Chicken Noodle Soup From Scratch With A Whole Chicken

This homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch recipe is not a quick recipe but it is very easy and is a game-changer in flavor. We use a whole chicken with egg noodles. This recipe is for that Sunday that you want to have the incredible smell in the house with some deliciousness on the stovetop and you are not in a rush.

We are using a whole chicken and we are going to create our own chicken stock with it. The combination of these two and a little bonus from the flavor of braising, you are going to get flavor that will take this recipe to the next level.

If you have people in your family that are not big fans of chicken noodle soup I promise you they will become converted.

This soup is the closest you can get to scratch except for not making your own egg noodles. Now, remember it’s simple and easy it just takes time to create the flavor. So don’t be afraid to try it and embrace it and I promise you will be happy!

chicken noodle soup being scooped from a bowl with a spoon

Homemade chicken noodle soup and broth

We are going to create a soup that you’re going to want to make every time you crave chicken noodle. The bonus of this recipe is you will have extra chicken broth that you can use later for other dishes.

The broth that you are going to create makes this soup incredibly healthy for you! Learn what is the difference between broth and stock.

A twist in this recipe is the braising. I have thought long hard about this and tested it and I think it is the best way to add flavor to the broth and infuse incredible flavor into the meat.

You can tell me after you make this soup if its not the best way to get flavor into the meat.

Video – chicken noodle soup from scratch

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 2 white onions
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 8 oz egg noodles
  • 12 cups water

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • chef knife
  • braiser or frying pan
  • pot

7 Steps for chicken noodle soup from scratch with a whole chicken

Prepare the ingredients

All the ingredients for the chicken noodle soup.

It is really important in cooking to have all your ducks in a row and be ready with your ingredients so you can focus on cooking.

Wash the vegetables

You want to give your carrots and celery a good wash under cold water. Wash off any dirt that you can find. We are also trying to get off any pesticides or anything it could have gotten from the farm to your kitchen.

Peel the carrots

Take all the carrots and peel them. Some would not peel the carrots that are going into the broth but you are going to want to peel the carrots that go into the final soup anyway so I just do them all.

Rough chop the braise and stock veggies

prepping the vegetables for the braise and stock

The vegetables that go from the braising to the broth are eventually going to get tossed when you finish making the chicken broth. Now that the vegetables are all washed up and peeled go ahead and…

  • Rough chop 2 carrots and 2 celery for the braise and stock. Chop them into 1/2″ to 1″ pieces.
  • Crush 3 cloves of garlic using the side of your chef knife.
  • Peel an onion and give it a rough chop.
  • Put all the vegetables together in a bowl ready for the braise.

Fine chop the soup vegetables

The vegetables that are going into the soup need a more refined chop. You want them to be the same size so that they will cook the same.

  • Cut the celery and carrots into pieces that are 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick.
  • Peel and chop an onion into 1/4″ pieces.
  • Give 3 cloves of garlic a fine chop.
  • Take all the prepared veggies and put them in a bowl, cover them and store them in the fridge for later.

Prepare the bird

Pat the bird down with paper towels to get the browning that you are looking for. Now, if you don’t want little bits of paper that come off the paper towel you can skip this step but the browning might not be the best. A wet bird won’t brown as well.

Just make sure that you do not wash the chicken in the sink. The days of washing your chicken are over even though your Mom still thinks its a good idea. This article will show you why.

Cut the skin joints

cutting the skin along the joints of the chicken.

I like to take a knife and cut the skin at the joints of the bird. The reason for this is that it makes these parts of the chicken more limp more of the chicken can sit right on the bottom of the pan for browning.

Brown the whole chicken

whole chicken browning in a dutch oven

Browning the chicken is FLAVOR! We are creating the Maillard reaction, which is a big reason most dishes have good taste.

You need to have a pot that will support browning a whole chicken. This is why I created this recipe with a smaller chicken that is about 4.5 lbs. A 6 qt. dutch oven works best for this but you can get away with a 4.5 qt. The benefit of the dutch oven is its ability to retain heat during the braising process.

Prepare the pan

Heat the pan on the stovetop with a medium heat. Dutch ovens really retain heat so sometimes low heat will be all you need. Add the oil to the dutch oven and watch it. At this point, you are trying to get it good and hot for browning. You do not want to burn the oil.

Brown the chicken on both sides

Now that the pan is hot and the chicken is ready to go add it to the pan with the breast side up. After it browns on this side go ahead and flip it so the breast side is down.

During this process it is really important to make sure that you do not burn the bottom of the pan. Those brown bits stuck to the pan are what’s going to bring flavor to the chicken noodle soup in the end.

After the top and bottom are browned as best as possible go ahead and pull the bird and put it to the side for a few minutes while you do the next step.

Saute the vegetables

sauteing the vegetables for the chicken broth

Now we are going to saute the vegetables that are going to be part of the braising and broth.

Saute the onions & garlic

First, add the onions and garlic moving them around the pan. As soon as you get that smell of the garlic and onions coming through go ahead and add the tomato paste.

Cook the tomato paste

Work the tomato paste around the pan to brown it. It is important to cook it a bit but make sure not to burn it. If things are getting too hot at any point and you’re going to burn the fond at the bottom of the pan then add some water to the pan or pull the pan from the heat.

Saute the carrots and celery

Add the carrots and celery and saute them in the pan. Work them around the pan to brown them a bit without burning the garlic.

Deglaze the pan

Now that we have everything sauteed in the pan go ahead and add some water to deglaze the pan. We are talking a small amount of water, about a 1/4 cup, just enough to get all the brown bits off the bottom.

Braise the chicken

whole chicken braising in a pot

Now its time to braise the chicken. Take the whole chicken and add it back to the pan. You want to place it in the middle, breast side up. This way most of the dark meat will be close to the bottom of the pan and more concentrated in the liquid.

The entire reason to braise is to cook the chicken for the soup while also adding flavor from the low and slow cook and the browning of the chicken.

Add water 1/4 of the way up the chicken. You don’t want to much liquid but you want enough that bird can braise without the water totally evaporating.

Keep it at a low simmer that is just barely creating bubbles. Remember we are looking for low and slow.

Now if your looking for a recipe that really breakdowns the braising process check out my recipe how to braise chicken.

Season the bird

Add a little salt and fresh cracked pepper over the bird and the vegetables. You don’t need to go crazy here, just enough to enhance the flavor. We will be seasoning the final chicken soup later.

Add the cover to the pot and let the bird cook on low. This is where the flavor is going to start to develop for this amazingly flavorful chicken noodle soup.

Remove the cooked chicken

chicken being removed from a pot

After about 1.5 hours pull the chicken out of the pot. You are looking for a high temp in the chicken around 190 degrees or until the chicken breast is able to fall off the breast bone.

After a little bit of cooling go ahead and start stripping the chicken off of the bone. Cover it and store it in the fridge until you start making the soup.

Save the bones and the carcass! This is the main ingredient for the incredible chicken broth we are about to make.

Make the chicken broth

chicken in a pot becoming broth

It is time to make the flavor for this soup. I am a huge fan of chicken broth and I love to use it in all kinds of dishes. The beauty of this chicken noodle recipe is that you will have plenty of broth that you can freeze and use another time.

Combine everything from the pot that you braised the chicken in, into a stockpot or if your pot is big enough you can use it for the stock. This should be all the liquid, vegetables, bones and carcass. Add water to the pot covering the top of the chicken carcass.

Bring it to a boil and then a rolling simmer for 20 minutes, skimming the impurity layer that you see on top. You can identify it as the white bubble collecting in areas.

Now create a very lower simmer for the next 3 to 4 hours.

Strain the broth

Now that the broth has simmered for hours it should have broken down the chicken and extracted as much flavor that it can.

Strain the entire pot with the finest strainer you have. You want something fine like a chinois strainer or possibly a cheesecloth after you have removed the majority of the bones in the pot.

Make the soup

onions being saute in a dutch oven

I like to use my smaller dutch oven for this soup recipe. You want a separate pot from the one you created the stock in.

  • Put the pot on medium heat and add a very small amount of the avocado oil.
  • Saute the garlic and onion.
  • After you get the aroma from the garlic and onion go ahead and add the carrots and celery.

Add the broth and chicken

adding broth to the soup pot

Add the majority of broth to the pot that you are using to make the soup. I am able to save an additional 4 mason jars of broth for other recipes.

Add the chicken & water

Pull the chicken out of the fridge and cut it up into bite-size pieces. One thing to watch out for is cutting it up to small and having it disappear when you add it to the soup.

Add 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil, skimming off any more impurities before you taste and season the soup.

Taste & season

Stir the soup well and grab yourself a spoon. The big thing you are looking for is if it has enough salt. Salt plays a huge role in how much flavor you get from the soup.

Keep adding salt and tasting it until you find that it’s perfectly tasty. If you like pepper now is the time to add it. You can always add more salt and pepper to your soup when you eat it too.

Cook the egg noodles

adding egg noodle to soup pot

Bring the water to a boil. After you get a rolling boil go ahead and add the noodles.

Don’t go overboard with the egg noodles. You want to use 8oz. If you use more they will take over the soup. If you find later that you would like more noodles for your leftovers they are easy enough to make and add to the soup.

You want a noodle that is cooked al dente. The noodles should have a little structure but, not mush. As the noodles sit in the soup they are going to continue to cook and get a little bit soggy so pull the soup off the heat before its too late.

Serve the soup

souped served in a bowl

We have made it to the best part of this recipe, the final taste! It is going to be extremely hot and it should be seasoned just right.

You can always season it a bit more, also what goes really nice on this soup is some grated parmesan cheese!

Enjoy and let me know if you made this soup and your thoughts!

Alternative pasta and rice comparisons for the soup

TypePositivesNegatives
Egg NoodlesHolds up well in liquid
Classic flavor and texture
Gets soggy in leftovers
RiceDoesn’t get soggy
Separates well in liquid
Not that classic texture
SpaghettiTypically have on hand
Kids associate with it
Gets soggy in leftovers
Not a classic look
RamenGoes well in soup
Something different
Not a classic
Absorbs a lot of Liquid

Gluten-free noodle alternative

There are so many options today when it comes to gluten-free alternative pasta. Most of the big companies like Barilla are creating all kinds of choices.

Most of them are made of rice, soy, and corn. There are also some made from beans and lentils.

Personally, if you want to make a gluten-free chicken noodle soup I would use good old classic rice!

Leftovers and storage

Cooling soup

When cooling soup, you really need to be careful not to cool it to slow because you can establish some dangerous bacterias. The key is to cool it as fast as possible.

The Danger Zone for cooling is between 40 °F and 140 °F.

  • Use multiple containers to cool faster.
  • Use containers that do not retain heat, like glass.
  • Use shallow containers.
  • Create ice baths to cool the soup.

Refrigeration

Keep the soup in the fridge in sealed containers and it should last at least a couple of days. I always suggest if you’re not going to get to it sooner just freeze it from the start.

Freezing

Freezing soup is a great way to have soup on hand when you need it. Store it in a container that leaves some room in it for expansion.

Reheating

When heating leftovers you want to get them up to a temp of 160 degrees. You can reheat on a stovetop (my favorite) or use that thing they call a “microwave”.

chicken noodle soup in a bowl

Chicken Noodle Soup From Scratch With A Whole Chicken

This homemade chicken noodle soup recipe is not a quick recipe but it is very easy and is a game-changer in flavor. We use a whole chicken with egg noodles. This scratch recipe is for that Sunday that you want to have the incredible smell in the house of some deliciousness on the stovetop and you are not in a rush.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken noodle soup recipe, chicken noodle soup with a whole chicken, homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch, how to make chicken noodle soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 154kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 2 white onions
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 8 oz egg noodles
  • 12 cups water

Instructions

  • Prep
    Prepare all of your vegetables for both your stock and soup. You want to split the vegetables in half. Half for the soup and half for the braise
    Wash the carrots and celery. Peel the carrots and then rough cut your stock vegetables and dice up the soup vegetables. Make sure to keep your soup vegetables all about the same size so that they cook evenly.
    Prepare the whole chicken by cutting the skin at the joints so that the bird can lay flat in the pan and get more browning on the skin.
  • Browning the chicken
    Prepare your pan for browning the chicken by heating up a small amount of avocado oil.
    Add the chicken breast side down to the heated pan with oil and let it brown a few minutes. Go ahead and flip it over once the skin lets go of the pan and brown the other side.
    Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside.
  • Saute the vegetables
    Now saute the roughed chopped onions and garlic until the aroma of the garlic comes through and then add the tomato paste. Work the paste around the pan cooking it a little but make sure not to burn it.
    Add in your rough chopped carrots and celery. Saute them just enough to brown them a little bit.
    Deglaze your pan by adding about a 1/4 cup of water and getting all of the brown bits unstuck from the bottom of the pan.
  • Braise the chicken
    Now we are going to add the whole chicken back into the pan to start braising. Place the chicken breast-side up in the middle of the pan. Add water about a 1/4 of the way up the chicken.
    Season the chicken with salt and pepper, cover and let it sit at a simmer for about 1.5 hours.
    Remove the chicken when the meat is fork tender and will just pull off the bone. Once it is cooled you can start stripping all of the meat off and save for later.
  • Make the chicken broth
    Combine everything from braising the chicken including the carcass, vegetables, and liquid to a pot. Add water to the pot to cover the top of the chicken carcass.
    For me and my pot its about 9 cups of water.
    Bring to a boil for 20 minutes, skim off the impurities (white bubbles)
    Turn to a low simmer for 1.5 hrs
    Strain the broth and discard the carcass and vegetables and you will have your amazing chicken broth!
  • Make the soup
    Saute the vegetables that you diced up for the soup with a little bit of avocado oil. Start by sauteing the onions and garlic and then add in the carrots and celery after you smell the aromas from the garlic and onions.
    Add the majority of broth to the pot that you are using to make the soup. I am able to save another 4 mason jars of broth for other recipes.
    Add 4 cups of water.
    Dice up the chicken that we put aside earlier and add into the soup.
    Bring to a boil and skim any more impurities (white bubbles).
    Taste, Season and add in the egg noddles. Cook noodles al dente and serve!
  • Serve the soup
    I like to serve the soup with grated Parmesan cheese. It really brings great flavor to the soup. It is also great on its own!

Notes

Tips:
  1. Flip the chicken in the braisier to add more flavor to the chicken breast. Also make sure that your braising on low so you dont dry out the chicken breast.
  2. Do your main seasoning to the soup, not the broth. This way you can control the amount of salt.
  3. Prepping all ingredients makes the process so much smoother.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5152IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

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