Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
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Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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This satisfying homemade soup with a hint of cayenne is brimming with vegetables, chicken and noodles. The recipe came from my father-in-law, but I made some adjustments to give it my own spin. —Norma Reynolds, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 12 fresh baby carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated linguine

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 199 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Place mustard seed and garlic on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with kitchen string to form a bag. Place in slow cooker. Add chicken and broth. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Discard spice bag. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Stir linguine into soup; cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until tender. Cut chicken into pieces and return to soup; heat through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p43

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menicki User ID: 87508 72475
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"made this using left-over turkey from Thanksgiving, fast, easy, and delicious.

But, I did not use a slow cooker, just made it in a regular pot."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 57058
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Very hearty tasty chicken noodle. chicken noodle is not my favorite type of soup but I really enjoyed it. It makes quite a bit, so expect leftovers."

jodie63a User ID: 3943826 138053
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This is an easy soup and one everybody likes. I double the recipe and freeze in quart size baggies that lie flat and take up very little freezer room. Do not freeze noodles. Add them to the soup while reheating it.When noodles are frozen the texture becomes grainy."

nramsey User ID: 3436141 113175
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"This is a very good soup. I did not bother with the cheesecloth; used ground mustard and minced garlic and just dumped all seasonings in."

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 56207
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Finally one that tastes like Mom's!"

lindachicken__Oklahoma User ID: 227696 57045
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"I LOVE this recipe...thank you!"

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 64310
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"Very good recipe, although I changed several things. Skipped the spice bag and used ground mustard and pepper, and changed the cooking method by starting with just the veges and broth for a couple hours, then added cut up chicken, then an hour later the pasta (I used broken dry spaghetti). It worked perfectly fine."

momof29 User ID: 6105359 138045
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012


marisa1406 User ID: 3550579 57039
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"This was very good. I did not have any mustard seed, but I did put some dried thyme in instead. I used mini penne noodles as well. My kids loved it & we served it with grilled cheese paninis. Perfect for a cozy Autumn dinner."

charliest User ID: 5633322 72470
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I really like chicken noodles, it is great for those days where you want something a little wintery but with the stodgy red meat which can leave you sluggish. This is a great recipe and definitely leaves you full of energy"

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