This Easy Chicken Noodle Soup is such a time saver, perfect for those busy weeknight dinners! Chunky and meaty with a rotisserie chicken, everyone will love this heartwarming soup!
Why is it that we take comfort in chicken noodle soup when we are sick? Perhaps it's a childhood comfort memory, our mom's feeding us chicken noodle soup to make us better? When my kids get sick, the first thing I do is buy some soup bones and make beet borsch, which my go to soup when my kids are sick. But that takes a lot of time. Hot soup clears our sinuses temporarily, making us feel better. Easy to digest, vitamin rich foods help our stomachs recover from gastro or stomach flu.
Why is chicken soup healthy?
Homemade chicken soup is packed with vitamins. It's always best if you make the chicken broth from scratch. The nutrient rich marrow breaking down from the bones in the soup boosts our immune system, by providing calcium, magnesium, zinc and other vitamins. The key to extra flavor and vitamins is to use lots of garlic! Growing up, we were always told that garlic was Russian penicillin, so we had to eat more of it. All this goodness, disguised in a comfort soup when we are sick. Even if you don't make the broth from scratch, this is an easy, delicious chicken soup recipe.
Chicken Soup Broth
I said this was an easy chicken soup broth, and you can buy chicken broth or consommé from your supermarket, ready to use. However, as I mentioned, homemade broth is the healthiest. You can make the chicken broth ahead of time and freeze it to be used for later. There are 2 ways I make homemade chicken broth.
- Instant Pot Chicken Broth - this is my favorite and only takes an hour
- Stovetop Chicken Broth - a classic way to make chicken broth
How to Make Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
So this recipe kind of feels like cheating. I'm assuming you either have already made the chicken broth another day, or are using supermarket chicken broth. Here's a breakdown of the ingredients and steps you'll need!
- Step 1 - Shred the roast chicken or rotiserrie chicken
- Step 2 - Sauté vegetables in soup pot - carrots, celery and onions
- Step 3 - Add chicken stock and bring to a boil
- Step 4 - Throw in the uncooked egg noodles into the pot
- Step 5 - Add shredded chicken and herbs
- Step 6 - Season and serve!
- add extra chicken stock powder for more flavor and depth
- freeze the chicken bones and carcass from your rotisserie chicken to make a future broth
- use whatever herbs you have, like parsley, sage, oregano or even basil
- save your celery leaves, finely chop and throw them in for extra flavor
- sautéed vegetables have better flavor, but if in a hurry, you can just throw them into the soup
- if using store bought chicken stock, throw in a few cloves of garlic for flavor
I don't know if there is scientific evidence of chicken soup helping aid recovery when you are sick, but I do know that making and eating this Easy Chicken Noodle Soup makes me smile. And maybe that's the first step to boosting the immune system. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- 12 cups of chicken stock or consommé
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 carrots sliced
- 4 celery stalks sliced
- 1 onion diced
- 8 oz /250g uncooked egg noodles
- salt and pepper to taste
- celery leaves roughly chopped
- handful of fresh chopped herbs parsley
- Shred the store-bought roast chicken without skin and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large stockpot. Saute the onions, carrots and celery for about 5-7 minutes until translucent and they start to caramelize.
- Add stock and bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add noodles and simmer for 8 minutes.
- Mix in the shredded chicken and season. Allow to simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Finish by adding the celery leaves, parsley and herbs. Enjoy