Chicken noodle soup is one of the most classic comfort foods out there. It’s healthy, satisfying, and comforting; It requires simple ingredients, it’s easy to make, and it doesn’t take time too.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic soup that is hard to beat. It’s warm, hearty, and delicious.
It’s an easy-to-make soup that combines chicken, vegetables, and pasta in a delicious broth. The ingredients are simple, and the dish is easy to customize with your favorite herbs and spices.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty dinner option or a light lunch, this soup is a perfect choice. Enjoy it hot with a side of crusty bread for dipping!
A Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup when sick
Delicious homemade chicken noodle soup is one of the most comforting foods around. With plenty of juicy chunks of chicken, noodles, and lots of veggies all in one pot.
This soup is a great choice when you’re feeling under the weather. The combination of chicken, broth, and vegetables helps to nourish your body and provide energy, you can’t go wrong with this soup during cold and flu season.
Besides the comforting and therapeutic richness of Chicken Noodle Soup, it is also a nutrient-dense meal. These two facts totally sell this meal and make it a family favorite. Additionally, this flavorful soup recipe is a sure pick-me-up when you are a bit under the weather.
Looking to try other comforting and hearty homemade soups? Check out these recipes — Comforting, Homemade Chicken And Rice Soup recipe, African Pepper Soup – Goat Meat, Easy African Chicken Peanut Soup recipe, and Simple African Chicken Pepper Soup.
What goes in Chicken Noodle Soup
The soup typically consists of chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and broth, as well as pasta.
What noodles for Chicken Noodle Soup
Any type of small pasta or noodle can be used in this soup. Some of the most common options include egg noodles, orzo, ditalini, and rotini.
Ingredients for making Chicken Noodle Soup
- Butter or olive oil: To sauté the vegetables
- Vegetables: Carrots, Celery, Garlic, and Onions
- Chicken Broth: perfect for flavors
- Chicken Bouillon powder or chicken base: This helps to enhance the flavor of the soup. my favorite is the bouillon powder, but the bouillon base will work just as well.
- Herbs and Spices: Bay leaves, Thyme, Dried Oregano, Fresh Parsley for garnish
- Chicken Thighs: I like to use chicken thighs because it has more flavor, but chicken breast can also be used.
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pasta of choice
How To Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Start by sautéing some onions and carrots in a pot with some oil.
- Once the vegetables are softened, add some minced garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add chicken broth and seasonings.
- Add the chicken and bring to a simmer until the chicken is fully cooked
- Remove chicken from broth, and shred
- Finally, add the noodles and the shredded chicken and let them cook until the noodles become tender.
- Once everything is cooked, add some freshly chopped parsley, season with salt and pepper to taste (if necessary), and enjoy your delicious homemade chicken noodle soup!
What to serve with Chicken Noodle Soup
Consider adding a side of a crusty bread loaf or warm loaf You can also add a side of salad or steamed vegetables. Crackers are also a great accompaniment to the soup. You can even sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
How to freeze Chicken Noodle Soup
Freezing is a great way to store extra servings. To freeze, let the soup cool and then spoon it into airtight containers or freezer bags. Make sure to not fill the containers all the way full to leave room for expansion. Label and date the containers, and then place them in the freezer. When ready to eat, move the soup from the freezer to the fridge to thaw overnight.
Frequently asked questions:
Why is Chicken Noodle Soup good for you?
Chicken noodle soup is packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein, making it a healthy and nutritious meal.
What spices go in chicken noodle soup?
Common spices used in this soup include parsley, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and celery seed. You can also add a pinch of paprika for extra flavor.
How long does Chicken Noodle Soup last in the fridge?
It will last for up to four days in the refrigerator when stored in a sealed container. It’s best to eat the soup within this time frame to ensure its quality and taste.
Can frozen chicken be used?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken to make your chicken Noodle Soup if that is what you have. However, we recommend that you use fresh chicken for better and enhanced flavors. Additionally, fresh chicken works better because it tenderizes easily and does not require thawing.
Do you cook the noodles before adding them to chicken noodle soup?
To prevent soggy noodles in your chicken noodle soup, it is better to add your noodles to the soup when it is nearly finished, this way, your noodles will cook together with the broth. Cooking the noodles ahead can make the noodles too soggy by the time everything is put together, and we don’t want that.
Variations and substitutions
Chicken Stock/Broth: You can use Chicken Bouillon cubes as a substitute for chicken broth. Put the cubes in hot water and let them dissolve. These cubes taste just like broth and will work just as well. Make sure to check the salt content of your meal after adding this in order to be careful about the amount of salt to use.
What’s more? Water is a good, old substitute for broth. Add as much as you need however, remember to go hard on the herbs, spices, seasoning, and vegetables to make up for the flavor that would have been gotten from the Chicken broth.
White wine is a great Chicken broth accompaniment. We call it an accompaniment because this can be added when you have a small amount of chicken broth for your flavorful Chicken Noodle Soup. Not only does it add some flavor to your meal, but it also gives it a rich and zesty taste.
Chicken thighs: For this recipe, we recommend using Chicken thighs as they are the best for a hearty homemade chicken noodle soup. They just add a lot more flavor to your soup however you can use chicken breasts in place of chicken thighs if that’s what you have.
Chicken Noodle Soup can last in the fridge for a period of 2-4 days, so just make sure to store it in an airtight container. Consume the rest of the dish as soon as possible for fresh quality and taste.
Thinking of keeping it in the freezer for a long period of time? You can do that. Make sure your Chicken Noodle Soup cools down before storing it in the freezer. You can store it in the freezer for about 2-3 months however, we advise that you undercook your noodles so that it doesn’t get too soggy when reheating.
Allow the soup to thaw, then reheat in a pan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally as it cooks to allow heat to go through.
Other Chicken Recipes To Try
- Comforting, Homemade Chicken And Rice Soup recipe
- Easy African Chicken Peanut Soup recipe
- Simple African Chicken Pepper Soup.
- Chicken Fricassee
- Lemon Chicken Piccata
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken
- Marry Me Chicken
- Creamy Mushroom Chicken
Flavorful Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
- 1 onion large size [chopped]
- 2 carrots large size [chopped]
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 8 cups chicken stock or broth low sodium or use homemade stock
- 2 teaspoons bouillon powder Better than bouillon chicken base
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano dried
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1½ pound skinless boneless chicken thighs (4 or 5 thighs)
- 5 ounces rotini or pasta of choice
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped – for garnish
- Heat the butter/oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, and add onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté for 7 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften—stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds while stirring so to prevent the garlic from burning.
- Add the chicken stock, bouillon, bay leaves, thyme, and oregano. season with salt and pepper as needed, and bring to a low simmer.
- Add the chicken to the broth, cover with a fitting lid, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cooked through about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and into strips or dice into cubes.
- Stir the shredded chicken and noodles into the soup, then let it simmer just until the noodles are al dente (about 6 to 8 minutes).
- Add more salt and pepper if needed, then stir in the parsley. Serve immediately.
- Chicken Noodle Soup can last in the fridge for a period of 2-4 days so just make sure to store it in an airtight container. Consume the rest of the dish as soon as possible for fresh quality and taste.
- To reheat, allow the Chicken Noodle Soup to thaw then reheat in a pan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally as it cooks to allow heat to go through.
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