How to Make the Best Chicken Noodle Soup

by Amy Stafford on October 30, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup

Yes, this is the Best Chicken Noodle Soup EVER!  I have been making this soup for years and I have given it to sick friends, kids who have had their wisdom teeth out, those getting over the flu and everyone says the same thing, “that is the Best Chicken Noodle Soup”.  It is packed with flavor and makes a hearty and delicious dinner.

I make it with two chickens because I like to make extra to have some in the freezer to pull out when needed.  If you don’t want to make extra just cut everything in half for a wholesome healthy family dinner. 

 

Adapted from Paula Deen

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chickens
  • 7 quarts of water
  • 2 onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 chicken bouillon cubes
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 cups sliced celery
  • 1 bag of egg noodles
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, (if dried reconstituted)
  • 6 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2/3 cup cooking sherry
  • 4 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Add all ingredients up to Kosher salt and pepper to a large pot.  Add extra water if needed so that chickens are completely covered.

Cook for an hour or until chicken is tender.  Remove chickens and place on a rimmed cutting board ( you will need to catch juices from chickens)

Once chickens are cooled, shred all meat.  Throwing away bones and skin.

Strain broth through a colander into a large bowl throwing away solids. Place broth back into stock pot.

Bring broth to boil and add carrots and celery cooking for 10-12 minutes.  Add noodles and cook until al dente (follow directions on package).

Add chicken, and remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine.

Serve the Best Chicken Soup you will ever eat.

 

 

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How to Make the Best Chicken Noodle Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 whole chickens
  • 7 quarts of water
  • 2 onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 chicken bouillon cubes
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 cups sliced celery
  • 1 bag of egg noodles
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, (if dried reconstituted)
  • 6 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • ⅔ cup cooking sherry
  • 4 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 1½ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients up to Kosher Salt and Pepper to a large pot. Add extra water if needed so that chickens are completely covered. Cook for an hour or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chickens and place on a rimmed cutting board (you will need to catch juices from chickens)
  3. Once chickens are cooled, shred all meat. Throwing away bones and skin.
  4. Strain broth through a colander into a large bowl throwing away solids.
  5. Place broth back into stock pot.
  6. Bring broth to boil and add carrots and celery cooking for 10-12 minutes. Add noodles and cook until al dente (follow directions on package).
  7. Add chicken, and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  8. Serve.
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Diane October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Amazing! I have been looking for just the recipe. Looks amazing. I want a knock your socks off recipe, even though anything beats chicken noodle soup out of the can!

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amy October 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Diane,
This really is a perfect Chicken Noodle Soup! Let me know if you love it!
Amy

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Diane January 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

I made it right after christmas, LOVED it!!

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Amy Stafford January 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Awesome Diane! Thanks so much for letting me know, its always good to know people love your recipes as much as you do :)

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thesalemgarden October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

I have chicken soup on the menu for today’s trick or treat dinner so that everyone can just grab a bowl when they want it… I think I’m going to make a few adjustments now, this looks wonderful!

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amy October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

Glad to hear your little guys get to go trick or treating. With Sally I know a lot has been cancelled. Enjoy!

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Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures November 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Mmmm…. This sounds divine! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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amy November 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thanks Marci

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Kris November 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

I am pinning your recipe now! I have to try this the next time I want chicken soup!

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amy November 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

Kris, what is great is you freeze a bunch in individual containers and pull them out when ever you are not feeling 100%.

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Becky Neville November 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I will try this!
If you raise chickens, you can take the bones and skin, plop them in a crock-pot with some carrot shavings, and some celery tops; cook for a day or two, until the bones can be crushed in your fingers, strain; feed the bones and skin to your birds, save the bone broth to use on dog food or to use when cooking. Nothing wasted!

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amy November 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

Becky,
Great idea, I just read an article yesterday that our backyard chickens may not be getting enough calcium from their feed and will steal it from their own bones to make an egg. Thanks for the tip! I hate wasting…

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 11, 2012 at 2:28 am

This is so close to my mother’s chicken soup recipe. You’re so right, it’s just perfect and when you don’t feel 100% it’s even better.

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amy November 11, 2012 at 7:24 am

Maureen, Nothing like a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup to make you feel well cared for!

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Lola November 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

Is this Paula Deen’s recipe?

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amy November 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Yes ma’m

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Lola November 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Just made it and it was delicious!!!!

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Andi January 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

This is absolutely Ah .maz.ing- truly the best!!!! Forget what you think about chicken noodle soup, this one is very different, but has all the healing powers of comfort and yumminess!! I had to make a slight change tho- I was out of Rosemary, however I had this left over packet of some cheese blend with herbs from a bag of Spinach Cheese Pasta I had from Costco and I tossed the whole thing in-it was soooooo good!!! It was by far, the best Chicken Noodle Soup I have ever eaten- thank you for the reciepe-very well done-you out did yourself on this…and now my family thinks I make the best chicken noodle soup ever!! :-)))

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Amy Stafford January 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

Wow Andi, comments like that really encourage a girl to keep on keeping on! Thank you. I am glad your family knows what a great cook you are!! Its great that you improvised, sometimes improvising gives me my best recipes. Have a wonderful day, you have made mine brighter. xoxo Amy

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Celmah December 19, 2013 at 4:22 am

Hi that looks warming and delicous for this winter. I am going to try but if I don’t have sherry, is there any substitute or can I just skip it ???
Thanks

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Amy Stafford December 19, 2013 at 7:33 am

Celmah,
You can substitute a dry white wine, apple cider vinegar or orange juice. The soup is delicious and so comforting, hope you enjoy!
Amy

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Celmah December 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi Amy,

I made it yesterday !!! My very best chicken noodle soup for the winter. It tasted wonderful, delicious and heart warming. I loved it sooooo much, a true comfort food.
I will make it again but would you skin the chicken ? Will it make the broth different ?

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Lindsay January 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Yuuummm!! This was so delicious… Both my husband and I loved it. Thank you Amy:)

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Amy Stafford January 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

Hi Lindsay,
So glad you guys liked it. I hope you both feel better soon.
xo Amy

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Dionne Baldwin February 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm

That photo is gorgeous! And the soup sounds perfect for a cold day like today. By nature I am not a good soup maker so I love recipes like this. I am going to tuck this one away for later.

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