Chef John's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
High angle looking at a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

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  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup diced carrot

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ¼ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 tablespoons melted chicken fat

  • 2 quarts roasted chicken broth (see footnote for recipe link)

  • 4 ounces uncooked wide egg noodles

  • 2 cooked boneless chicken breast halves, cubed

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in carrot, onion, celery, thyme, and salt. Add chicken fat; cook and stir until onions turn soft and translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.

    Overhead of carrots, onions, celery, thyme, and salt cooking in a pot with a cup of broth off to the side.

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  2. Stir in roasted chicken broth and bring to a boil. Season with salt, if necessary.

    Overhead of carrots, onions, celery, thyme, salt, and broth cooking in a pot with a cup of noodles off to the side.

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  3. Stir in egg noodles; cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add cooked chicken breast meat; simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

    Overhead of cooked chicken noodle soup in a cooking pot.

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Editor's Note:

This recipe calls for Chef John's Roasted Chicken Broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

149 Calories
7g Fat
12g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 149
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1000mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 130mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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