Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for a TeenAgers Soul

There is nothing that says I love you like a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup for my teen-age and tween-age boys. I’ll be making some this afternoon since they are home from school for the holiday.

I made this recipe up one day when my kids were asking me to make Grandma’s soup. I didn’t have grandma’s recipe so I created my own – and they loved it!!! Now, it’s the thing my friends request when I bring them a meal or have them over to our house in the winter. Here is what I use:

1 – Garlic and Herb Rotisserie Chicken (store-bought)
2 – 14 oz cans of Chicken broth
1 tbsp Oregano
1 tsp parsley
Dozen baby carrots
pinch of celery salt
salt and pepper

Making Homemade Broth
I pull all of the meat off the chicken and set it aside. Then I put whatever is left of the chicken (skin, bones and all) in a large pot with 2-3 cups of water, parsley, Oregano, baby carrots and celery salt. I let it come to a boil, then turn the heat down and allow it to simmer for 20-30 mins Watch to make sure the broth only cooks down but doesn’t all evaporate.

I drain the homemade broth into a large bowl and set it aside. Sometimes I refrigerate it for an hour so I can skim off the fat, but sometimes I just put it back in the pot and finish the soup.

Putting it all together
In a large soup pot, combine the homemade broth with 2 cans of broth( I use both to make sure it’s salty enough), add meat and 4 noodle nests. You can use any kind of noodle, but since Grandma uses noodle nests, I now use noodle nests.

This recipe is so simple. I hope your family and friends enjoy it as much as mine!

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.


  1. Thanks Renee for posting this! I know I will be making it soon– I can’t wait! And my kids can’t either!

  2. Thank you for the recipe. I’m always up for new ones to try. It sounds wonderful.


  3. Mary Beth says:

    Ooo… thanks for this! I was JUST telling my daughter yesterday that we need to find a good recipe for Chicken Noodle soup.

    My daughter will love making it. If her mother made it… it would just go to the dogs… or chickens!

  4. Ha just saw this!! didn’t go far enough down:) thanks much!!

  5. Renee, thanks for the encouragement. I have felt so defeated lately with my children and feeling like I’m not making a difference. I appreciate the new perspective!

  6. Thanks for the words of encouragement and for the recipe. This might sound strange but what’s a noodle nest? I’ve never heard of them before 🙂

  7. If i lived closer, i'd send you some homemade noodles to go with the homemade chicken soup. That's what Mom made for supper tonight!

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