When the weather turns chilly or you’re in need of some comforting warmth, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. This classic recipe is not only heartwarming but also easy to prepare from scratch.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 8 cups chicken broth (low-sodium if preferred)
- 2 cups water
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups egg noodles (or your preferred noodle type)
- Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Fresh lemon wedges (optional, for a zesty twist)
- In a large pot, combine the chicken broth and water. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Add the chicken breasts (or thighs) to the boiling liquid. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a cutting board. Allow it to cool slightly before shredding it into bite-sized pieces using two forks.
- While the chicken is cooking, add the sliced carrots, celery, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, dried parsley, salt, and pepper to the simmering broth. Let it all cook together for about 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- In a separate pot, cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Once the vegetables are tender, remove the bay leaves from the soup.
- Return the shredded chicken and cooked noodles to the pot with the vegetables and broth.
- Let the soup simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to ensure the chicken and noodles are heated through.
- Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve your homemade chicken noodle soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley and a wedge of lemon for an extra burst of flavor if desired.
This homemade chicken noodle soup is the perfect remedy for a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s a comforting classic that’s sure to warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds. Enjoy!