Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Easy and Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup. The secret is in the chicken thighs! @natashaskitchen

My sister Anna was so nice to bring us some chicken noodle soup after the baby was born. It was delicious and when I asked her about the recipe, she said the secret is in using chicken thighs.

It’s also super simple to make – no need to trim the chicken ahead of time since the fat comes off easily after it’s boiled. This soup is exactly what I imagine when I think of chicken noodle soup – super flavorful, loaded with chicken and tender noodles.

It’s comfort in a bowl my friends. It’s also kid friendly. My son and all his cousins love it! Thanks Anna for sharing this simple and delicious chicken soup recipe with us. It’s going on the regular rotation at our house.

Easy and Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup. The secret is in the chicken thighs! @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for Easy Chicken Noodle Soup:

3-4 chicken thighs, skins removed (bone-in or boneless), untrimmed
5 cups Chicken broth (we used low sodium)
10 cups water
Olive Oil to sauté veggies (do not use butter)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, (2 carrots grated, 1 carrot sliced into thin rings)
2 medium celery sticks, finely chopped (or thinly sliced if you prefer)
1/2 lb spiral pasta such as rotini
3 Tbsp fresh or frozen dill
1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning)
Salt to taste (we use sea salt)

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Cook’s Tip: Have all of your ingredients prepped before you fire up your stove (chop your onions, grate & slice your carrots, chop your celery).

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How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup:

1. In a large soup pot, combine 10 cups water with 5 cups chicken broth and 1 Tbsp sea salt. Bring to a boil then add chicken thighs and boil uncovered or partially covered 20 min (don’t completely cover or water will be murky). Skim off any impurities that rise to the top. While chicken is cooking, continue to step 2.

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2. In a large skillet saute onion in 2 Tbsp olive oil (not butter – it clumps in the soup when refrigerated) over medium heat until golden then increase heat to med/high and add grated carrots, chopped celery sticks and more oil as needed. Saute, stirring often until soft and golden brown then add to the soup pot.

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3. Add 1/2 lb pasta and sliced carrots to the soup pot and continue cooking for 15 min at a low boil or until pasta is at desired softness (I love super-soft, overcooked pasta in soups).

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4. While pasta is cooking, remove chicken thighs from the pot and use either forks or your hands to shred the chicken, discarding any bones and fat which should come off easily. Return shredded chicken to the pot.

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5. Season soup with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and more salt to taste if needed. Finally add 3 Tbsp dill and remove from heat. Enjoy!

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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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My sister Anna's secret to chicken noodle soup is in using chicken thighs. This soup is exactly what I imagine when I think of chicken noodle soup.
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Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost To Make: $9-$12
Serving: 8-10 bowls

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken thighs, skins removed (bone-in or boneless), untrimmed
  • 5 cups Chicken broth (we used low sodium)
  • 10 cups water
  • Olive Oil to sauté veggies (do not use butter)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, (2 carrots grated, 1 carrot sliced into thin rings)
  • 2 medium celery sticks, finely chopped (or thinly sliced if you prefer)
  • ½ lb spiral pasta such as rotini
  • 3 Tbsp fresh or frozen dill
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning)
  • Salt to taste (we used sea salt)

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, combine 10 cups water with 5 cups chicken broth and 1 Tbsp sea salt. Bring to a boil then add chicken thighs and boil uncovered or partially covered 20 min (don't completely cover or water will be murky). Skim off any impurities that rise to the top. While chicken is cooking, continue to step 2.
  2. Saute onion in 2 Tbsp olive oil (not butter - it clumps in the soup when refrigerated) over medium heat until golden then increase heat to med/high and add grated carrots, chopped celery sticks and more oil as needed. Saute, stirring often until soft and golden brown then add to the soup pot.
  3. Add ½ lb pasta and sliced carrots to the soup pot and continue cooking for 15 min at a low boil or until pasta is at desired softness (I love super-soft, overcooked pasta in soups).
  4. While pasta is cooking, remove chicken thighs from the pot and use either forks or your hands to shred the chicken, discarding any bones and fat which should come off easily. Return shredded chicken to the pot.
  5. Season soup with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and more salt to taste if needed. Finally add 3 Tbsp dill and remove from heat. Enjoy!

Notes

Cook's Tip:
Have all of your ingredients prepped before you fire up your stove (chop your onions, grate & slice your carrots, chop your celery).

 

Easy and Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup. The secret is in the chicken thighs! @natashaskitchen

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  • Tami
    December 7, 2017

    Can you use chicken breast too?? If so..how? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 7, 2017

      Hi Tami, chicken breast isn’t quite as tender as chicken thighs. If you can get your hands on chicken tenders that would work better but you can make chicken breast work. With chicken breast, it would be better to cook longer (30 minutes or more) Reply

  • Chinoz
    December 2, 2017

    No need to go to Panera for chicken noodle ! ,This soup was amazing .I didn’t have dill so l used dried parsley instead . Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2017

      Chinoz, thank you for the nice review and you are very welcome 😬 Reply

  • Joaquin
    November 30, 2017

    Just made the soup, so easy and sooo good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 30, 2017

      I’m glad you like it! Thanks for sharing Joaquin! Reply

  • J. R. F.
    October 15, 2017

    I made this for my two kids who are picky about soup. They both loved it! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 15, 2017

      Yes!! I’m glad to hear this recipe is “picky eater” approved! Thanks for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

  • K. Torres
    September 27, 2017

    Just made this for the 1st time and I’m in love! Was a little leery of the dill because I’m not much of a cook and couldn’t understand the whole dill thing but I like it.
    I LOVE your recipes! They are scrumptious and so easy. THANK YOU! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 27, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear how much you are enjoying the recipes! Thanks for following and sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Emily
    September 27, 2017

    I absolutely love this recipe! Ive made it several times. Its my go to soup recipe when anyone in my family is sick. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 27, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that Emily! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

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