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Chef John's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
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Chef John's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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"This soul-warming soup is deliciously simple -- just chicken and noodles. What makes it so good is the homemade roasted chicken stock."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in carrot, onion, celery, salt, and fresh thyme. Stir in chicken fat; cook and stir until the onions turn soft and translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Stir in roasted chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Season to taste with salt, if necessary; stir in egg noodles and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cooked chicken breast meat and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 21, 2012

I love how simple this recipe is. This is just plain comfort food. It all comes together so quickly too. I weighed the 4 oz of egg noodles and measured them - it was about 2 cups in my large glass pyrex measuring cup. Remember your soup will only be as good as your broth / stock. Enjoy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 19, 2013

We (my family and I) were really NOT impressed. I followed the recipe exactly but it wasn't really impressive

May 07, 2012

Excellent! I used Chef John's roasted chicken stock recipe and the schmalz (chicken fat) from the roasted chicken for making this soup. Next time I might try adding some frozen peas at the same time that the chicken is added.

Jul 16, 2012

Awesome!!! We love this soup, all I had was 2 quarts of regular chicken broth, but I went back to the store and bought one more quart of chicken stock because we like the extra liquid in our soup, the stock makes the difference. Perfect for a day you don't want to do alot of cooking. Thx

Nov 24, 2012

I always save my rotisserie ckn carcasses after I trim off the leftover meat @ freeze that in a separate pkg with the carcass. Broth is so much better when made with rotesserie ckn. Pretty much followed the recipe & added trimmings at the end. Great way to use up rotisserie ckn & get a bigger bang for your buck. Your only expense is the price of the veggies & if you're like me you have them in the fridge anyways. A pot of soup for no extra cost! If I'm not going to serve right away I cook the noodles separate. If they're left in overnite they tend to swell & absorb the broth. So I just toss them in when I'm reheating the soup.

Oct 11, 2012

I love it when cooks change the recipe so much and then complain/say it is great - not! That being said, this was superb totally as is. I made it for my kids and they slurped it up and were sad when it was gone. A total comfort food. I have never made broth from scratch, usually use bouillon to enhance my stock, but this was the first time I didn't need to and I felt like a real chef!

Dec 29, 2012

My hubby is under the weather this weekend so i made this soup for him. I followed the receipe as posted but added some LOVE and it was PERFECT!!!!! I have never been a fan of chicken noodle soup because of the bland taste, but this one is hands down the best i have ever had. It was also easy to make which is always good during this busy time of year. Thanks Chef John!

Sep 21, 2012

Wouldn't change a thing,, if it ain't broke don't fix it.


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  • Calories
  • 149 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 1097 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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