completely surrounded by sickness might be worse. AND I can only handle hearing so much sniffling and complaining before I wanna scream. So for dinner I made us all grilled cheese sandwiches and a big pot of chicken noodle soup and guess what… everyone’s better!

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But me.

After all the kiss-dodging, hand washing and Lysol spraying I still caught their colds. And now I’m sitting here with chapped lips, a wadded up tissue stuck up my left nostril and breathing through my mouth. Pretty glamorous huh? Yeah-not. {I am, however drinking a delicious glass of Cabernet! *winning!*}

Start by roasting a chicken or if  you’re short on time, use a rotisserie chicken. Next, pluck all the white and dark meat off of the bones.

Then throw the shredded chicken into a measuring cup (or bowl) and stick it in the fridge for later, saving the carcass to use in making the stock.

For the stock you’ll need to prep some veggies. One carrot, one celery stalk and one small onion.

Meanwhile; throw the chicken carcass into a large pot that has a tablespoon of oil in it and has been heating over medium high heat until slightly browned, 8 or so minutes.

Throw in the chopped parsley, thyme and prepped veggies. Then just toss it around.

Pour in the 12 cups of filtered water and scrape any brown bits that are on the bottom of the pan.

Drop in a bay leaf…

And a half teaspoon or so of whole black pepper corns.

Bring up to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and keep a lid on it for 1-2 hours.

When the time is up, drain and discard all those nasty bits catching the broth into a clean pot or Dutch oven.

LOOK! You should now have a giant pot of stock.

For the soup you will need one small diced onion, two carrots and two celerystalks. All diced up the same size.

Fresh thyme, minced.

And the only noodles that are meant for chicken noodle soup. Kluski. You’ll want 2 cups.

Add in the fresh chopped thyme…

Kosher salt…

Black pepper…

And 4 packets of flavor boosting liquid bouillon. I’m lucky to find these natural ones at my grocery store, they don’t make it overly salty… and they really boost up the flavor.

In a separate pot, I brought some water up to boil. Seasoned it with a generous amount of sea salt, and then threw in the noodles. I cooked them as directed on the package which was about 7 minutes.

Once the vegetables are tender, I added in the two cups of shredded chicken.

Then the drained noodles.


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And poof. Soup.

The BEST easy homemade chicken noodle soup!

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So you probably thinking: um Laur, don’t you already have a chicken noodle soup recipe on here? I do-I do! But this Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is so much better. That soup was so three years ago, and I’m a little more experienced in the kitchen. Yeah. So I took that old ditty, and flipped the switch and made it more scratch-y.

This bowl of goodness is just what ya need when you are chapped, stuffy, achy and in need of a hot and hearty bowl of soup to sooth your soul. Now who wants to come over and make me some? Becud I kent breeve.


Enjoy! And if you give this Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Soul warming, homemade chicken noodle soup.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes



  • 1 roasted chicken (or rotisserie)
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 12 cups filtered water


  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium celery Stalks, washed and sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 Packets of all natural liquid stock concentrate
  • 2 cups light and dark shredded chicken
  • 1 to 2 cups kluski noodles
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt


  1. Start by pulling the white and dark meat away from the bones. Place the shredded chicken in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until later.
  2. In a large stock pot with the heat on medium-high, add in the chicken carcass and brown for 8 minutes or so.
  3. Then throw in the roughly chopped carrot, celery, onion, parsley, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns. Pour in 12 cups of filtered water and scrape up any browned bits that are on the bottom of the pot. Cover and bring up to a simmer (not boiling) with the lid on, for one hour and thirty minutes.
  4. After the hour and a half is up; drain the stock through a strainer into another large pot or Dutch oven. Discard the remaining bones/vegetables.
  5. Bring the stock back up to a simmer and add in the two diced carrots, celery and onions. Add in the teaspoon of kosher salt, the half teaspoon of black pepper and the chopped thyme. Let simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Meanwhile bring a smaller pot of water to boil. Season with sea salt and drop in the noodles. Cook according to package directions. Drain and then add into soup along with the shredded chicken and stock concentrate.
  7. Stir and simmer until chicken is warmed through.
  8. Serve with oyster crackers and more black pepper if desired.

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61 Responses to “Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. #
    Antonia @ Health Inspirations — October 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Laurie, I hope you feel better soon!!!
    I’ve been sick for the last 2 weeks and made 3 batches of chicken noodle soup already. It’s better than any medicine. My mom used to make it for us whenever we got sick and I swear it has healing properties!

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      My mom did too… and I totally agree!

  2. #
    Kathryn — October 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. I think I’m coming down with something so I might go home and make industrial quantities of chicken noodle soup…

  3. #
    Rina@Itheecook — October 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Chicken soup is the best. Hope you are feeling better!

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      Thanks Rina!

  4. #
    Pretend Chef — October 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. I need to make a batch of this while I’m not sick and freeze it. Homemade chicken soup is the best treatment I know.

  5. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Isn’t it funny how we’ll keep recreating older recipes as we continue this journey? I haven’t had homemade chicken noodle soup in far too long.

  6. #
    Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — October 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Oh this looks heavenly. I have a sore throat myself and I think that would just do the trick!

    Ps. Are you going to the Daily Buzz Food Fest this weekend? If so, we should totally meet up!

  7. #
    Taylor — October 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Come to mama!!

  8. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I needed a big bowl of this a couple days ago when the weather changed and the snotty noses kicked in!

  9. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    You will definitely be getting a call when I don’t feel good!

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 1:13 am

      Deal šŸ™‚

  10. #
    Cathy — October 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    This looks so comforting… I bookmarked this for the next cold I get! Thank you!

  11. #
    Jean — October 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I love chicken noodle soup and this looks so easy!!

  12. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I feel warm & cozy just looking at this soup!

  13. #
    Bama Girl — October 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Laurie! Sorry you “kent breeve”! Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Sounds delish! Blessings from Bama!

  14. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I could’ve used a HUGE batch of this last week when I wasn’t feeling well Laurie!! I hope YOU feel better soon Laurie. Keep your chin up!

  15. #
    Cassie — October 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup is the BEST! Hope everyone is on the mend!

  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Feel better! And I always need a nice bowl of soothing chicken noodle soup – even when I’m not sick! I also love that this is made with homemade chicken stock!

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 1:14 am

      Thank you Chung-Ah!

  17. #
    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — October 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    When I’m sick the only things that I want to eat are grilled cheese, soup, and oatmeal.
    Being sick is so blaaaah, so I hope y’all feel better soon!

  18. #
    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — October 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Chicken soup is my favorite way to feel better when I’m sick or just feeling down. I love my mom’s recipe for nostaligic reasons but yours sure does look wonderful.

  19. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    ahh, being sick sucks – i hope you feel better. i love homemade chicken noodle soup when i’m sick – it seriously does make you feel so good and warm and comforts you! jason makes me his signature chicken noodle all the time when i’m sick – i don’t know why i haven’t shared the recipe yet haha

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 1:15 am

      Thanks Julie! Ohhh and please do share!

  20. #
    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — October 18, 2012 at 12:37 am

    You have better been over this sickness when we had our blog chats the other night. I’m not down with the sniffles! šŸ˜‰ Looks awesome. Feel free to bring me some Friday because I’m sure your germs will have attacked my perfectly healthy “hospital” immunity by then. šŸ˜‰
    All jokes aside. Hope you’re feelin better.

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 1:04 am

      I was just starting with a sore throat that night… then it got worse on Tuesday! šŸ™ I did enjoy our chat though šŸ˜€

  21. #
    aptamil — October 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Chicken soup is called sopas in some parts of the Philippines.

    I remember not feeling well back then when I was there and a friend cooked sopas for me (chicken soup with macaroni cubes and a lot of other local ingredients) and after taking it I almost got my strength back immediately.

    There is really something in chicken soups that it makes us recover immediately from sickness. šŸ™‚

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 1:16 am

      I pretty positive it’s in the bones { I know gross huh?} but it’s magical!

  22. #
    Nicole @ Lapetitebaker — October 18, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Cold’s are awful, I hope you feel better. I’m pretty sure with this soup though you will make a speedy recovery in no time. Chicken noodle soup cures the soul.

  23. #
    Muna Kenny — October 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Wonderful chicken soup, adding noodles just made it heavenly šŸ™‚

  24. #
    Keisha — October 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I hope you feel better soon! Grilled cheese and soup is like my ultimate go to comfort meal even when im not sick. This soup soo good and I have only recently discovered the amazingness that is those liquid flavor boosters.

  25. #
    Foodiewife — October 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    It sucks working in a petri dish. I work at a school, and kids are always handing me their cellphones, to talk to their parents. Yikes! I wash my hands a lot. My family just got over colds, and so far, I’m unscathed. I say that with caution though. I just made chicken soup, and smiled that we make ours the same. I’ve not seen those noodles, before, so I need to keep my eyes open for them. It’s a minor thing, but I found that making chicken soup in a pasta pot makes things easier. I can just lift out the liner and I have stock! I always roast my chicken, too, because I think it gives more depth of flavor. Nicely done. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  26. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. This soup is perfect for fall, and feeling better!

  27. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — October 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    There’s nothing better than a good bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup when you have a cold! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

  28. #
    ChiHa — October 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I just found your blog and love it! I hope you feel better soon! I know what you mean about the immunity, I work at a hospital too and I always get this cocky, ain’t gonna happen to me attitude when cold season rolls around. This soup looks fantastic though.

  29. #
    Haley C — October 25, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I love it! I’m around sick people all the time at the hospital I work at, and I usually only get sick when my fiance is ill. What’s up with that? I feel you on the clean bubble. I come home from work every night and take a scalding hot shower to kill the germs of the hospital off my body. I hate how nasty I feel from a 12 shift on the orthopedic floor, I can’t imagine how you feel in the ER!

  30. #
    Deana — October 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I am actually making this today! Yum! I was just curious however, if you thought it might freeze well? I just wasn’t sure because of the noodles.
    Thinking this would be something great to have on hand during the winter months. šŸ™‚

    • simplyscratch replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

      Hi Deana! I would probably freeze before adding the noodles. And just make fresh ones on the day you reheat the soup. Hope this helps!:)

  31. #
    Deana — October 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    It does, thank you! šŸ™‚

  32. #
    dvaaunaturel — November 3, 2012 at 12:09 am

    This soup is awesome! I actually enjoyed it more than your other chicken noodle soup. It is so flavorful and was so easy to make. I am 7 mos pregnant and my baby loves it too. He was kicking both times I ate some. Another winner. Thanks Laurie.

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 3rd, 2012 @ 4:00 am

      That’s what I thought.. the other one was too bland! Glad you and baby liked it šŸ™‚

  33. #
    Brilliant, as usual!! — November 5, 2012 at 5:04 am

    I love reading everything you write!! So well said and so well done!!

    Thanks Laurie!!

  34. #
    Amy — December 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Out of all the “homemade” chicken noodle soup I’ve perused, yours is by far the best. Canned broth and chunked breast the other recipes call for ain’t gonna cut it! And by using kluski, you are my instant hero. *hint- I always add a splash of a good dry white wine. Kudos to you!!!!!

  35. #
    Shelley — January 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks so much..the sick hubby loved it! Great,rustic flavors..perfect and so simple!

  36. #
    jaynie — March 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

    its snowing here in East tenn today so making this with a pan of Cornbread for dinner tonight, have made before and it is great, very healing and wonderful on a cold day..Thank you for sharing..

  37. #
    Nicole — August 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I used this recipe to make soup for my sick honey… It’s amazingly delicious! Also very easy for those of us who haven’t the time or patience to roast our own chicken 0.0 – thank you for sharing this! I will say that I added a teaspoon of turmeric to the stockpot and it imparted a lovely golden color to the resulting soup. šŸ™‚

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 10:42 am

      Thanks Nicole! I’ll have to try that next time! Thanks for stopping by!

  38. #
    alycia paris anderson — December 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I must say even though it is not fully cooked yet, the family has already taste tested and given two thumbs up. Only way that I modified the recipe was I added Okra. I’m super excited and cannot wait till its finished.when you have to sick children and you are sick yourself as well as a sick husband you are desperate for homemade chicken noodle soup. I love the part that you are essentially Frying the carcass for the purposes of broth. Super excited cannot wait. Thanks for your time and I hope you’re better by now.

  39. #
    Paul Charlebois — February 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Superb recipe!


  40. #
    Jessica — March 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks bunches for this recipe! It was very tasty and just what this sick teacher needed!

  41. #
    Alyssa — August 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Can’t wait to make this! I couldn’t find liquid stock though. What else would you suggest?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 18th, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

      I would recommend just using two boullion cubes šŸ™‚

  42. #
    sue — August 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    My only problem is I specifically went to this website and this recipe for a from scratch recipe. This recipe is not from scratch. Not at all. You didn’t cook your own chicken, you added flavoring packets to your broth instead of just making a good one from scratch to start with. Disappointing that I went here and was mislead. You should just call your recipes simple not from scratch. Not cool.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 26th, 2014 @ 8:37 am

      Hi Sue! While I respect your opinion about this soup I kindly have to disagree. From scratch means different things to different people. I for one do my best to cook 100% from scratch whenever possible. However sometimes life gets in the way (hence this post being about my whole family being sick) and not everyone can nor wants to roast their own chicken in order to make soup (although I think it’s fantastic!). Typically I just use leftover chicken from a previous dinner and as I stated in the post I didn’t have any, so I just improvised with what I could to use as leftover chicken. But by all means go for it and roast away :). As for your comment on the broth; since that post went live a few years ago I’ve doubled the veggies and some of the herbs and stopped adding the bouillon. Either way I don’t feel that all natural liquid bouillon deems a soup un-scratch worthy, not at all. And I also don’t feel as if I’m misleading anyone, the recipes on my blog are simple… and from scratch to whatever degree I feel that works best. But as I said earlier “from scratch” means different things to everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

  43. #
    Mandy — September 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    This was phenomenal! I used a rotisserie chicken and made the stock ahead of time, then put the soup together after work one night. My husband said it’s the best chicken noodle soup he’s ever had. šŸ™‚

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 12th, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

      I’m so glad Mandy! šŸ™‚

  44. #
    Lauren — September 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe!! Although I add my own touch to it, no real change, but it is a clean, refreshing, warm, yummy, (I could keep going…) best chicken soup recipe by far. Thank you!!
    I do wonder though… Why does every recipe (of any soup with noodles) tell you to cook them before adding? I just throw the uncooked noodles in, let the post simmer for another ten mins and it is done, easy. Just curious to know if there is a reason for it?

  45. #
    Nancy — October 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Just put together chicken noodle soup without baking the chicke

  46. #
    Tracy — March 2, 2015 at 1:25 am

    No need to be sick for this one.
    It is a great soup for anytime with rich flavor. Thanks again for a good and quick recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 3rd, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it Tracy!

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