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Old Fashioned Homemade Chicken and Noodles

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Is there ANY better comfort food than something your mama used to make for you? This Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles Recipe is one of those comfort food recipes we all need in our recipe box! Plus this is an EASY recipe that delivers classic flavor the whole family will love.

Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles

Noodles with Chicken

Thick homemade noodles, perfectly tender chicken, broth thickened by the floury noodles, nothing tastes as perfect. In our home, Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles means NO veggies. Noodles with chicken and nothing else because that’s called chicken noodle soup and that is NOT what we’re making.

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You Can Make This Recipe for with Store-Bought Noodles

If you don’t have time for homemade noodles you can do two different things:

  1. use frozen Reames Homemade Noodles. Simply follow the package directions after you’ve let the chicken cook slowly for several hours.
  2. OR you can use dry egg noodles in place of homemade noodles found in the pasta section of your grocery store. Cook them separately and add them to the finished chicken, and let them cook together for a few minutes
fresh noodles for chicken and noodles

Homemade Noodles

You can use any homemade noodle recipes out there or try mine, they’re a family favorite! The longer you cook them the softer they get. So even picky eaters or noodle snobs will like them because you make al dente or cook them longer for more tender noodles.

But if you make the noodle recipe attached to this post, you are going to be so happy with the thick homemade noodles. Oh so good!

If you have a pasta roller, by all means, USE it. I did! KitchenAid or Handcrank Rollers will work just fine with this recipe. Make the dough, let it rest, roll it out to about setting 2 for thicker noodles. Or roll them to setting 3 for thinner if that’s how you like it. 

What You need:

  • a large pot, at least 4-6 quarts
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts OR leftover chicken (notes in the recipe card!)
  • chicken broth or chicken stock
  • poultry seasoning or italian seasoning
  • sage (if using italian seasoning)
  • bay leaf
  • flour
  • eggs
  • water
  • oil

This is not a meal for busy weeknights

This is a recipe you want to make on the weekend when you have time to cook. Definitely not for the quick and easy weeknight dinner. It takes a little time to make the soup, and roll out the noodles.


If you start with leftover chicken

You can use leftover rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Or if you want to slow cook your chicken before making this soup check out these slow cooker chicken breasts. Just substitute the cooked chicken for the raw and only simmer the chicken long enough for the flavors to infuse and to make the noodles. This makes chicken and noodles so much easier!

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Love Comfort Food?

Love Comfort Food?

Want more comfort food? Try my Old Fashioned Beef and Noodles. Or if you LOVE dumplings in hot soup try this EASY chicken and dumplings or BEEF AND DUMPLINGS, yum!!

Want to Make this in the Instant Pot??

You TOTALLY CAN! These Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles are so quick you’ll be eating dinner in NO TIME! Grab the recipe and get busy!

To store Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop as needed.

Or if you want to slow cook your chicken before making this soup check out these slow cooker chicken breasts.

I made this soup in a 4 quart Dutch Oven, this Le Creuset is the one I use. You can use ANY Dutch Oven you like, cast iron is not required.

Yield: 8 servings

Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles

Old Fashioned Chicken and Noodles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Italian seasonings
  • salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pepper

Fresh Noodles

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oil


  1. cut chicken into bite-size pieces
  2. put 4 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a quick boil
  3. add the chicken, cook briefly, drain chicken and set aside
  4. add the broth to a large dutch oven and bring it to a simmer
  5. add the par-cooked chicken
  6. stir in 1 teaspoon of salt, you may need to add more salt later, this is just to get you started
  7. add 2 teaspoons Italian Seasonings and the bay leaf and stir in as well
  8. cover and let the chicken simmer gently for 60 minutes
  9. meanwhile, make the noodle dough, if using
  10. put the flour and salt in the bowl of a KitchenAid Mixer, mix the eggs, water, and oil together
  11. pour the liquid ingredients in the bowl with the flour
  12. add the dough hook, and run the mixer on low
  13. once it comes together let the machine knead the dough for 1 minute
  14. remove from the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to roll out
  15. once the chicken is tender it's time to roll the dough
  16. set up your machine, dust it with flour, dust a clean counter with flour as well, divide the dough in half or thirds
  17. run it through the machine, on the KitchenAid I went to setting three, those make thick noodles, you can roll it out thinner if you like
  18. lay the finished dough on the prepared counter, sprinkle with a little flour
  19. repeat with the rest of the dough
  20. use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the noodles to your desired size, the bigger the noodles the longer it takes to cook (but fresh noodles cook quickly)
  21. if you've had the broth lose volume during the cooking time, add another quart of water, don't worry it won't thin it down too much, the flavor just gets concentrated and adding water will just make it taste right
  22. bring the broth back to a low boil, add the noodles, stirring as you go, once the noodles are all added, it will start to get thick as the noodles cook and the extra flour adds to the broth
  23. check for doneness after 5 minutes, continue checking until they are cooked to your preference
  24. now is the time to taste for salt and pepper and add as needed

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

4 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Homemade Chicken and Noodles”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing homemade chicken and noodles recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!


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