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Nature’s Cold Remedy: Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

There may not be a cure for the common cold, but I can’t deny the healing effects of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Other natural immune boosters include shiitake mushrooms; so, during cold and flu season, I like to supercharge my soup.  If you’re thinking that making homemade chicken noodle soup is difficult, think again.  Try my supercharged recipe:

Toni’s Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Nature’s Cold Remedy: Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Nature’s Cold Remedy: Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


  • chicken breasts- 1 1/2 lbs (2 trimmed breasts), diced into 1-inch cubes
  • poultry seasoning (a good poultry seasoning will include herbs like rosemary and thyme, like Lawry’s Perfect Blend)- 3 tablespoons
  • chicken broth- 1 quart
  • white onion- 1/2, minced
  • carrots- 2, peeled and diced
  • celery- 2 leafy stalked, diced including leafy part
  • shiitake mushrooms- 8 oz. (1 small package), diced
  • egg noodles- 2 cups uncooked
  • olive oil- 2 tablespoons


  1. In large soup pan or dutch oven; heat olive oil over medium-high heat
  2. Add chicken, and while seasoning with poultry seasoning, saute until just cooked (not thoroughly)
  3. Add broth
  4. Add onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms
  5. Bring to boil over medium-high heat
  6. Once boiling, cover and let simmer until vegetables are tender, approximately 15 minutes
  7. Once vegetables are tender, raise heat to medium-high and bring to boil
  8. Add noodles and boil until tender, approximately 4 minutes

Natural vs. ….well, Not

Ingredients are the tell-all when it comes to how nutritious something is.  Even without the mushrooms, this soup is so packed full of natural vitamins; I can’t even think about reaching for the canned condensed stuff.  Let’s see how they stand up side-by-side with this sampling of ingredients:

Homemade                                    Condensed

  • Chicken                               mechanically separated chicken
  • Onion                                   onion powder
  • Carrots                                monosodium glutamate
  • Celery                                  soy protein
  • Shiitake Mushrooms      yeast extract
  • Egg Noodles                     sodium phosphates


If you want to include this recipe into your menu planning, my Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is also part of The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System!

Be well!

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