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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup (Stove Top or Crock Pot!)

This Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is easy to make from scratch on the stove top or the Crock Pot! It has the best mix of seasonings, egg noodles, and can be made with chicken breast, chicken thighs, or rotisserie chicken!A bowl of chicken noodle soup with a spoon in the bowl and parsley.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

There is nothing cozier than a warm bowl of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, and this recipe has the best combination of seasonings and flavor enhancers that put it above the rest while still keeping things simple and easy.

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How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Sauté the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in butter until softened. Add the seasonings, soy sauce, hot sauce, chicken, and chicken broth.

Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. (A gentle boil ensures the chicken stays juicy and doesn’t get tough.)

Remove the chicken and use 2 forks to shred it. Return it to the soup.

A dutch oven with uncooked chicken and sautéed vegetables next to a plate of shredded chicken.

Boil the noodles separately and add them directly to serving bowls if you expect leftovers, then ladle the soup on top. Otherwise, you can add the drained noodles right to the pot of soup and serve. 

A pot of cooked egg noodles next to a pot of chicken noodle soup.

Crock Pot Method

  • Melt the butter in the Crock Pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and toss to coat.
    Add the the seasonings, soy sauce, hot sauce, chicken, and chicken broth.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours. (I recommend low heat to keep the chicken juicy and tender. Cooking it over higher heat makes it tougher. If necessary, it can be cooked for 4 hours on high.)
  • Cook noodles separately as outlined in stovetop procedure.
  • Add the drained noodles to serving bowls and ladle soup on top. Serve!

Instant Pot Method

Pro Tips

  • Be sure to cook the egg noodles separately. Add them directly to serving bowls and ladle the soup on top. This way the noodles won’t absorb all of the broth, this is especially important if you plan on having leftovers.
  • Bone-in chicken breast or thighs adds the most flavor to the broth, but boneless chicken or leftover/rotisserie chicken may also be used.
  • You can’t taste the hot sauce, soy sauce, or mustard powder in this recipe. They are used as flavor enhancers in the soup. The turmeric adds a nice golden color to this soup but can be omitted if needed.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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  • 4.5 quart Dutch oven– This is the one pictured in this post and is a great size for this recipe.
  • Pinch Bowls– for measuring out seasonings ahead of time.

A soup pot filled with Chicken Noodle Soup with parsley on the side.

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A bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup with egg noodles, seasonings, and vegetables.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

5 from 3 ratings
This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is easy to make on the Stove Top or the Crock Pot! It has the best mix of seasonings, egg noodles, and can be made with chicken breast, chicken thighs, or rotisserie chicken.

Ingredients

Seasonings

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup diced carrots
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 lbs. bone-in chicken breast, or chicken thighs
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles, uncooked

Instructions

  • Note: The noodles are cooked separately in this recipe and spooned directly into serving bowls to ensure that they don’t soak up too much broth. This is especially important if you anticipate leftovers.
  • Pro Tip: Measure out the seasonings in a pinch bowl ahead of time. The rest of the recipe will fly by.
  • Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Soften for 4 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the seasonings, soy sauce, hot sauce, chicken, and chicken broth.
  • Bring the soup to a gentle boil and cover partially. Allow the chicken to slowly cook through (a rapid boil will make it tough). About 15-20 minutes. Remove the chicken and use two forks to shred. Return it to the soup. Add the lemon juice and simmer while you prepare the noodles.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain and add the noodles directly to serving bowls.
  • Ladle the soup on top, then serve!

Notes

  • Chicken: The chicken can be skin-on or skinless. Bone-in chicken adds a lot more flavor to the broth, but boneless can be used if needed. You can also use 3 cups of leftover or rotisserie chicken.

  • Seasonings and Flavor Enhancers: You can’t taste the hot sauce, soy sauce, or mustard powder in this recipe. They are used as flavor enhancers in the soup. The turmeric adds a nice golden color to this soup but can be omitted if needed.

  • 3 heaping cups of egg noodles can be used if you like lots of noodles in your soup.

  • Storage: Refrigerate for 3-5 days or freeze for 3 months.

Crock Pot Method
  • Melt the butter in the Crock Pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and toss to coat.
    Add the the seasonings, soy sauce, hot sauce, chicken, and chicken broth.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours. (I recommend low heat to keep the chicken juicy and tender. Cooking it over higher heat makes it tougher. If necessary, it can be cooked for 4 hours on high.)
  • Cook noodles separately as outlined in stovetop procedure.
  • Add the drained noodles to serving bowls and ladle soup on top. Serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 981mg, Potassium: 560mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1188IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg

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10 comments on “Easy Chicken Noodle Soup (Stove Top or Crock Pot!)”

  1. Hi Stephanie!
    This soup looks delicious. If I’m using leftover turkey to make this soup in my crockpot, do I also saute the turkey with the veggies or when do I add the turkey?

  2. I made this and it was so good! My boyfriend has an allium allergy so I skipped the onions and garlic, added more celery and carrot, leftover turkey stock and meat from Thanksgiving. The hot sauce adds such brightness and the soy sauce umami.. and the ground mustard really does add a little something something. Great building of flavor 🙂

    • I’m so happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed the chicken noodle soup Samantha! I love that you can appreciate the building of flavor with the hot sauce and ground mustard😋! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review1

  3. Hi, I plan on making this recipe tonight. Does it make a big difference to the final result if I cut the chicken into bite sized pieces instead of shredding it?

  4. Love this Chicken Noodle Soup recipe so much!!!! Believe or not, I’ve never made Chicken Noodle Soup before and I’m overjoyed to have a fantastic recipe for it now!!! All the flavors came together amazingly well. I never would have thought to put soy sauce in this soup but I followed the directions perfectly and wouldn’t change a thing! The whole family enjoyed it and wanted seconds. I will be making this all winter!!! Thank you!!

    • I am so happy to hear that Jacquelyn! It doesn’t get much better than a nice bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I SO appreciate it!! 🙂 -Stephanie

  5. I made this tonight since I’m in the middle of a nasty cold and it was delicious! Nothing like a yummy bowl of chicken noodle soup to make you feel better. I’m actually going to make some more with some leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks for the recipe!

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