Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is one of the fondest memories I have of my grandmother’s cooking.

Classic, comforting, a cure-all for whatever ailed me, and I could taste my grandma’s love in it.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Classic, comforting, and tastes just like grandma made but way easier and faster!! This soup is AMAZING and it'll be your new favorite recipe!!

However, my grandma’s version took hours and hours. I don’t have time to watch a boiling pot for half the day and this version is easy, ready in 30-minutes, and has all the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup.

To save time, use storebought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Of course you can roast or pan sauté chicken if you’re so inclined.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Classic, comforting, and tastes just like grandma made but way easier and faster!! This soup is AMAZING and it'll be your new favorite recipe!!

There are quite a few herbs used including thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and parsley. If you don’t have them all on hand, don’t want to buy a bunch of thyme for just 1 teaspoon, or aren’t fond of a particular herb, you can probably omit it. Your soup won’t taste exactly like mine, but it’ll be close.

Egg noodles in chicken noodle soup is the only way to go for me because that’s how my grandma made it, but if you like rotini or another type of pasta, use it instead.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Classic, comforting, and tastes just like grandma made but way easier and faster!! This soup is AMAZING and it'll be your new favorite recipe!!

Make sure to salt your soup to taste. I use low-sodium chicken broth and add a bit of salt to my soup so I can control the overall salt level. The saltiness of low-sodium broth varies among brands, and if you used a rotisserie chicken, salt levels vary. And everyone’s personal preference for salt varies so salt to taste.

My family loved the homey, classic flavors in the soup, raved about it, and asked when I’m making it again. It makes enough to stash half in the freezer for a rainy day or for winter cold and flu season. Chicken noodle soup is a miracle worker.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - Classic, comforting, and tastes just like grandma made but way easier and faster!! This soup is AMAZING and it'll be your new favorite recipe!!

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

The soup is easy, ready in 30-minutes, and has all the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup. To save time, use storebought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken. If you don’t have them all the herbs on hand, use what you do have. Egg noodles are my favorite but another pasta may be substituted and make sure to salt your soup to taste. My family loved the homey, classic flavors in the soup and I love that it it’s ready in a flash. It makes enough to stash half in the freezer for a rainy day or for winter cold and flu season.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced thin (about 1 1/2 large carrots)
  • 1 cup celery, sliced thin (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 cup sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 1 medium onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 64 ounces (8 cups) low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if desired
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles (or your favorite noodles or pasta)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (use storebought rotisserie chicken to save time; or roast or cook your own chicken in a skillet)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, optional
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the oil and heat over medium-high heat to warm.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and sauté for about 7 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, pepper, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender. Note – If you like brothier soup, add additional broth, possibly as much as an additional 64 ounces because as time passes the noodles will continue to absorb broth.
  5. Add the egg noodles and boil mixture for about 10 minutes, or until noodles are soft and cooked through. At any time while making the soup, if the overall liquid level is lower than you like and you prefer more broth, adding a cup or two of water is okay. At the end you will adjust the salt level.
  6. Add the chicken, parsley, optional lemon juice (brightens up the flavor), and boil 1 to 2 minutes, or until chicken is warmed through. Taste soup and add salt to taste. I added about 1 tablespoon but this will vary based on how salty the brand of chicken broth used is, how salty the rotisserie chicken is, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, herbs, etc.), remove the bay leaves, and serve immediately. Soup will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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323 comments on “Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. Averie, thanks! Very tasty noodle soup turned out. Very cool photos!

    Rating: 5
  2. Amazing taste & so easy ! The lemon juice really adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the soup. It is one of the best chicken soups I’ve had. I have made this several times and getting ready to make it again on this cold rainy winter day in Virginia. Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  3. This was the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever had! So quick and easy. Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  4. I’ve made it twice! So good! Easy as well. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  5. Full disclosure: I mostly used your recipe but cobbled it together with another one that uses tortellini instead of egg noodles. AND I completely forgot to put the parsley in, even though it was staring me in the face. Nonetheless – it turned out fantastic!! The flavor is amazing, even without the parsley. I did add extra broth, and when I ran out I of that, added a couple of cups of water and tossed in a couple of chicken broth cubes so the flavors didn’t dilute. All in all, loved the recipe – thank you for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  6. Made three times. Family loves this. I think I will cut the pepper in half or more and only add one clove of garlic. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  7. I was unsure at first. I don’t normally like chicken noodle soup. But this recipe was very good. Everyone loved it. I will definitely make it again!

    Rating: 5
  8. I was really pleased with the taste. I have been looking for a good “chicken soup” recipe for years!

    Rating: 5
  9. Hi! I can’t remember if I’ve commented or just always told myself to, but I just want you to know how much I LOVE this recipe and have made it countless times. I’ve forwarded it to friends as the best/easiest/yummiest chicken soup and am just so appreciative of you for sharing your recipes! Love the chicken tortilla too!

    Rating: 5
  10. Averie, , I just made it and it’s just so amazing! All I can say is WOW! Great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  11. Excellent! The flavor of the herbs lingers in your mouth! I like some kick so I would add some cayenne or something. Way too many noodles tho- I would cut the noodles in half.

    Rating: 5
  12. Averie, thank you! I just made this recipe tonight and everyone loved it! Very easy and delicious! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  13. Wow!!! This soup is yummy!! Can’t wait for my girls to have it when they come home from school today… so tasty and easy to make… only twist I made wa a squeezed an orange in it… something my grandma would do to her soup when we were not feeling good!! 🤗🤗🤗

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad this came out so great! I usually use a bit of lemon but I can see the orange being a nice touch especially if it’s something your grandma did.

  14. Probably the best chicken noodle soup I’ve had. You won’t be disappointed!

    Rating: 5
  15. What a nice idea! I made this soup last week and my husband even took some for lunch the next day. I will be making it this evening as well.

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