Classic Chicken Noodle Soup


From one deeply flavorful chicken broth, F&W's Grace Parisi creates four exceptional soupsPlus:  Great Comfort Food Recipes 

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
The queen of the comforting soups, chicken noodle cures all things. Here, a deeply flavorful recipe for the tried-and-true classic. Photo: © Stephanie Foley
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • One 3-pound chicken, neck reserved

  • 3 1/2 quarts water

  • 4 carrots—2 coarsely chopped, 2 sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 4 celery ribs—2 coarsely chopped, 2 sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 1 unpeeled onion, quartered

  • 1 large unpeeled garlic clove, smashed

  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 large fresh bay leaf

  • 6 parsley sprigs

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 pound thin egg noodles

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a stockpot, combine the chicken and neck, water, chopped carrots and celery, onion, garlic, peppercorns and herbs; bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Discard the skin. Pull the meat off the bones, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and refrigerate.

  2. Return the bones to the pot. Simmer for about 1 hour. Strain the broth into a bowl and rinse out the pot. Return the broth to the pot and boil until reduced to 8 cups, 30 minutes. Season with salt.

  3. Add the sliced carrots and celery to the broth, cover and simmer until just tender, 12 minutes. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the noodles; drain and cool under running water. Add the noodles, chicken and parsley to the pot and bring to a simmer. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot.

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