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Classic Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe


    • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), giblets removed
    • 10 cups chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)
    • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
    • 3 celery stalks, sliced
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 8 ounces wide egg noodles
    • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
    • Lemon wedges (optional, for serving)


    Prepare the Chicken:

    Rinse the whole chicken under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper, inside and out.

    Cooking the Chicken:

    In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a simmer over medium heat.

    Carefully add the whole chicken to the pot.

    Add the sliced carrots, celery, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaf, and dried thyme.

    Simmer the chicken for about 1 to 1.5 hours until the chicken is cooked through and the meat easily falls off the bones.

    Remove Chicken and Shred:

    Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a cutting board.

    Allow it to cool slightly, then shred the chicken meat using two forks, discarding the skin and bones.

    Strain the Broth:

    Strain the broth to remove any solids, leaving a clear broth in the pot.

    Return the shredded chicken back to the pot.

    Season and Add Noodles:

    Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.

    Bring the broth back to a simmer.

    Add the wide egg noodles and cook according to the package instructions until they are tender.


    Once the noodles are cooked, remove the pot from heat.

    Ladle the chicken noodle soup into bowls.

    Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

    Optionally, serve with lemon wedges for a burst of citrus flavor.


    Serve the classic chicken noodle soup hot and enjoy the comforting and flavorful meal.

    This classic chicken noodle soup is not only delicious but also perfect for warming up on a chilly day or when you’re feeling under the weather.

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