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The World’s BEST Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe + Flu Survival Kit

When the weather turns cold and flu season hits, there is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup!  This recipe is filled with wholesome celery, carrots, and noodles, but made super simple by using rotisserie chicken so you can concentrate on taking care of the family when they need you most! Plus, scroll to the bottom for a great giveaway featuring Braun Thermometers an Amazon gift card to help you build your own Flu Survival Kit.

This really is the world's best homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. So simple but so good! We will be eating this soup all winter!!chicken-soup-recipe

I remember when I was a new mom, the world nearly stopped when my baby got sick for the first time.  Sure enough the weather turned, and soon enough we were in the thick of cold and flu season.  He was right under a year and when I picked him up I could just feel the heat radiating from him.  There is something so helpless not knowing if it is just a little bug or something super serious and there isn’t much you can do!  The one thing I could do was take his temperature.  That way I knew whether I was over reacting, you know… being that mom, or there really was something to worry about.  I am so glad I had an accurate thermometer on hand because once I took it, I knew immediately with it nearing 104˚ I needed to call the doctor right away.

We had a long night of urgent care but in the end he was okay and that is all that matters!  6 years later we have had our share of fevers.  My daughter battled a virus that landed us in the hospital for 3 days and my little one seems to pick up every little thing the other two bring home from school and activities.

These digital thermometers are the best! They are quick, easy and super accurate!

Studies show that I am not alone, as a matter of fact,three out of four moms, regardless of age, list pediatric fever as their number one concern. Fevers are just so scary.  When my daughter had a high fever, our doctor kept in touch with me daily having me monitor her fever with an accurate thermometer to monitor the situation.  We both felt confident that as long as we knew what her temperature was, we could make the right decisions for her care.  Since her fever didn’t go down, we ended up going for treatment in the hospital, but the fact that I was able to know exactly where she was at and how she was doing each moment and share that with my doctor was priceless.  I know that she got exactly what she needed to get better when she needed it.

Having an accurate thermometer is just about what saves my sanity anytime my kids get sick.  With just a degree making so much difference, it is pretty important that you know it is on point.  When my youngest was a baby, just 5 years ago, I had to try to wrangle him still enough to get a read under his armpit, and if I couldn’t well then it was you know where…. To EVERY mother’s delight technology has come so far in these past few years and now you can get some of the most accurate temperature reading with just a touch of the forehead or ear!

These digital thermometers are the best! They are quick, easy and super accurate!

We have had many models of thermometer, but this is hands down my favorite.  No more swiping!  Braun No touch + forehead thermometer offers Braun’s fastest, most comfortable clinically accurate temperature reading.  What is really cool is that Braun technology captures twice as much body heat compared to traditional forehead products. With the confidence of Braun technology, parents can get the same professional accuracy whether gently touching their child’s forehead or from up to two inches away which is especially helpful if your child is sleeping or extra uncomfortable.  While gearing up for the winter season, be sure to get these Braun thermometers and all of your Winter wellness needs at Amazon here.

This is the first time I have used an ear thermometer, and I really liked it!  The Braun ThermoScan® Ear thermometer is the number one brand among pediatricians and moms. What I didn’t know, but love about this one is that the ear canal is the best site to measure a fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply of the brain’s temperature control center.  It is also available nationally at most Mass, Drug and on Amazon here.

The trick is making it with rotisserie chicken. So smart - the method adds so much flavor!

Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

We could talk about cold and flu season without talking about chicken noodle soup.  It seems that no matter how sick my kids are, they always want to eat.  That can be tricky at times since you don’t want to make them feel worse, so I like to stick to tried and true dishes that are easy on sick tummies like chicken noodle soup.

I have a little bit of an obsession with trying out new recipes, combining them with old recipes, and tweaking it all until I finally concoct the one that is SO GOOD that I never need another recipe for that dish again.  Well, let me tell you, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is D-O-N-E.  This recipe is the only one you will ever need.  It is so flavorful.  It is packed with veggies, noodles, and rich chicken flavor.  The best part is that for something so flavor packed, it is so simple to make!  I also know it is the best, because I took a special batch over to one of my toughest critics and two bowls and only about 5 minutes later I got the stamp of approval and told to label this one the WORLD’S BEST.  So there you go!

Seriously the BEST homemade chicken noodle soup you will ever have. You never knew it was so easy to make soup this good and it is even pretty healthy!

The secret ingredient is really the rotisserie chicken for a few reasons.  First, I really love the flavor and texture of rotisserie chicken.  Using it in place of plain chicken breast already adds to the flavor, but to make it over the top, you start the soup by simmering the whole chicken in the broth.  You take the entire chicken, bones and all, and put it right in your pot.  This is also how you make chicken broth and why it has so much amazing flavor, so starting the soup off like this gives it a base of incredible flavor.

The other thing that makes this soup a little extra special is the addition of cornstarch.  Many of the chicken soup recipes I have tried or created over the years does not have this.  The cornstarch helps to bring everything together and makes the broth of the soup just a touch thicker.  I think this is great especially when you are sick because it gives your stomach something to hold on to.  Sometimes when things are too watery it make me feel a bit nauseous, but when there is a bit more texture and weight it can actually feel a lot more settled on an empty stomach.

This is the BEST Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe period!! You HAVE to try this one!

Add this soup to a Braun thermometer and you have the beginnings of a pretty great flu survival kit!  You can print off the full recipe for the soup below, then scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway for a chance to win two Braun thermometers and a $50 Amazon gift card to help round out your flu survival kit.

World's Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe- Using a rotisserie is GENIUS! It makes this so quick and flavor packed!

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World's Best Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken (prepared)
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 96 oz chicken broth
  • 12 oz (1 package) wide egg noodles
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Place the carrots, celery, onions, butter, and poultry seasoning in a large stock pot on medium high heat and sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Place the entire chicken on top of the vegetables and then pour the broth over the top. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While the soup simmers, mix the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Then at the end of the 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the soup and pour the cornstarch mixture into the broth slowly while continuously stirring. Once it is all combined, stir in the noodles and let them cook 6-8 minutes or until just tender.
  4. While the noodles are cooking, remove the chicken meat from the bones and chop it into bite sized pieces. When the noodles are tender, stir the chicken in and mix well.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

If you make this recipe, I would love to hear about it in the comments or tag me on Instagram @easyfamilyrecipes so I can see what you are enjoying!  It absolutely makes my day to hear stories of others enjoying my recipes!

This easy trick makes the WORLD'S BEST chicken noodle soup! You must try this!

Now for some P-R-I-Z-E-S!  I would love to hear about how your family gets ready for the flu!  For a chance to win two Braun thermometers and a $50 Amazon gift card to help round out your flu survival kit, please use the giveaway widget to enter by leaving a comment below sharing how your family prepares for flu season.

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My husband BEGS me to make this recipe at least once a month during the winter! Homemade chicken noodle soup is the best, especially when you have the flu!

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  1. Tina W says

    I don’t feel safe until I have homemade chicken broth in the freezer and plenty of Sprite, apple juice and Clorox wipes on hand.

  2. says

    To prepare my family for flu season, I remind them to wash their hands as much as possible. I also make a trip to the Drug Store and get the necessary over-the-counter medication that helps with the flu symptoms. Also, we take Airborne to help strengthen our immune system.

  3. Estella Csonka says

    Multiple food allergies have led us into a life of clean fresh organic foods.. no processed foods or additives/preservatives. Use only cotton towels/cloths & use only natural cleaners. We also get flu shots yearly at this point. No guarantees but it’s our best way of trying to avoid flu/viruses.

  4. Brigitte Bauman says

    I prepare for flu season by making sure I have a variety of herbal teas available as well as stocking up on cold medicines.

  5. Barb Miller says

    We take immune system boosters, such as vitamin C and minerals. Plus, we wash our hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

  6. James Robert says

    I have a cabinet full of various cough, cold, sore throat, etc. medicines for my 5 kids. I like to start them on what they need as soon as I see they are coming down with something. I also have the forehead thermometer to check on their fever.

  7. Pamela Gurganus says

    My family prepares for flu season by visiting our doctor and getting flu shots. We also are very adamant about properly washing our hands and using disinfectants, etc. We double up on Vitamin C and are sure to get plenty of rest and fluids.

  8. says

    I stock up on over the counter meds, tissues, ingredients for chicken soup, etc. I make sure we wash hands regularly, clean frequently, and try to avoid the germs as much as possible :)

  9. Chris says

    To stay prepared for flu season, my family washes our hands regularly, we drink or consume plenty of vitamin c and try to limit our exposure to places with lots of germs.

  10. allyson tice says

    WE all have gotten our flu shots and then we use hand sanitizer all the time. gotta ward of the flu germies!!!

  11. wen budro says

    We try to keep our immune systems strong by eating right, staying hydrated, and by getting enough sleep and exercise.

  12. Victoria Carlson says

    Our family deep cleans the house and gets air purifiers and humidifiers for the flu season. We also try to take emergen-C everyday to protect ourselves from getting sick

  13. Audra O'Hara says

    I make sure my daughter takes her vitamins every day. I also remind everyone to wash their hands, especially before they eat.

  14. Brenna H. says

    We prepare first and foremost by getting flu shots. Then I try to stay on top of making sure that my son washes his hands constantly and takes vitamins every day.

  15. says

    We prepare for flu season by being sure to take all of our daily vitamins and, if we start to feel under the weather or have been around those who are or get sick right after we are with them, we take extra zinc and echinaea.

  16. Latrecia TB says

    I prepare my pantry and fridge with plenty of veggies and broth to make homemade water based (or broth) veggie soup from scratch. I also stock with various herbal teas and honey in case one of my little ones gets the sniffles….we all know when one child gets it, it spreads since they love on each other.:-)

  17. Linda Petteys says

    We get our flu shot and take precautions like making sure we wash hands thoroughly and often. Also eating well and getting plenty of vitamins that help boost our immune system.

  18. Cathy Frailey says

    To be honest, we’ve never done anything specific and have never gotten it. I think I get bronchitis or sinus infections the most. But your prize package would be a good staple to have – and I can almost smell that soup!

  19. crystal s says

    I have never had to deal with the flu til this year.. I have an autoimmune disease which was just finally diagnosed, so my immune system never allowed the flu bugs in. now im on immunosuppressants and can get sick so easily. This is the first year I had a flu shot, and im becoming a hand sanitizer addict haha. I get paranoid after being around others who have been sick, so it would be a huge blessing to have a great thermometer to monitor my temp when i think i may be getting sick.

  20. natasha lamoreux says

    We keep hands clean as well as our home. Also the kids carry sanitizer while they are fighting germs at school.

  21. Christine H says

    We prepare by making sure we’re eating enough and healthfully. We also are wary of washing our hands when around people who have been coughing or sneezing.

  22. kristim says

    i always get the flu shot ..but also make sure we all get our vitamin c and zinc to help fight anything off and of course make the kids always washing there hands

  23. Leela says

    I always make chicken stock to freeze so I can use it for soup. Last night I made creamy cheesy potato soup with it since I wasn’t feeling good.

    • says

      I might work on that next! It was pretty quick and easy on the stovetop though! I think it would be pretty similar to the stove top version if you want to give it a try!

  24. Inny says

    I’ve been making chicken soup for a long time…making my own stock, etc. no more! This is quick, easy and delicious! A new “go to” recipe❣️

    • says

      Thank you so much for those kind words Inny! That really means a lot! I am so glad that you liked it that much and hope your family is able to enjoy it for years to come.

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