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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243 comments on “Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. Not a cook. Overcast and cool weather. Feeling like we need a healthy meal. All healthy ingredients. Feeling proud of my momma self. Can’t wait for the family to try!!! Soup tester me thinks it’s gonna be good!!

  2. Made this today & it turned out amazing (amazing is an understatement) 😍 tastes like my moms homemade chicken noodle soup she’d always make and everyone would devour within the same day. I forgot bay leaves so I didn’t add them, and I didn’t add the lemon juice but that’s just my personal preference. I also added the juice from the chicken I baked (bought a whole chicken from store baked at 350 degrees for 2 hrs) definitely added even more flavor in my opinion :)

    Rating: 5
  3. Delicious and easy. I’ve made this recipe twice and the only thing I added was a can of cream of chicken soup but it would’ve been great without it.

    Rating: 5
  4. Feeling under the weather and made this tonight. Just what the doctor ordered!

    Rating: 5
  5. Wife & I were feeling under the weather and this really hit the spot!! Fantastic

    Rating: 5
  6. Thanks for the amazing recipe, delicious and super fast. Loved it! 😋😋

    Rating: 5
  7. Sooooo yummy!! Have made this multiple times. Great with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving too!

    Rating: 5
    • Yes it works great with leftover turkey as well. I actually have a recipe specifically for turkey noodle soup which is basically a carbon copy of this one except with turkey. Glad that you love the soup and thanks for the five star review!

  8. Absolutely amazing!! Just made this last night and ate it again for lunch today. It was even better today! Will definitely be making this again!!

    Rating: 5
  9. This soup recipe was easy and very good! My family loved it. I will definitely add this recipe to my favorites.

    Rating: 5
  10. THANK YOU for this great recipe. I just had bowl of it for breakfast!I’m not a fan of chunky veggies in soup, so I chopped onions, carrots and celery in Cuisinart before cooking. I didn’t have egg noodles so I used little over one half cup tiny macaroni called Acini Di Pepe. They’re so small they cook quickly. Amazing what a wee bit of lemon juice adds to flavor.

    Rating: 5
  11. The KISS method at it’s best. Simple. Fast. Good.

  12. Made this soup while not feeling well. I just have to say this was absolutely amazing. My husband has never really liked chicken noodle soup, however he wants to know when I am going to make it again, he loved it is an understament. Thank you for sharing this online.

  13. I do not cook at all because it’s just too much prep and mess for my liking but I woke up with a sore throat today and needed some homemade soup. This was just as easy as you said and just as great tasting as well. Thanks so much for posting!

    Rating: 5
  14. This chicken noodle soup is absolutely delish to serve with baguettes!

  15. This was excellent as written! I had half a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken leftover which worked perfectly. The only thing I left out was the oregano…just because. Hearty and Delicious!

  16. Made this tonight and everyone enjoyed it! I didn’t even have to add salt. This is the recipe I plan to continue making if anyone in the family gets sick. Easy and tasty, thank you.

    Rating: 5
  17. This soup has become a staple. It is requested at least once a month even in the summer( I am actually making it now as I comment). I do everything as directed the only thing I do is simmer it all afternoon to let the flavors all marry together even more than what they already are. Then I just add the noodles a little bit before we want to eat. Thank you for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  18. This soup is soooo yummy. My husband is a soup freak .He loved it.

    Rating: 5
  19. Just made this for my sick boyfriend, he loved it!! (We both did!!) Delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  20. Easy and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  21. This was amazing. I was skeptical about the lemon juice, but it really balanced out the soup. I added a tiny bit of jalapeño to give it a kick. So good!

    Rating: 5
  22. Made the soup for dinner. Recipe easy to follow and came out great.

    Rating: 5
  23. Awesome good recipe, I recommend not waiting till you’re sick to make it,it’s amazing anytime!

    Rating: 5
  24. 1st time EVER making Chicken Noodle soup (my husband and I have our favorite at a restaurant), but this was way better! He is so picky! But after the second bite he said “this is way better than their’s” That is a wife win for me! I did add 1/2 tsp. Turmeric and 1/2 tsp. Fresh. Sage and some chicken bullion granules to taste.. This was so food thank you!

  25. Dont usually post comments on these but this was super good and super easy. My whole family is sick and chicken soup sounded good. I pretty much followed the directions exact, I added just a tiny amount of good quality butter to add a little richness. Recipe is definently a keeper

    Rating: 5

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