This Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is exactly what you need on a cool day to warm you from the inside out. Filled with juicy chicken and tender noodles, this easy chicken noodle only takes about 30 minutes to make.

P.S. Our secret to seasoning the soup at the end is worth discovering.

Chicken Noodle Soup in a stock pot ready to serve in just 30 minutes

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Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. You’ll love the easy prep with this classic chicken noodle soup. There’s no need to trim the chicken ahead of time since the fat comes off easily after it’s boiled.

Chicken Noodle Soup Video Tutorial

This simple Chicken Noodle Soup is nutritious, hearty, and makes the perfect dish for busy families. My sister Anna came up with this recipe and first introduced me to it when she sent me a pot of soup after our first child was born over 10 years ago. We’ve been making it ever since and even made a Creamy Chicken Soup version!

Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients

This Chicken Noodle Soup calls for traditional ingredients and a slight twist on the seasonings.

  • Chicken: The secret to super tender chicken without crazy long cooking times is using chicken thighs! You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Thighs also provide extra flavor and don’t dry out like chicken breast does.
  • Broth: Our Homemade Chicken Broth is a delicious addition to this soup and provides a rich flavor. However, if you are in a pinch a low-sodium store-bought broth can work.
  • Vegetables: Onions and celery sauteed together provide the traditional base for chicken noodle soup flavor. Diced carrots are another traditional vegetable. You can also add any other fresh or frozen veggies you would like.
  • Seasonings: Dill and freshly-pressed garlic brighten the flavor palette and I love adding Mrs. Dash (no-salt seasoning).

Close-up of plump noodles, flavorful carrots, and moist shredded chicken in Chicken Noodle Soup

Pro Tip: When sauteing ingredients for soups, use oil in the pan instead of butter. Butter will solidify when you refrigerate the soup.

The Best Noodles for Soup

I love using nice spiral noodles or egg noodles in my chicken noodle soup. These noodles plump up nicely and make the soup feel really hearty compared to other noodle varieties. Make sure you don’t overcook your noodles, especially if storing the soup or they will get mushy.

For Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is so simple and easy to modify for different food intolerances. To make it gluten-free, just sub your favorite gluten-free noodles.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup ready to serve with dill and freshly pressed garlic

The Benefits of Homemade Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth adds rich flavor to any soup or recipe that calls for chicken stock or broth. According to Medical News Today (2023), bone broth is highly nutritious and may help reduce inflammation and improve gut health.

When you cook the homemade broth in an instant pot – you can have it ready in about 2 hours. It also makes all the difference in how good your soup tastes.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup with plump tender noodles and juicy shredded chicken thighs

How to Make Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

This easy chicken soup takes about 30 minutes to make. The SECRET to amping up the flavor happens in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Adding dill and a pressed clove of garlic is what my Mother does for nearly all of her soups and I have adopted this in my own kitchen. It is a brilliant and easy way to make your chicken soup taste fantastic!

  1. Cook the Chicken: In a large soup pot, combine water, Chicken Broth, and salt. Bring to a boil then add chicken thighs and cook uncovered 20 minutes.
  2. Saute Veggies: In a large skillet saute onion and celery in oil until golden then add to the soup pot
  3. Add Noodles and Veggies: Add 1/2 lb pasta and sliced carrots to the pot and cook 15 min at a low boil.
  4. Shred Chicken: As the pasta cooks, remove thighs from the pot and shred with forks (discarding bones and fat), then add the chicken back to the pot.
  5. Season: In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add Mrs. Dash, dill, and press in 1 garlic clove, and add salt to taste. Simmer another minute then turn off the heat.

Picture collage of making Chicken Noodle Soup: creating the broth, adding the juicy chicken thighs, sauteing celery and onions, adding sliced carrots and noodles

Storing Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup

We love making a big pot of chicken soup and enjoying it throughout the week. Keep in mind, if the soup is stored too long, the noodles will turn mushy. If storing longer than 1-2 days, it’s best to store the soup and the noodles separately and recombine right before serving.

  • Refrigerated: Cool the soup completely and store covered in the refrigerator. Once noodles are in, the soup should be enjoyed within 2 days. The soup will keep up to a week if you store the noodles separately and combine when reheated.
  • To Freeze: If you plan to freeze the soup, wait to add the noodles when you reheat the soup. Chicken soup can be frozen up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Recombine noodles and soup in a pot or microwave-safe bowl and heat to the desired temperature on the stovetop or in the microwave. If using uncooked noodles, reheat on the stove until the mixture boils and noodles are tender.

Delicious chicken noodle soup with homemade broth and crackers

More Delicious Soup Recipes:

We love soups, for the ease in preparation and their fun variety. Be sure to give some of our other popular soups a try. P.S. If you love chicken soup, our Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is a must-try!

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

4.98 from 368 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Chicken Noodle Soup in a blue pot
This easy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is exactly what you imagine when you think of homemade chicken noodle soup - soothing, warming, comforting and rich in flavor. It is loaded with juicy chicken and tender noodles.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 10 people
  • 4 chicken thighs, skins removed (bone-in or boneless)
  • 8 cups chicken broth, we used low sodium
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, to saute vegetables
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced into rings
  • 6 oz rotini pasta
  • 3 Tbsp fresh or frozen dill
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash, or your favorite salt-free seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot, combine 6 cups water with 8 cups chicken broth and 1 Tbsp sea salt. Bring to a boil then add chicken thighs and boil partially covered 20 min while you prep the vegetables, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. 
  • In a large skillet over medium/high heat, add 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté onion and celery until softened then transfer to the pot.
  • Add pasta and sliced carrots to the soup pot and continue cooking for 15 min at a low boil or until pasta is at the desired softness.
  • 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.
  • Season soup with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and more salt to taste if needed. Press in 1 garlic clove. Finally, add 3 Tbsp dill and remove from heat. Enjoy!

Nutrition Per Serving

249kcal Calories22g Carbs14g Protein12g Fat3g Saturated Fat44mg Cholesterol807mg Sodium367mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar2091IU Vitamin A2mg Vitamin C35mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
249
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
44
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
807
mg
35
%
Potassium
 
367
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
Vitamin A
 
2091
IU
42
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
35
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken noodle soup, chicken soup
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 249

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Sophie Wang
    December 6, 2023

    Tasty, and can recommend this recipe! One reminder is to 100% read the recipe amounts carefully. I had dried dill seasoning and saw the 3 tablespoons amount on the recipe, and put that amount in without thinking… The recipe called for fresh dill and not the dried form, which is more concentrate. My soup ended up having way too much dill of course. My bad!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 6, 2023

      Hi Sophie! Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Erika Yuhas
    December 6, 2023

    How would you suggest using a crockpot for this recipe? I don’t have an instant pot and need a delicious set and forget chicken soup recipe….

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 6, 2023

      Hi Erika! I have not made this in a crockpot to advise.

      Reply

  • Craig
    December 2, 2023

    The video has different amounts of broth / water than the written one?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 2, 2023

      Hi Craig, Follow the written recipe. Sometimes we make updates to the recipe but cannot edit the video since it has already been filmed.

      Reply

  • David
    November 24, 2023

    Hi Natasha! Going to give this a try. Can I use rotisserie chicken for the meat? How would you alter the recipe if using rotisserie chicken? Thank you for your great content.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2023

      Hi David, that will work. Here’s what one of my readers wrote: “have been making this soup forever, definitely my favourite.
      I do cheat and just buy a rotisserie chicken and use the chicken breast.”

      Reply

  • ttMcG
    November 9, 2023

    I’ve been using your recipe for a long time! The date says 2020 but I’m sure this was posted around ten years ago?

    I’ve got a pot on now. Thank you‼

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2023

      Hi, we occasionally republish recipes when we improve the recipe or change the photos. This is an oldie but a goodie.

      Reply

  • Ruth
    November 7, 2023

    Delicious! 3 of us are sick and I needed an easy chicken soup. I used turkey bone broth that I had in the freezer from Thanksgiving (I’m in Canada so it was just a month ago, not last year), had to make a copycat Mrs Dash, and I forgot to add the garlic but it was still delicious! I over salted a bit so it got a squeeze of lemon juice and good grating of fresh ginger to offset it but I don’t think it changed the flavour significantly. My son’s told me they prefer this to my usual chicken soup (that stung but at least they ate). Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2023

      I’m so glad that your son loved it! Thanks for sharing your experience trying our recipe, Ruth.

      Reply

  • Denise Fischer
    November 7, 2023

    This chicken soup recipe is the bomb. Best chicken soup I’ve ever made. My company raved over it Md I was so proud. Thank you Natasha for supplying such an easy recipe with such a bang to the taste buds.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 7, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Denise! I’m glad it was enjoyed!

      Reply

  • Walt
    November 3, 2023

    Terrific recipe! easy to make and tasty. Made it for my sister who is undergoing chemo treatments. She was able to enjoy it and said it was delicious. Thank you.
    I also make a bunch of your other recipes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 3, 2023

      That’s great, Walt! I’m so glad it was enjoyed.

      Reply

  • Veronica
    October 29, 2023

    I have never made one of your recipes that wasn’t super good! I love your lasagne ( the only one that ever cut nicely for me) thankyou for all your hard work.🥴👍

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 29, 2023

      Aaaw, thank you so much! That is very inspiring for me, I appreciate it.

      Reply

  • Heather
    September 13, 2023

    This recipe is horrible. Noodles turned mushy, there was zero flavor, and I have to throw the whole thing out.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 18, 2023

      Heather, it wasn’t mushy for us and we’ve made this recipe a lot of times now. Make sure you don’t overcook your noodles, especially if storing the soup or they will get mushy.

      Reply

  • Victoria
    August 14, 2023

    Love this soup! Made it with chicken bone broth and added zucchini and yellow beans to the recipe. So tasty, will definitely make again.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 14, 2023

      Sounds wonderful! Thank you for feedback!

      Reply

  • Moncie
    June 20, 2023

    This is the best Chicken Noodle Soup I’ve ever made. Didnt have any leftovers. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is gonna be a meal I make often.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 20, 2023

      That’s wonderful, Moncie! I’m so glad you found a new one to add to your menu!

      Reply

  • Gail
    May 24, 2023

    Sorry my rating was supposed to be 5 stars.
    Also passed on to a few friends, same reaction “loved the soup”

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 25, 2023

      That’s great! Thank you, Gail.

      Reply

  • Gail
    May 24, 2023

    Have been making this soup forever, definitely my favourite.
    I do cheat and just buy a rotisserie chicken and use the chicken breast.
    Love the flavour the dill adds.
    Love the soup!!
    Thanks Natasha

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 24, 2023

      Hi Gail! I’m so glad you love the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Zhanna
    April 13, 2023

    Question: is 6 oz of pasta measured by weight or volume? Rotini pasta normally comes in 16 oz per box so should I use a measuring cup to get 6 oz or food scale? Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 13, 2023

      Hi Zhanna, dry pasta is sold by weight. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Mimi
    March 5, 2023

    Wonderful! We would always use Ramen noodles at our house, but we tried the recipe this time! While it’s homemade, it’s incredibly quick to make at the same time! I truly recommend using this for everyone else. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 5, 2023

      Hello Mimi, thanks so much for your recommendation, we’re glad that you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Donna Lapsley
    February 24, 2023

    Love your soup recipes Can any soups be frozen??? Love your recipes 🌟🌟👏👏👏

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 24, 2023

      Hi Donna! Thank you. So glad you love them. I include notes in the blog post if the recipe can be frozen if I’ve tested it. If not, you may try searching through the comment section. So many of my readers will share their results if they have frozen the recipe. 🙂

      Reply

  • Geraldine
    January 20, 2023

    Hi, love your recipes!!
    Question- I am making soup to freeze and give away. Have you precooked noodles for future use? Trying to provide everything to someone to defrost, heat and serve.
    If yes, would you freeze plain or with a small amount of broth.
    Thanks Geraldine

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 20, 2023

      Hi Geraldine! If you plan to freeze the soup, wait to add the noodles when you reheat the soup. Chicken soup can be frozen for up to 3 months but the noodles do not freeze well. I assume you could provide the noodles dry with instructions to add them when reheating the soup.

      Reply

  • Brenda
    January 11, 2023

    Can you clarify the ratio of broth to water please? In your video you state 10 cups water + 4 Cups broth needed, but your recipe says 8 cups broth and 6 water….this is a big difference.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 11, 2023

      Hi Brenda! Follow the written recipe. Sometimes we make updates to the recipe but cannot edit the video since it has already been filmed.

      Reply

  • Andrea
    January 8, 2023

    I didn’t have fresh dill, so I subbed Mrs Dash for a half teaspoon of Dill Pickle Seasoning, and it taste wonderful! Also added a smidge of umami seasoning to help give it extra depth. Great recipe, thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 9, 2023

      Great to hear that you loved the results, Andrea!

      Reply

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