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  • Writer's pictureElisa Juarez

The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

"My first Wisconsin winter was so cold, all I wanted to eat was homemade chicken noodle soup. This recipe is in heavy rotation from November to April and has some incredibly devoted fans." —Gina Nistico, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Recipe featured on Taste of Home,


  • 2-1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 10 cups chicken broth

  • 4 celery ribs, chopped

  • 4 medium carrots, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 3 cups uncooked kluski or other egg noodles (about 8 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Pat chicken dry with paper towels; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches, skin side down; cook until dark golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Remove chicken from pan; remove and discard skin. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons.

Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan. Add celery, carrots, bay leaves and thyme. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until chicken is tender, 25-30 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a plate. Remove soup from heat. Add noodles; let stand, covered, until noodles are tender, 20-22 minutes.

Meanwhile, when chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to stockpot. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Adjust seasoning with salt and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove bay leaves.

Yield: 10 servings (3-1/2 quarts).

Originally published as The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2016, p16

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