The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min. + standing
Makes10 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts)
- 2-1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs
- 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 4 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 cups uncooked kluski or other egg noodles (about 8 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Pat chicken dry with paper towels; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches, skin side down; cook until dark golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Remove chicken from pan; remove and discard skin. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons.
- Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan. Add celery, carrots, bay leaves and thyme. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until chicken is tender, 25-30 minutes.
- Transfer chicken to a plate. Remove soup from heat. Add noodles; let stand, covered, until noodles are tender, 20-22 minutes.
- Meanwhile, when chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat into bite-sized pieces. Return meat to stockpot. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Adjust seasoning with salt and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Discard bay leaves.
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Nutrition Facts1-1/3 cups: 239 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1176mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.
Feb 22, 2020
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Feb 19, 2020
Really lovely soup! Omitted garlic for personal preference, otherwise stayed true to recipe. Delicious!
Feb 9, 2020
I really like this recipe and have made it many times. It is a crowd pleaser. :) I have had some mishaps with the noodles, however, due to my own confusion about the recipe. I don't understand why the recipe says, "3 cups uncooked kluski or other egg noodles (about 8 ounces)." 3 cups equals 24 ounces (there are 8 oz in each cup). So why does the recipe say 3 cups uncooked or 8 ounces? I added way too many noodles one time and had to make extra broth to keep the soup from being dry haha. Any advice would be much appreciated - I think that my confusion is just due to the fact that I don't understand liquid versus dry measuring or something. Thanks!
Jan 27, 2020
Everyone in the comments is whining about salt or flavor when who really cares. Shut your white ass up and eat the shitty food that you made. Y’all probably think salt is spicy??
Jan 14, 2020
This is by far the best chicken soup recipie I have found. And it's just fine if it tastes low salt...because each person who eats it can add to it later as they like. A reader here, Rennae commented on salt. But really salt is not the problem. Salt is actually healthy for us, but I think Rennae is referring to sodium that is in so much of the processed foods we have in the U.S. Years ago, I met with a woman named Gabriella Kushi, who taught me about macrobiotics, the healthy way of eating with the seasons, and also based on where you live in the world. So interesting, and very helpful! Something she taught me was that the easiest way that we can improve our health is by changing the salt that we use. So simple! And its very true. For the last 15 years I have used only pure salt...sea salt, and also pink Himalayan. The morten salt and those white brands at the store are also coated with aluminum, to keep it from clumping. The market will not tell you this but its true. My daughter also brought me back salt from Peru which has such a wonderful buttery flavor? My daughters have both eaten vegan for many years, so I do also make this soup for them by simply switching up the broth and meat, and I also then add miso and nutritional yeast. I have found even then, it is just as tasty! Anyhow...tgankyou for this very old style soup recipe! It may take a bit more time, but is so worth it!! Food is to be enjoyed, not merely consumed as a filler for our tummies
Jan 13, 2020
This soup was delicious! I put in a whole cut-up chicken, simmered in chicken stock with 1/2 lemon sliced, and a bunch of fresh parsley. Add more salt if desired, and sriracha for a kick.
Jan 13, 2020
I have made this several times for winter and for family member's that are down with the flu....I cooked the chicken skin down for an extra few minutes...Excellent recipe!
Jan 10, 2020
This soup is rather flavorless...not sure if since I used low sodium chicken broth? It looks flavorful and amazing, unfortunately it doesn’t taste as good as it looks..pretty bland.
Jan 7, 2020
WOW! I can really see from the comments just how Hooked on Salt these consumers/tasters really are!!! This is a no-nonsense soup , very basic and wholesome. So the Folks that didn't like the flavor added: boxed/salted chicken stock, several seasonings (with lots of salt in the ingredients) and then it was an "okay soup"! Yes, America! Our "Canned Taste Buds" are seriously "Hooked on Salt" !!! PS... I am just as guilty of loving my salt but I do appreciate the taste of chicken and vegetables even without alot of Salt! Keep up the Great Recipes! Thank You!
Dec 31, 2019
I tried a quicker version of this soup but it was not nearly as flavorful as this recipe. My husband says it’s the best Chicken Noodle Soup he has ever had. I tend to add a few a bit more of the veggies but using the chicken thighs with skin really adds to the flavor. Thank you for this delicious recipe.