There’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. It’s a classic comfort food that warms you up from the inside out and makes you feel cozy and loved. While canned soup can be convenient, there’s something special about making it from scratch.
This recipe is simple and easy to follow, even for beginner cooks. It only requires a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. So, let’s get started!
First, gather your ingredients:
– 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 8 cups of chicken broth
– 2 celery stalks, diced
– 2 medium carrots, diced
– 1 medium onion, diced
– 3 garlic cloves, minced
– 2 bay leaves
– 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
– Salt and black pepper to taste
– 8 ounces of egg noodles
Start by heating a large pot over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the diced onion, celery, and carrots until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
Next, add the chicken breasts to the pot and pour in the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and tender. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it into bite-sized pieces using two forks.
While the chicken is cooking, bring a separate pot of water to a boil and cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Once the chicken is shredded, return it to the pot with the vegetables and broth. Add the bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Finally, add the cooked egg noodles to the pot and stir well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes to heat through. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
Serve the homemade chicken noodle soup hot in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or dill if desired. It pairs perfectly with a crusty bread or a simple green salad.