Spicy Noodle Chicken Soup! This delicious homemade chicken soup is like a warm hug in a bowl, perfect for soothing your soul and nourishing your body.
The (not head-blowing) spicy broth will warm you up from the inside out, while the chicken and noodles will keep you full and satisfied. Its super easy and can be made all in one pot.
Who doesn’t love a big bowl of spicy chicken noodle soup? Its nourishing, delicious, and you can make it so easily at home! Its just takes some basic fresh pantry staples and the chicken to make a dish that makes you feel like you’re being hugged from the inside out.
The key to the incredible flavor of this dish is the chicken breast. I love cooking this soup with chicken breast but you can also use bone in chicken thghs for additional flavor or a combination of both. Its delicious when slow cooked and by the end of cooking the chicken will be tender and melt-in-your-mouth.
Also the broth will be rich and packed full of those delicious flavors.
Why You Need to Make This Recipe
I love this homemade soup so much, its pretty easy for me to gush about the reason you should make it! Here are just a few reasons why you’re going to love this dish:
- Beginner friendly: Even if you’re just getting started with cooking, you will be able to make this soup. It just takes some simple, easy to learn skills for it to come out super delicious.
- One pot wonder: Cooking at home can sometimes be intimidating because doing the dishe afterwards is such a pain. This soup minimizes dishes by cooking everything all in one pot.
- Simple ingredients: This soup is made using basic fresh ingredients that you might already have on hand in your vegetable drawer and pantry. No complicated ingredients, no stress.
- Versatile way of cooking: other than the stove top, you can also cook chicken noodle soup in an instant pot or slow cooker.
- Fresh and healthy: all of the ingredients used in making this recipe are nutrient packed and will provide your body with all the goodness it needs
- Freezer friendly: this is one soup you should always have in your freezer. It keeps in the freezer for up to 6 months but I like to store it for just about 3 months for uptimum freshness and quality.
What you will need
To make this easy homemade spicy noodle soup you will need the following handful of ingredients
- Skinless boneless chicken breast: sustitute with bone in chicken breast or chicken thighs
- Dried egg noodles: substitute with pasta
- Olive oil: substitute with butter or any other flavorless cooking oil of choice
- Dried chili
- Cayenne pepper
- Chicken stock powder: I used this in place of chicken broth, skip this if you will be cooking the soup with chicken stock or broth.
- Herbs de provence: substitute with Italian seasoning or oregano and basil
- Fresh parsley to serve
How to Make Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup
Add olive oil to a soup pot on medium-high heat until hot. To the hot oil add chopped carrots, celery, and onions, and saute until soft and fragrant, say about 3-5 minutes.
Add Herb de Provence, chopped garlic, and ginger and saute just until fragrant stirring constantly so that the garlic and ginger do not burn.
Pour water into the mirepoix vegetable, add chicken stock powder, turmeric, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to taste, and stir to combine. Slowly bring to a boil say for about 2-3 minutes for the flavors to meld.
Add chicken breast pieces to the pot, and partially place the lid over it then bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken breast is tender.
Remove the chicken to a plate and shred or cut to cubes (I like mine shredded), in the meantime, add the noodles or broken pasta to the pot, place the lid back on the pot, and cook until the noodle is al dente. It cooks in about 4 minutes so do keep an eye so that it doesn't get too soft or sloppy.
Finally, return the shredded chicken back into the pot, stir to combine, and check for salt and other seasonings then adjust to taste. Also, add more water or stock if need be.
Simmer for another minute or two and just before you take the soup off the add, stir in lemon juice and chopped parsley. Ladle the spicy chicken noodle soup into a bowl and enjoy.
How to Store Your Soup
Storage: Allow the soup to come to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to three days.
Reheating: If you have a microwave, the easiest way to warm up this soup is with a few minutes in there. But you can also place the soup in a small pot on the stove and bring it to the boil. You want the chicken to heat all the way through for it to be safe to eat.
Freezing: This soup freezes really well so I encourage you to make extra to stock up your freezer.
Simply portion the soup into freezer safe plastic containers or Ziploc bags. Label and date them before placing in the freezer for convinience.
What to Serve With Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup
No soup is complete without something to dip it into!
Now this can be simple French bread from the grocery store or some delectable homemade creation; as long as you have something to soak up the soupy goodness.
My favorite thing to do is make a crusty French Country loaf. But if you’re not a pro baker, why not start off with a quick no-knead bread recipe to start your bread journey?
Variations for chicken noodle soup
One of the best things about this is soup is that its versatile. There are a few different options you have once you have this base recipe down. The base recipe for this is one of my favorites but I do love mixing it up to test my tastebuds a little.
Here are a few ways to change up this spicy chicken noodle soup:
Make spicy Mexican tortilla soup- All you need to do is add some blended roasted tomatoes before topping the soup with crunchy tortilla strips, corn, sour cream, and guacamole. I would also add a little extra cumin or taco seasoning to add the signature Mexican spice.
Thai chicken soup- To make this recipe more Thai, add lemongrass at the aromatic stage and leave it in the soup to infuse as it cooks. Be sure to remove before serving.
Lemon chicken soup- Lemon goes with chicken so perfectly and it adds an extra burst of vitamin C to this soup. Add the fresh juice to the soup at the end and add the zest to the veggies during cooking.
Let the chicken cook: It is important that the chicken cooks slowly for maximum flavor so don’t worry that itt will may get tough. The longer it cooks the more melt-in-the mouth the texture will be without the meat getting overcooked.
Add the noodles later: If you are not going to be serving the chicken soup immediately then it may be best to add the noodles later as it cooks quickly and can go too soft if left for too long in the broth.
Use Rotisserie chicken or leftover shredded chicken instead for quicker soup instead of fresh chicken if time if off the essence. Follow all the steps in this recipe and add the cooked chicken about the same time you add the dried noodles.
What are the best spices for chicken soup (dried or fresh)
Chicken is such a versatile meat that there are a lot of options when it comes to herbs and spices. Here are a few spices and herbs you can add to chicken soup to make it flavorful:
Is chicken noodle soup good for cold
While chicken soup isn’t an actual cure, you can’t tell me that a bowl of chicken noodle soup doesn’t make you feel better when you’re sick. Well there are reasons for that.
Firstly, the hot soup will keep you hydrated, which is very important when you are sick. The second factor is the steam. Drinking a steaming liquid will help open up your airways temporarily and give you some relief.
How to freeze chicken soup
When freezing chicken noodle soup (spicy or not), it is important to allow the soup to cool completely before freezing. Once the soup has cooled, portion it into a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag. This will help prevent leaks and spills in your freezer. If you are using containers, line the top of your soup with plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn.
If using freezer bags, make sure to remove as much air as possible. This will help preserve the quality and flavor of the soup for a longer period. Label the container or freezer bag with the date and contents to keep track of its storage time.
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Spicy Noodle Chicken Soup
- 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
- 2 ½ cups dried egg noodles
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 celery stalks chopped
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup brown onion chopped
- 1 Tablespoon chicken stock powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic paste
- ½ Tablespoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon dried chili
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ Tablespoon herbs de provence
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- Fresh chopped parsley to serve
- Add olive oil to a soup pot on medium-high heat until hot. To the hot oil add chopped carrots, celery, and onions, and saute until soft and fragrant, say about 3-5 minutes.
- Add Herb de Provence, chopped garlic, and ginger and saute just until fragrant stirring constantly so that the garlic and ginger do not burn.
- Pour water into the mirepoix vegetable, add chicken stock powder, turmeric, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to taste, and stir to combine. Slowly bring to a boil say for about 2-3 minutes for the flavors to meld.
- Add chicken breast pieces to the pot, and partially place the lid over it then bring to a boil for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken breast is tender.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and shred or cut to cubes (I like mine shredded), in the meantime, add the noodles or broken pasta to the pot, place the lid back on the pot, and cook until the noodle is al dente. It cooks in about 4-5 minutes so do keep an eye so that it doesn't get too soft or sloppy.
- Finally, return the shredded chicken back into the pot, stir to combine, and check for salt and other seasonings then adjust to taste. Also, add more water or stock if need be.
- Simmer for another minute or two and just before you take the soup off the add, stir in lemon juice and chopped parsley. Ladle the spicy chicken noodle soup into a bowl and enjoy.
And there you have it, a simple and delicious homemade chicken soup recipe you can make at home under 1 hour. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @cheapchickenrecipes on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest or make it on Tiktok. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox every week.