Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
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Feeling under the weather? Nothing beats a hot bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup to make you feel better!
This old-fashioned soul food classic is guaranteed to warm your heart and is so simple that even someone without culinary experience can whip up a pot in no time.
Whether you’re trying to impress your guests or just want some comfort food for yourself, look no further than this timeless recipe for homestyle chicken noodle soup – easy and delicious!
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What type of noodles is best for the soup?
We prefer the texture and flavor of egg noodles. It’s also fine to use spaghetti noodles or your favorite homemade noodles.
What other spices or herbs can be added to the soup?
We use bay leaves and parsley as a garnish for this soup. However, you can add in all your favorites. Garlic powder, onion powder, poultry seasoning, and chopped oregano are a few options to try.
What type of chicken broth should be used for the soup?
Any variety of chicken broth will work. You may need to add a little more salt to taste if you use low-sodium chicken broth.
What vegetables can be added to the soup?
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup Variations
- One easy way to add some variety is to swap out the chicken for another protein – try using cubed beef or turkey instead.
- For an Asian twist on this homestyle chicken noodle soup, try adding some soba noodles and miso paste along with your chicken and vegetables.
- To change up the flavor even more, throw in some red curry paste for a spicy kick.
- Olive oil
- Rotisserie chicken, shredded
- Medium yellow onions, diced
- Chicken broth
- Kosher salt
- Bay leaves
- bag of baby carrots
- Medium rib celery, chopped into ¼ in cuts
- Minced garlic
- Dried thyme
- Egg Noodles
- Fresh Parsley for garnish
How to make Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup:
Step 1. Using a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat and saute the onions and garlic until translucent
Step 2. Add in the shredded chicken
Step 3. Add in the chicken broth, baby carrots, celery, dried thyme, salt, and bay leaves.
Step 4. Cover and let simmer until the carrots and celery are tender
Step 5. Add in the egg noodles and continue to simmer until the noodles are tender
Step 6. Serve with fresh parsley and enjoy!
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Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 2 medium yellow onions, diced
- 4 C chicken broth
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 – 8 oz bag of baby carrots
- 1 medium rib celery, chopped into ¼ in cuts
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1- 8 oz bag of Egg Noodles
- Fresh Parsley for garnish
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- Using a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat and saute the onions and garlic until translucent
- Add in the shredded chicken
- Add in the chicken broth, baby carrots, celery, dried thyme, salt and bay leaves
- Cover and let simmer until the carrots and celery are tender
- Add in the egg noodles and continue to simmer until the noodles are tender
- Serve with fresh parsley and enjoy!
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How do you prepare the chicken for the soup?
You can actually use a rotisserie chicken that is already cooked. Most grocery stores with a deli sell hot, cooked rotisserie chickens for pretty cheap. If you don’t have access to pre-cooked chicken, you can cook your own and use that. Follow whatever recipe you normally use.
How long is the cooking time for the soup?
Because you are starting with pre-cooked chicken, it cooks pretty quickly. You need to simmer until the carrots and celery are fork tender, approximately 25 minutes. Then add the noodles and continue to simmer until they are done about 10-15 minutes.
Can the soup be frozen for future use?
Yes, you can freeze homestyle chicken noodle soup. Allow it to cool down all the way, then pour it into a food container or freezer bag. Remove any excess air and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.
Can the soup be cooked in a slow cooker?
Yes, add the ingredients to the slow cooker and heat on low for 5–6 hours or high for 3–4 hours. When using the slow cooker, it’s best to use chicken raw chicken breasts instead of rotisserie chicken. You will need to shred it once it’s done. This will prevent the chicken from being overcooked.
Then add your egg noodles during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
Can the noodles be cooked separately from the soup?
Yes, it’s fine to cook the noodles separately. My only caution is that when you cook the noodles in the soup, they absorb all the delicious soup flavors and will taste better. It’s entirely up to you, but we prefer to cook them in soup.
How can the soup be thickened?
The soup can be thickened by adding 1/2 cup cold water with 1/2 cup cornstarch. Stir well and slowly add to the homestyle chicken noodle soup. It will thicken as it simmers.
How can the soup be served?
Serve with some warm bread or dinner rolls, over a pile of mashed potatoes, or by itself. It also goes well with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich or a fresh salad.
Can the soup be made ahead of time?
Yes, the soup can be made and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Additionally, you can freeze it for up to 3 months, so it works well for meal planning.
Can the soup be made vegan or vegetarian?
Yes, you can leave out the chicken and swap the chicken broth to veggie broth. You could also swap the egg noodles for your favorite vegan or vegetarian noodles.
What other garnishes can be used for the soup?
- Lemon wedges
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