There’s something undeniably comforting about a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup. It’s the quintessential cure-all, the taste of home, a warm hug on a chilly day. And our classic recipe is sure to bring back all the happy memories and leave you feeling satisfied and content.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken (around 4-5 pounds), cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken pieces, chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, shred the chicken meat with two forks.
  5. Return the shredded chicken to the pot. Add the egg noodles and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the noodles are tender.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley (optional) and serve hot.

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Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces.
  • If you don’t have thyme or bay leaf, you can substitute dried oregano or marjoram.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables to the soup, such as potatoes, green beans, or peas.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the pot or microwave.

More than just a meal, this classic chicken noodle soup is an experience. The aroma that fills your kitchen as it simmers is pure comfort, and the first bite is a warm hug for your soul. It’s the perfect antidote to a cold day, a busy week, or simply a case of the blues. So gather your loved ones, pull up a chair, and rediscover the joy of a simple, timeless dish that never goes out of style.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to try any variations.