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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is a comforting and classic recipe that is easy to make on the stove top using leftover or rotisserie chicken! This soup is not only delicious but also customizable by adding your family’s favorite vegetables.

For even more delicious chicken soups the whole family will love, check out these recipes too! Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken and Rice Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.

A bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup with carrots and parsley.

There is just something so soothing and special about eating chicken soup when you are sick, or when looking to warm up on cold nights. It is not difficult to make, and definitely worth the effort! I made my own Homemade Chicken Stock as well, but store bought works just as well.

This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is so versatile, that you could use different shaped pasta, different herbs, and even rotisserie chicken for a super simple meal.

A bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup with carrots and parsley with a spoon resting on the bowl.


  • Olive oil
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sweet Vidalia onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Homemade stock – or good quality store-bought broth
  • Leftover Chicken – shredded rotisserie chicken works great
  • Wide egg noodles
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Italian parsley – to garnish 

Check out the printable recipe card below for the complete recipe and detailed instructions.

How to make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Add the carrots, onion, and celery and sauté until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.

Chopped celery, carrots, and onions in a large pot.

Add the minced garlic and cook for one additional minute.

Minced garlic added to the chopped vegetables.

Add the chicken broth, shredded chicken pieces, noodles, thyme, and basil.

Noodles, herbs, chicken stock, and cooked chicken in a large pot.

I wasn’t paying attention and added too many noodles. You want half as many as you see above.

Bring to a boil then simmer until the noodles are cooked and the vegetables are fork tender, about 10 minutes.

Ladle hot soup into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve with saltine crackers or buttermilk biscuits, and a tossed green salad for a complete meal.

A bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup with spoon in the center.

See how simple that was, and it only took about 35 to 40 minutes to make!


How do I store leftover chicken noodle soup?

​Store cooled, leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you want to store it for a longer period, consider freezing it.

Can I freeze chicken noodle soup?

Yes, you can. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

What if I don’t have homemade chicken broth?

Store-bought chicken broth, stock, or chicken bone broth (for best flavor) is a convenient alternative. You can also use water, but the broth adds a rich flavor to the soup.

Can I use different types of noodles?

Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite type of pasta or noodles. You can use anything from traditional egg noodles, whole wheat pasta or gluten-free, just make sure to follow the package directions for cooking times.

How can I make the soup more flavorful?

Add fresh herbs rosemary and thyme, a couple of bay leaves, or chicken bouillon for extra flavor. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a splash of apple cider vinegar will brighten the flavors and add a pop to this rich soup.

Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare soup as directed excluding the noodles. Add cooked noodles when reheating the soup to prevent them from becoming mushy.

Can I add more vegetables to the soup?

You bet! This chicken noodle soup recipe is very versatile, and you can add vegetables like peas, spinach, kale, or diced tomatoes for extra nutrition and flavor.

How can I make the soup thicker?

If you prefer a thicker broth, you can mix a small amount of flour or cornstarch with water and stir it into the soup. Allow it to simmer for a few more minutes until it reaches your desired consistency.

Can I make chicken noodle soup in a slow cooker or Instant Pot?

Place all ingredients except for the cooked chicken and noodles in the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Add the noodles and shredded chicken and continue to cook on high for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked al dente – they will continue to cook in the hot soup.
You can make this soup in a pressure cooker, but the directions are far too long to list. I will make a separate post in the near future.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is an easy and healthy recipe that uses leftover or rotisserie chicken! This delicious dinner is the perfect way to sneak in extra veggies into your diet.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, noodles, pasta, soup, healthy, vegetables, recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken stock homemade or high-quality store-bought
  • 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded – leftover or rotisserie works great
  • 3 cups wide-egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • fresh Italian parsley to garnish


  • Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until almost tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute.
  • Add the chicken broth, chicken, herbs, and noodles. Bring to a boil.
  • Simmer soup until noodles are cooked, about 10 minutes
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with crackers.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4116IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. This looks amazing- there is nothing more comforting than Chicken Soup!

    I stopped by from Inspiration Monday.

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