Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

We got back last night from our honeymoon and I took a peek in the fridge to assess the food situation. Let’s just say that a few pathetic lemons, baking soda, and condiments do not a meal make, so I begrudgingly took a quick trip to the grocery store because breakfast is not optional in our house.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

As I pushed my cart through the store, I pondered what I could make that would be quick yet filling. After the rich pastries and cuisine in France and Italy I craved something simple, healthy and warm. What could I make that would fill this need yet still give me time to address the clothes bomb that detonated in our condo? As I passed the roasted chickens it hit me! Chicken Noodle Soup!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup feels like a warm hug for the soul: the perfect antidote for our jet-lag. Plus I could throw everything in the pot, address the unpacking situation, and then lunch would magically be ready!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I feel no shame in unabashedly using the meat from a store-bought roasted chicken for this soup. This is not corner cutting. Furthermore, this is excellent time management. If you’re starting from a whole chicken, this video will help you debone it, but really you can just use left over meat from a previously roasted chicken (fab recipe here) or even some of that ubiquitous left over Thanksgiving turkey.

Whereas something I never cut corners is with my broth. I have a firm Homemade Broth Only rule in my kitchen. To clarify, there are some organic, low sodium broth options out there that don’t taste like water! However, this is one of my culinary idiosyncrasies. I always have some in the freezer (my go-to recipe and how to freeze it here) and when I start getting low, I get really anxious until I make some more. Fortunately I had a double recipe just waiting to be the base of this amazing soup.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

As far as Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipes go, this one is darn good. I may be biased because it is mine, but it is rich, hearty, and fills a need deeper than physical hunger. What’s more, it’s easy. I’ve added and adjusted over the years to bring you the best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe yet. You be the judge.

P.S. – Photos from our honeymoon adventures coming soon!

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Author: Lindsey
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


This Chicken Noodle soup from scratch is rich, hearty and just like your great-grandmother might have made it! Healthy, low-sodium, and bursting with flavor!


  • 2 quarts chicken broth (bonus points for homemade!)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¾ cup peas (I use frozen)
  • 2 carrots, not pealed and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloved garlic, minced
  • 1 large potato, pealed and diced
  • 1 cup egg noodles
  • 2 cups roasted chicken, chopped
  • scant ½ teaspoon marjoram (If you don’t know if you like it, use ¼ teaspoon and add from there)
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pinches kosher salt (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch crushed rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried, rubbed sage


  1. [Optional First Step] In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Then deglaze with wine before proceeding. [This is totally optional. Sometimes I do it and sometimes I don’t. It adds another layer of flavor, which can be quite nice.]
  2. Throw all remaining ingredients in the Dutch oven except the noodles. Simmer for several hours or until all the vegetables are cooked through.
  3. Add the noodles and continue simmering until they are tender. Some only take 3 minutes! If you choose to substitute rice for the noodles, which you absolutely should sometimes to mix it up, I suggest pre-cooking the rice and then adding just the right amount. I have turned a perfect soup into a rice pilaf by adding dried rice using the old-eyeball method.
  4. Note: Using both potatoes and noodles will use up some of your broth, so you might want to add more to get it to the consistency of your liking.
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    November 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

    CONGRATS on getting married and honeymooned!!! This soup looks so flavorful and delicious!!

    • Lindsey
      November 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks! This soup is definitely both of those things! Can’t wait to get back in the kitchen!

  • Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
    November 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I have never made my own chicken noodle soup, but what a great idea! I bet it’s way better than store bought! Pinned. And congrats on getting married 🙂

    • Lindsey
      November 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks for the congrats and the pin! You should try it – so easy especially if you use a pre-roasted chicken! 🙂

  • Cathy
    November 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I was wondering where I could get the recipe for making homemade chicken stock? Mine always comes out with hardly any flavor. Thank you.

    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Cathy! I linked to my homemade chicken broth recipe within the post and I just updated the recipe to include the link as well.

      Here is the link to my Homemade Chicken Broth Recipe that I use every time. The post also explains how I store it, so as to always have enough on hand! Enjoy!

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  • Angela Maciel
    November 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Yummilicious and perfectly made… thanks for sharing

  • Twinkle World
    June 18, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, a yummy noodle soup. Can I add here Beans?


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