Chef John’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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This soul-warming soup is deliciously simple -- just chicken and noodles.
cook 20min
cook 20min
cook 8

What's in it


1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup diced carrot

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced celery

1 pinch salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

2 tablespoons melted chicken fat

2 quarts roasted chicken broth (see footnote for recipe link)

4 ounces uncooked wide egg noodles

2 cooked boneless chicken breast halves, cubed

1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

How to cook it


  • Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in carrot, onion, celery, salt, and fresh thyme. Stir in chicken fat; cook and stir until the onions turn soft and translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Stir in roasted chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Season to taste with salt, if necessary; stir in egg noodles and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked chicken breast meat and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste.