Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This homemade chicken noodle soup is hearty and perfectly satisfying for those times you find yourself craving something to warm your heart and soul. No need to make a huge pot, this wonderful recipe will serve one or two people.

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Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food. There’s something magical about a bowl of chicken soup that will warm your soul.

What is it about chicken soup that makes us feel this way? When I begin to feel a little under the weather, this is the soup I crave.

When I’m feeling down and want a big bowl of something comforting, this homemade chicken noodle soup does the trick.

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Small Batch Chicken Soup

If you’re cooking for one or two people, a big pot of homemade chicken soup might seem like too much to make and it certainly might be.

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Leftover soup freezes pretty well, but with this small batch soup recipe you can make it fresh when you’re ready to enjoy it.

It’s also a great recipe to use if you have cooked chicken leftover from a previous meal and fresh vegetables on hand.

This small batch chicken soup recipe will yield 2 to 3 bowls of soup, depending on how big your serving is.

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Ingredients In Chicken Noodle Soup

For this chicken soup recipe, you will need:

  • 2 chicken breasts or thighs
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • carrot
  • celery
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • pasta

Pro Tip: Feel free to add other vegetables to this basic soup recipe. Consider using leftover broccoli, frozen peas or green beans, and corn.

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How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken soup comes together quickly and easily, especially if you’re using cooked chicken.

I especially love using leftover rotisserie chicken that I’ve picked up from the grocery store.

If you aren’t using leftover chicken, consider poaching the chicken. Poached chicken is so easy to do and the chicken always turns out so tender.

How To Poach Chicken

To poach chicken, you just cover the chicken pieces with water and let the chicken simmer on the stovetop until it’s completely cooked through.

The low temperature cooks the chicken gently and results in a tender and juicy piece of chicken.

You can add chopped ginger, fresh herbs or other aromatics to the water if you’d like, or season the water very simply with salt.

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While the chicken is cooking, chop up the vegetables and cook them until they soften.

Pour in 4 cups of chicken broth and let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes.

Slice and add in the cooked chicken and noodles, then simmer until the pasta is tender.

Taste the soup and if necessary, add salt and pepper.

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This chicken soup is hearty, completely satisfying, and so delicious.

Other Single Serving Soup Recipes

You might enjoy trying a few of our favorite homemade soup recipes:

French Onion Soup For One

Minestrone Soup For One

Broccoli Cheddar Soup For One

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Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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Chicken Soup For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main
Keyword: soup
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 chicken breasts , skinless, boneless
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 1 carrot , chopped
  • 1 celery stalk , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried pasta (bowtie, shells or any other type)


  • Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the bottom of a pot. Scatter salt over the top.
  • Pour in enough cool water to cover the chicken by an inch or so.
  • Place the pot of chicken on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the chicken simmer. Remove any foam with a spoon that accumulates at the top during cooking.
  • Check the chicken after 10 minutes. It is done when no longer pink and an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 170 degrees F. (I find the chicken typically cooks in 10-12 minutes).
  • Remove the chicken from the liquid and place on a cutting board to cool. When cooled, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Heat a medium sized pot on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onions, carrot and celery to the pot and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add in the chicken pieces and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the pot, stir and cook until pasta is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 1018mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3500IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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31 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    Wow !!!, I am so glad I stumble upon this page. The 'Chicken Soup For One' got me. I saw the pictures, I
    I read…… I had to do it. It came up PERFECT, savory, to the point, outstanding flavor. Not only that, I used Gluten Free Penne Pasta, and it came up perfect!!!. Congratulations to Ms. Zisk for that recipe.
    Note: I am not a college student.

  2. I plan to try your chicken soup recipe. Here’s the thing: although I barely remember college (a *very* long time ago!), I’m still cooking for one. I’m willing to have leftovers once, but I just don’t want a recipe for anything that serves eight! And having one ordinary-sized refrigerator, I don’t have that much storage room, either. Do you think you could take out the “college” and substitute “cooking solo”, or “cooking for one or two”? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jantique! Yes. When I first started this blog, my idea was to provide recipes for college students but I found that the majority of my readers were NOT college students but still wanted single serving recipes. I have changed the section to “Meals For One” but a few of my older posts still say “college recipe”. I’m so glad you plan to try the chicken soup recipe. It’s one of my favorites. You might also like to check out a few of our other “recipes for one”. 🙂

  3. Joanie,
    Terrific photos–it looks so comforting!
    My daughter is lucky enough to come home for lunch and she loves chicken soup–I like how I could whip this up and she’d have a soup choice for a couple of days.

    1. Kirsten, you daughter is very lucky to be able to come home for lunch. I’m sure she appreciates being able to have lunch with you. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  4. Heather / girlichef

    Perfect! Chicken Soup is my all-time favorite comfort food, and I know this will be well appreciated by any college student (and yes to the rotisserie chix!). 🙂

  5. Soup on the fly–such a great concept! I threw together a broccoli cheese soup last night in under 15 minutes. I often have cooked chicken on hand so your chicken soup will go together fast too. Love it!

  6. This soup looks fantastic! And I love that you linked up other small-batch recipes at the bottom. As a college student myself, a giant pot of soup sounds good BUT eating the same meal for a week definitely doesn’t. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you like the recipes, Valentina! I began this blog for my kids who were in college, I wanted them to have options other than rice with butter 😉

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