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A white soup bowl filled with chicken noodle soup sitting on a dinner plate with a soup spoon tucked in the side and toasted bread slices nearby.

Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Soup
Keyword: chicken noodle soup from scratch, how to make homemade chicken noodle soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Roast the Chicken: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 315kcal
This Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is the ultimate in comfort. Make the stock and roast the chicken a day before and then it comes together very easily the next day. This freezes beautifully, too. Nothing much better than homemade chicken noodle soup. Yum!
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  • 1 6 to 8 qt pot or Dutch oven


For the Roast Chicken

  • 3 lb chicken breast skin-on, bone-in
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the Soup

  • 10 cups chicken broth preferably homemade
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup carrot sliced, about 3 medium carrots
  • 3 celery ribs sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon about 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 cups egg noodles dried


Roast the Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Rub the olive oil all over the chicken. Liberally salt and pepper. Place on a rack on a baking pan. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes, or until an internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and discard. Carefully pull the meat from the bones and roughly cut it into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Make the Soup

  • Heat the stock in a large pot over medium heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and thyme and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked chicken and the cooked vegetables to the simmering broth.
  • Add the lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and the parsley, leaving some left for garnish.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the egg noodles and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Garnish with extra chopped parsley, if desired.


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The homemade broth is really what makes the soup extra special.  However, you can simplify the process by simmering skinless, boneless chicken breast in water for about 30 minutes until fully cooked.  You'll have cooked chicken and a decent chicken broth.  Better than the canned variety!
The broth can be made up to 5 days in advance.  We often make a double batch of broth and freeze until we're ready to make soup again.  The roasted chicken can be prepared up to 3 days in advance.
The soup will keep covered in the fridge for up to 6 days and freezes beautifully for up to 2 months. 


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1289mg | Potassium: 979mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3030IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg