Classic Chicken Noodle Soup With A Twist

6 Servings
45 min

I wasn’t feeling well last week and boy was I glad I had recently made my homemade chicken noodle soup recipe.

Making enough for a meal and then some to stock the freezer can be a blessing when someone isn’t feeling well.

Nothing says love and classic comfort food like a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

bowl of classic homemade chicken noodle soup

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Classic Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

My soup recipe is very traditional chicken noodle soup.

To a large pot or dutch oven, I add homemade chicken stock, diced yellow onions, potatoes, celery, carrots, and spices.

potatoes, carrots and celery cut up for classic chicken noodle soup

Once the vegetables are cooked, I add wide egg noodles and cook until done and then I add shredded cooked chicken.

classic chicken noodle soup simmering in the stock pot
Homemade Bone Broth

While you can. use store-bought broth (and I sometimes do) You can also make homemade bone broth.

At our house, we make a whole chicken for Sunday dinner at least once a month and I don’t let anything go to waste.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is a soup made from chicken, simmered in water, usually with various other ingredients. The classic chicken soup consists of a clear chicken broth, often with pieces of chicken or vegetables; common additions are pasta, noodles, dumplings, or grains such as rice and barley.

Any leftover chicken is saved for soups, salads, or maybe a chicken pot pie.

The carcass of the chicken goes into a large pot, it gets covered with water, and to that, I add bay leaves, and fresh herbs if I have them. If not I add dried parsley, thyme, and oregano. Additionally, I add salt and pepper and a quartered medium onion.

I typically freeze the tops and ends of my celery stalks and that also gets tossed into the stock pot. You bring the water to a boil and then let it simmer. If you start it early in the day you can let it simmer, partially covered for at least 4 hours.

pot with chicken bones and fresh herbs to make chicken stock for chicken noodle soup
pot with chicken bones and fresh herbs to make chicken stock for chicken noodle soup
pot with chicken bones and fresh herbs to make chicken stock for chicken noodle soup
chicken bones cooked down for stock for homemade chicken noodle soup

For some reason, I typically don’t get it started until later in the afternoon and I’ll cook it for a couple of hours, let it cool and set the whole pot in our spare refrigerator overnight. Then finish it the next day. I found that leaving it sit overnights makes such a full-bodied broth so it’s my favorite method for homemade stock.

I know that many people will put it in their crockpots or even their instant-pot.

Once the broth is done and cooled, I strain it into a very large bowl and throw out all the bones, cooked veggies, and herbs.

Now it’s ready to be used for soup.

I also can my broth so I have it all year long in my pantry.

Add a Twist to your Chicken Soup Recipe

Soup is so versatile. You can add or take out anything that you like or don’t like.

  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Spinach
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Leeks
  • Fish Sauce for an Asian chicken noodle soup
  • Worcestershire or Soy Sauce
  • Half & Half or Coconut Milk for a Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Lemon zest for a lemon chicken soup
  • Play around with herbs – Use fresh if you have them.
  • Dumplings
  • Switch out the chicken and chicken stock with beef and beef broth
classic chicken noodle soup with tomatoes

Beyond the egg noodles

You don’t have to just use egg noodles in homemade chicken noodle soup.

  • Bow Tie Noodles
  • Soup Noodles
  • Ditalini
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Tortellini
chicken noodle soup with just noodles and carrots


  • Shredded or Grated Cheese
  • Rice Noodles
  • Soup Crackers
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
  • Avocado
chicken noodle soup with cheddar cheese, tortillas and avocado on top

What’s In My Winter Kitchen

Soup Short Cuts

  • Store Bought Broth
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Frozen Bag of Mixed Vegetables

You can have soup on the table in 20 minutes using these shortcuts and it’s so much better for you than soup from a can.

three bowls of classic chicken noodle soup
What to Have with Your Soup

The old standard of Soup and Sandwich is the first thing that comes to mind.

I also love a slice of homemade bread but you can certainly get fresh french bread from the grocery store.

Homemade sourdough bread to serve with homemade chicken noodle soup

If you’re interested in making sourdough bread. My recipe is HERE.

If you want something that is just as delicious and way less complicated, you can find my Artisan Bread Recipe HERE.


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    Classic Chicken Noodle Soup With A Twist
    Recipe details
    • 6  Servings
    • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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    • 64 oz chicken broth store bought or homemade
    • 1/2 large onion diced fine I use my Cuisinart
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1-2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 3-4 stalks of celery, peeled and diced
    • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
    • 1-2 cups egg noodles
    • 1 tbsp salt
    • 2 tsp pepper
    • 2 tsp dried thyme
    • 2 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 tsp dried parsley

    Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat and add onions, stirring with a wooden spoon until soft.
    Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil
    Add the vegetables bring back to a slow boil and cook until the vegetables are fork-tender (about 15 minutes)
    Add the noodles and cook for 7-10 minutes.
    Add the chicken and cook until heated through about 5 minutes
    • Chicken Noodle Soup is very forgiving. You can add more or less of any of the ingredients according to your taste. Honestly, I don’t really use a recipe I use what I have in my refrigerator and pantry.
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    • Laura MP Laura MP on Jan 10, 2023

      Instead of oregano, try dill weed and thyme!

    • Gregory Marquez Gregory Marquez on Jan 10, 2023

      Dont cook the noodles in with the soup unless you want or like mushy noodles

      • Cso51108026 Cso51108026 on Jan 11, 2023

        Definitely! Cook 'em on the side and add to each bowl as you serve!!! Even orzo swells and gets gross. Plus, if noodles are IN the soup, you cannot freeze; they disintegrate! It's awful!! ~Chrissie