Taste the best Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup ever! Easy homemade stove top soup recipe made from scratch for a comforting and healthy taste of home.
There is nothing quite like Mom’s homemade cooking. Right? Moms always know how to make a meal taste amazing. My mom was one of the very best at making homemade meals that felt like we were wrapped in a blanket of her love.
It’s no surprise to any of our regular readers that we love to use chicken in our meals. One of the favorites is our insanely popular Sensational Chicken Carbonara Recipe. But a close second is the best creamy chicken noodle soup we’ve ever tasted. And it’s all thanks to my Mom!
My mom made the best chicken noodle soup. She always made a hearty chicken noodle soup from scratch whenever anyone got sick. And it was Oh! So good! Just one taste of it made you feel better.
I’ve tried several homemade chicken noodle soups over the years, but nothing quite compares to my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup.
The last time I went home to visit, I raided my mom’s recipe cabinet and found her hearty homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. I couldn’t wait to make it!
It really surprised me just how simple her chicken noodle soup is to make! But like every recipe, I love to take a classic recipe and make it even better. So I used my mom’s original chicken noodle soup and turned it into the best creamy chicken noodle soup I’ve ever tasted!
I’ve since made it a few more times and it has been met with praise from everyone in the family, and several neighbors as well.
Just a couple weeks ago, the husband was feeling under the weather so I quickly threw together the best creamy chicken noodle soup to be waiting for him when he arrived home from work.
And let me tell you, he really appreciated me going to the effort of making him a hearty creamy chicken noodle soup from scratch just to make him feel better.
It’s even better when you use farm fresh chicken! I buy my meat in bulk through a community Co-op called The Savory Butcher. I’m able to get superior quality products at a better price than our local grocery stores can offer.
The meat arrives FRESH from the Farm, never frozen and the chicken is already hand trimmed! So it’s immediately ready to be used, canned or frozen!
If you want High Quality Chicken, Ground Hamburger and Bacon – for less than you pay at the store, you need Savory Butcher!
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How to make the Best Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
As I mentioned, the best creamy chicken noodle soup is actually pretty simple to make. You will need about 30 minutes for prepping ingredients. Or you can make it go even faster and grab prepped veggies from your grocery store.
When I know I won’t have a lot of time for prep work, I cheat and grab the carrots already sliced, diced celery, cauliflower florets, etc. And it really cuts down on the amount of time it takes to prep the soup.
- 3 large chicken breasts - skinned & trimmed
- 1 onion diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped Fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 3 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons Pepper
- 2-3 quarts water
- 2 cups egg noodles
- 1-2 cups cauliflower broken into pieces
- 1 can of whole kernel corn (water and all)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 14.5 oz chicken broth (approximately one can, or can do 2 cups)
- 1/2 cup flour
- Cut chicken into quarters
- Combine chicken, water, carrots, celery, onion, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large stockpot.
- Heat to boiling and simmer until the chicken is tender
- Remove chicken from the broth and shred.
- Combine heavy cream, chicken broth, and flour and whisk until smooth.
- Add cream mixture to stalk and vegetables and stir.
- Add shredded chicken, cauliflower, corn, and noodles to the creamy broth and vegetables in a stockpot.
- Cook 15 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Serve warm.
- This recipe makes approximately 12 quarts. Plenty to feed a large family and have leftovers. Or to share with neighbors.
- To shred chicken - if you have a stand mixer, you can put the chicken in the mixer and beat. It will shred the chicken much faster than doing it by hand.
- This recipe is easy to customize for your own family. If you prefer a lot of vegetables you can increase the amounts of vegetables added. I tend to add more carrots than the recipe calls for.
- For Regular chicken noodle soup: if you don't want a creamy chicken noodle soup, simply omit the heavy cream, chicken broth, and flour. Make the rest of the recipe as instructed and you'll have a delicious regular homemade chicken noodle soup.
- Other variations to this soup that have been tested and taste great include adding zucchini, red pepper, potatoes, and broccoli with the rest of the vegetables in the soup. Simply include the vegetables your family likes and omit the ones your family doesn't like.
- If you don't have an onion on hand, you can also substitute 3 Tablespoons minced onions in place of a fresh onion.
- Parsley - It is best if you can get fresh parsley and chop it yourself. It has a better flavor than dried parsley. There is a difference in the end result. But if you just can't get ahold of parsley you can use dried parsley flakes in its place.
One thing I absolutely love about this recipe is just how easy it is to customize for your family. If someone doesn’t like a particular vegetable, you can easily omit it from the recipe. If you happen to really love a different vegetable not included, you can easily add it.
You can also alter the portions of vegetables to fit your family’s preference. This recipe is typically fairly generous to alternations.
Another fun hack to make this recipe even easier is to use a stand mixer to shred the chicken.
I simply plop the chicken into my stand mixer and turn it on and let the standard beater do all the hard work for me. In a few minutes, all the chicken is shredded for me.
This recipe makes enough to almost fill a large 12-quart stock pot.
This recipe also lends well to making a large batch to freeze for later. But if you want to freeze the soup, don’t add the noodles just yet. Make the recipe as normal. Then portion out soup to freeze. Noodles don’t freeze and thaw well. So just freeze the soup without the noodles. Once you heat up the soup, that is when you will add the noodles and cook just until the noodles are tender.
Another easy alteration is to alter the meat! You don’t have to use just chicken breast. I use chicken breast simply because it’s quick and easy and what I usually have stocked in my freezer.
My mom’s original recipe actually calls for a whole chicken (bone and all). You can also use Chicken legs or thighs! It gives an especially delicious flavor and health benefits if you have the bone still in as you create the chicken stock of the soup.
As you cook the chicken with the vegetables and water, it will extract nutrients from the bones which adds the hearty flavor. These same nutrients from the bones are what is so amazing for treating colds!
After the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken, then remove the meat from the bones. Shred the meat and return to the soup.
You can also use Turkey if it is close to Thanksgiving, or if you don’t have a chicken handy.
And if you prefer to have a regular chicken noodle soup instead of a creamy chicken noodle soup, that is an easy alteration as well! Simply omit the heavy cream, flour and added chicken broth. Cook the rest of the recipe as directed. And you have a hearty homemade chicken noodle soup!
If you want another one of my mom’s classic Soup recipes (also a great freezer meal option) try out this Hearty Hamburger Soup! It’s another favorite for the entire family. Especially when the weather turns cold.
Or try our classic Old fashioned Goulash Soup. Another well-known recipe of my mom’s that all my friends knew and loved.
Wrap up in a blanket with a bowl of the best creamy chicken noodle soup to warm up on a cold winter day. Or just to feel better when you are fighting a nasty cold.
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