Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a timeless and comforting dish that has been a classic dish passed down for generations. The recipe calls for tender chicken, wide egg noodles and your favorite vegetables in a delicious bowl.

grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe
grandma’s chicken noodle soup recipe

Everyone loves a quick and hot bowl of soup full of flavor on cozy evenings. Today I am here with my grandmother’s traditional recipe, which was everyone’s favorite. I learned the recipe directly from her, and now I’m eager to share this classic and perfect recipe of my grandmother’s chicken noodle soup with you. The recipe is easy and beginner-friendly, everyone, be it a novice or an expert chef, can make this Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe without any hesitation!

If you like this amazing Grandma’s chicken noodle soup recipe, don’t forget to try some of my other favorite soup recipes that just take under 30 minutes to cook and serve, like longhorn potato soup, medieval times tomato bisque soup, fish maw soup and my most favorite busy day soup.

Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Making grandma’s chicken noodles soup is pretty easy. you just need some basic and simple ingredients oftenly used in your kitchen like butter, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, shredded chicken, chicken broth and egg noodles. Now you can use any noodles to make it your own signature dish, you can make changes of what you want about ingredients like broth, chicken and noodles. This is all up to you, just follow the basic formula of recipe, and add your favorites to make it your favorite bowl of soup.

Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Ingredients for Grandma’s chicken noodles soup recipe

Vegetable oil/Butter: Use 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter for recipe. You can also use canola oil or olive oil for the recipe.

Chicken broth: Use 12 cups of chicken broth. You can make chicken broth at home from scratch, or use pre-made broth.

Celery: Use 1 cup freshly chopped celery for the recipe. Celery adds the crunchiness to the soup.

Onion: Use 1 cup of chopped onion. You can use white or yellow onion for the recipe.

Garlic: Mince 2,3 cloves of garlic to add fragrance in the soup.

Chicken: Use 3 cups diced, cooked chicken meat. you can use leftover chicken for the recipe.

Wide Egg Noodles: Use 2 1/2 cups of wide egg noodles for the recipe. You can make egg noodles at home from scratch, or use pre-made egg noodles.

Poultry Seasoning: Use 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning to enhance the flavor of soup.

Salt: Salt is an important ingredient to add flavor of soup. Add 1 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and then taste the soup and set it according to your taste.

Cornstarch: Cornstarch is used to thicken the soup. Use 1/3 cup of cornstarch with some water to make a roux and then add in the soup.

Water: Use 1/4 cup of water to add in cornstarch to make roux to thicken the soup.


How to make Grandma’s Chicken Noodles Soup

Step 1

Take a deep soup pot, and melt butter into it. Allow it to melt over low to medium heat. Add chopped onion, celery, carrots and minced garlic and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the veggies become tender.

Step 2

If you’re using raw boneless chicken, add in the pot, and cook for a minute, Add chicken broth and let it boil. In this step, you can add fresh thyme to add fresh and vibrant flavor in the soup. To add tangy flavor, add lemon zest in the soup. Simmer the soup for 15 to 20 minutes on low heat. Check the chicken breast, if it has tendered, bring it out, and make small pieces. Then add the chicken into the soup.

Note: If you are using leftover chicken, don’t need to boil the chicken into the soup, just shred it into small pieces and add into the soup.

Step 3

Add salt and freshly ground pepper as per your taste.  Add raw wide egg noodles directly into the soup. And simmer the soup for 10 to 15 minutes. If you like, you can boil the noodles ahead of time and then add it to the soup in the last 5 minutes before turning off the flame. 

Step 4

After 15 minutes, make roux by mixing cornstarch and water, and add it into the soup. Cook it for 3 to 5 minutes and remove it from heat. If you like the tangy flavor, add some drops of lemon.

You can add fresh chopped parsley and dill to the soup to add freshness into the soup. Taste the soup and remove it from heat. Serve hot and enjoy the delicious Grandma’s chicken noodles soup!


Tips & Variations

Chicken Broth: If you have time, consider making chicken broth at home, it will take the flavor of soup to another level, and you will feel it.

Wide egg noodles: Normally we boil noodles and than add in the soup, but you can add noodles directly to the soup in last 15 minutes. just keep in mind, not to cook the noodles completely in the soup over flame, over-cooked noodles can change the texture of soup.

Chicken: You can use leftover shredded chicken in the soup, and if you are using raw chicken, consider using boneless chicken breasts. You can add chicken breast in the soup and boil it while simmering the soup in low flame, than cut it into small pieces and add into the soup.

Seasoning: You can use fresh thyme and basil for the soup to enhance the flavor of soup, moreover you can add lemon zest and a splash of lemon to make the soup more tangy and zesty.

Can I Make the Soup Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! the soup freezes well. you can make the grandma’s chicken noodle soup ahead of time, and freeze it for later use. Just one thing to keep in mind, if you are making soup for freezing or for future use, don’t add noodles at that time. Make the soup according to recipe, and add noodles when to serve the soup. This will help to keep the soup freeze for longer time period.

How to store the leftover Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup?

If you have leftover Grandma’s chicken noodle soup, consider following some simple steps to store the soup for future use:

Allow the soup to cool completely before storing it.

Use an airtight container or airtight plastic bag to store the soup.

Label the soup container or bag properly.

If storing in refrigerator, consider using the soup within 3 to 4 days.

If you have larger batch, store it in freezer. It can be stored in freezer for up to three months.

How to reheat the leftover soup?

If you are going to enjoy the leftover chicken noodle soup, simply reheat the soup on stovetop or in microwave. Try to avoid adding the noodles before storing the soup, and add the noodles, when you are going to enjoy the warm bowl of soup. Consider using the soup within the due date to enjoy it with its fresh flavors.

Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Recipe by Zanib MughalCourse: SoupsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Grandma’s chicken noodle soup recipe is a delicious and heartwarming recipe made with chicken, wide egg noodles broth and some traditional spices to make it more vibrant and flavorful.


  • Wide egg noodles – 2 ½ cups 

  • Butter – ¼ cup

  • Chicken broth – 12 cups

  • Salt – 1 ½ tablespoons

  • Freshly ground pepper – 1 teaspoon

  • Chopped celery – 1 cup

  • Chopped carrots – 1 cup

  • Chopped onion – 1 cup

  • Minced garlic cloves – 4

  • Cornstarch – ⅓ cup

  • Water – ¼ cup

  • Cooked chicken meat – 3 cups (diced)

  • Fresh thyme

  • lemon zest – 1 lemon

  • A splash of lemon drops


  • Melt butter in a deep soup pot, add chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped carrots and celery and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the veggies become tender.grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe
  • Add chicken broth and let it boil. Add fresh thyme and lemon zest, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe
  • Now season the soup with salt and freshly ground pepper as per your taste.grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe
  • Add raw wide egg noodles directly into the soup. And simmer the soup for 10 to 15 minutes.grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe
  • Make a paste of cornstarch and water and add it in soup to thicken, cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, and add a splash of lemon juice.grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe
  • Serve hot and enjoy the delicious Grandma’s chicken noodles soup!
    grandma's chicken noodle soup recipe

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Your Queries Got Answered!

Can I use boneless, skinless chicken for the recipe?

Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken pieces for a quicker version. Just reduce the cooking time accordingly.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store leftover chicken noodle soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply warm it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I make this soup in advance for a future meal?

Absolutely! You can make the soup ahead of time and freeze it for future busy days. Store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

What are some good side dishes to serve with chicken noodle soup?

Crusty bread, crackers, a side salad, or even a grilled cheese sandwich are excellent accompaniments to this soup.

Can I use different types of noodles in this recipe?

Yes, if you are run out of wide egg noodles, or don’t like it, you can use a variety of noodles. Just adjust the cooking time based on the package instructions for the type of noodles you choose.

What gives homemade chicken soup more flavor?

To add flavor in soup, consider using homemade broth or stock, simmering the ingredients, like chicken, vegetables and herbs for longer time period and allow the flavors to meld and deepen.

How to make homemade soup tastier?

To make homemade soups delicious, use quality stock, blend herbs and spices thoroughly, and don’t skimp on fresh ingredients like garlic, onions, and vegetables.

What makes chicken noodle soup thicken?

Starch of noodles and vegetables thickens the chicken noodles soup. just simmer the soup for longer time period to release starch, and creating a heartier texture.

How to make chicken soft in soup?

Simmer the chicken for an extended time period to make it soft in soup. simmer it until it becomes tender and easily shreds with a fork.

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