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How to make chicken noodle soup

There are few things more comforting than a warming bowl of soup, especially one you've made from scratch. Tender chicken, veg and delicate herbs are spiralled with noodles for a classic broth that looks and smells vibrant and fresh. Follow our step-by-step recipe to learn how, and don't forget to screenshot the handy ingredients list at the bottom before you go shopping.

  1. Sear the chicken

    Heat the oil in a large, lidded pan over a medium-high heat and sear 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs and 150g boneless skinless chicken breast. Cook on one side for 5-6 mins. Turn and repeat; set aside.

    Sear the chicken
  2. Soften the veg

    Add 1 diced onion, 3 diced carrots and 3 diced celery sticks, and sauté for 10 mins until softened. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves and cook for 1-2 mins.

    Soften the veg
  3. Simmer the stock

    Return the chicken to the pan. Add 1 reduced-salt stockpot made up 2ltrs water, with 5g thyme sprigs and 5g rosemary sprigs and 2 bay leaves, tied with string. Bring to the boil; reduce to a simmer. Partially cover; cook for 20 mins, skimming off any scum. Turn off the heat.

    Simmer the stock
  4. Shred the chicken

    Remove the chicken and shred into bite-sized pieces. 

    Shred the chicken
  5. Add your extras

    Strain the soup into a clean pan; discard seasonings. Add the chicken, heat to boiling and add 400 fresh linguine. Cook for 2 mins. Add 100g green beans, cut into 4cm pieces, and 100g spinach; cook for 1 min. 

    Add your extras
  6. Serve

    Ladle into bowls, adding black pepper and parsley, if you like.

  7. Freezing and defrosting guidelines

    Make this soup ahead of time and save for a rainy day. To freeze, strain the soup (step 5) into a freezer-safe container; discard seasonings. Add the chicken. Cool, cover and freeze. To serve, defrost in the fridge overnight; heat to just boiling. Add the noodles and follow as above. 

    In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

  8. Ingredients

    We’ve made a handy shopping list so you can get everything you need to make this comforting chicken noodle soup recipe. Don’t forget to screenshot before you go shopping!

    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    500g skinless, boneless chicken thighs
    150g skinless chicken breast
    1 onion, diced
    3 carrots, diced
    3 celery sticks, diced
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 reduced-salt chicken stock pot, made up with 2ltrs water
    5g thyme sprigs, tied with string
    5g rosemary sprigs, tied with string
    2 bay leaves
    100g green beans, cut into 4cm pieces
    100g spinach
    400g fresh egg linguine or other noodles
    30g pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped to serve (optional)

    Serves 4

    Each serving contains

    • Energy

    • Fat

      18g 25%
    • Saturates

      4g 22%
    • Sugars

      9g 10%
    • Salt

      1.6g 27%

    of the reference intake
    Carbohydrate 37.4g Protein 39.1g Fibre 7.2g