Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

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There’s nothing quite like a steaming hot bowl of classic chicken noodle soup on a cold day. This classic comfort food is enjoyed by people all over the United States, and for good reason – it’s delicious and warming.

Everyone has their favorite comfort food, and for me, that includes classic chicken noodle soup. This simple dish is not only flavorful and warming, but it’s also a great way to get protein and nutrients.

In this post, I’ll give you a recipe for classic chicken noodle soup along with some tips on how to make it even more delicious.

This easy recipe can be made in a slow cooker or on the stovetop, and it’s sure to warm you up on a cold day.

So go ahead and stock up on your ingredients – you’re going to want to make this soup ASAP!

Last week, I had awful cold, so I decided to make some authentic Classic Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s the soup that warms your tummy, gives you the veggies and protein your body needs to heal and makes you feel like you’re at grandma’s house.

Chicken noodle soup can only be made in a handful of ways. It almost always starts out with the same veggies: onions, carrots, and celery. Most recipes add some herbs in, but you know me.

I like to go for the whole shebang with some herbs de provence. The collection of dried herbs in it gives the soup a deeper flavor that’s pleasing to both your taste buds and your sinuses.

Let’s not forget where it gets its name though. You need both chicken and noodles for chicken noodle soup! Most recipes use egg noodles, but I prefer regular pasta noodles because they’re heartier.

As for the shredded chicken, if you already have some in your fridge – great! But if you don’t, I included some directions for how to make perfect shredded chicken.

I know the cold is going around right now, and face it – the last thing you want to do when you have a cold is cook every day. You’ll get two BIG bowls of soup with this recipe,  or you’ll get 3 to 4 medium bowls.

We had two medium bowls and I saved the rest for another bowl the next day. I was so happy to just heat it for 5 minutes on the stove and eat it in bed while watching Friends.

And that’s what being sick is all about. Chicken noodle soup and Friends.

What to serve with Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is a comfort food staple that can be enjoyed any time of year. But what should you serve with it to make a complete meal?

  • One option is to keep things simple and pair the soup with a green salad and some crusty bread.
  • For a heartier meal, you could add roasted chicken or grilled steak to the soup.
  • And for a truly decadent experience, you could top the soup with crispy bacon or a rich and creamy sauce.

No matter what you choose to serve with your chicken noodle soup, one thing is for sure – it will be a delicious and comforting meal that everyone will enjoy.

Ingredient Notes

According to legend, chicken soup actually has medicinal properties and can help fight off colds and flu. Whether or not that’s true, there’s no denying that this soup is packed with nutrients and flavorful ingredients.

  • Chicken is the star of the show in chicken noodle soup. Not only does it add a delicious flavor to the broth, but it also provides a source of lean protein.
  • Chicken broth is another essential ingredient, as it gives the soup its signature savory flavor.
  • Carrots add sweetness and texture, while celery provides a crunchy contrast.
  • Garlic adds depth of flavor, and egg noodles round out the dish with their hearty texture.

Together, these ingredients create a soup that is both comforting and satisfying. So next time you’re feeling under the weather, make sure to reach for a bowl of chicken noodle soup – it just might be exactly what you need!

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  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, herbs de provence, and bay leaf. Saute until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender, 4-6 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Remove bay leaf. Add noodles and simmer until cooked a little softer than al dente, about 8 minutes. Add chicken breast and stir until heated through. (If you’d like the soup to have more liquid, add more chicken broth as needed.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. After ladling into bowls, top with either parsley or green onions, and serve.
Yield: 2

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced (see notes)
  • 1 carrot, diced (see notes)
  • 1 celery rib, diced (see notes)
  • 1 celery rib, diced (see notes)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¾ tsp herbes de provence
  • ¾ tsp herbes de provence
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup rotini
  • 1 cup rotini
  • 1 shredded chicken breast, yielding 1 to 1½ cups*
  • 1 shredded chicken breast, yielding 1 to 1½ cups*
  • Kosher salt
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, herbs de provence, and bay leaf. Saute until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender, 4-6 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Remove bay leaf. Add noodles and simmer until cooked a little softer than al dente, about 8 minutes. Add chicken breast and stir until heated through. (If you'd like the soup to have more liquid, add more chicken broth as needed.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. After ladling into bowls, top with either parsley or green onions, and serve.

Notes

Gluten Free: Use gluten free noodles, and check the label for chicken broth. Some brands may not be gluten free.To dice carrots: Cut off top of carrot and discard. Peel carrot. Cut in two, lengthwise down the middle. Cut each half lengthwise down the middle again. You now have four long pieces. Lay them side by side on the cutting board and chop all at once.To dice celery rib: Cut off both bottom white area on rib, and top of rib where any leaves are branching off. Discard. Cut and chop using the same method as the carrot.*To make shredded chicken: This can be done in either the soup pot before starting on the soup, or in a separate pan while starting on the soup, to save time. Heat 2 tsp olive oil over high heat. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Saute in pan on one side for about 4 minutes until light brown. When flipping, reduce the heat to medium, add ½ cup cold water, and cover. Steam for about 10 minutes, until juices from the chicken are clear and inside is white. (If water evaporates before chicken is fully cooked, add more water as needed.) Remove to a cutting board, let rest for about 5 minutes, then shred with two forks.

Nutrition Information

Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 793Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 101mgSodium 844mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 6gSugar 7gProtein 67g

FAQ and Tips

There are many different ways to make chicken noodle soup, but the classic version is made with a whole chicken, carrots, celery, onion, noodles, and spices.

  • This soup can be made in a crockpot or on the stovetop, and it is relatively easy to make.
  • One tip for making chicken noodle soup is to cook the chicken in advance so that it is already shredded when you add it to the soup.
  • This will save you time and effort when you are making the soup. Another tip is to use wide egg noodles instead of regular noodles.
  • The wider noodles will help to absorb more of the broth and make the soup more filling. Finally, be sure to season the soup well with salt and pepper.
  • Seasoning the soup will help to bring out all of the flavors and make it more enjoyable to eat.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about making Classic Chicken Noodle Soup:

What kind of chicken should I use?

You can use any kind of chicken, but we recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breast for the best results.

Can I use other noodles besides egg noodles?

Yes, you can use any type of noodle you like. Just be sure to cook the noodles according to package instructions before adding them to the soup.

Q: How do I make the soup gluten-free?

To make Classic Chicken Noodle Soup gluten-free, simply substitute the egg noodles for gluten-free noodles and use gluten-free chicken broth.

Can I make Classic Chicken Noodle Soup in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can make Classic Chicken Noodle Soup in the slow cooker. Simply combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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