chicken, cabbage + noodle soup

Homemade stock, slow cooked chicken and some extra veggies make this soup fabulously hearty and full of flavor.

I really did ask myself, “does the world need another chicken & noodle soup recipe?” Since we’re all here, you know my answer was, YEP! Of course we need one from the meatloaf lady!

I make a variation of chicken and noodle soup every year, but I never really jotted down my ingredients before. I am a firm believer that a good soup or stew can be made from nearly anything in your freezer, fridge or pantry, so documenting or measuring anything seemed a bit silly.

However, I’ve learned my lesson because sometimes I’ll wang-dang a soup and absolutely adore it, only I won’t remember how to recreate it. So, that’s why I finally wrote this bad boy down. And I’m glad I did because it’s pretty dang tasty and just lovely on a cozy winter night.

Chicken, cabbage and noodle soup in a bowl on a marble countertop.

Homemade chicken stock is key!

I know you all know this. And I don’t mean to pull an Ina and say sadly “store bought is fine.” But gosh, any soup just tastes so much more lovely with homemade stock. I swear we bought an extra fridge for the basement solely for me to store all the stock I’ve been making. Eep!

What I love about making stock is that you can throw many different aromatics and herbs into the mix and it will always turn out yummy. So if you don’t have a yellow onion, throw in a shallot, red onion, leeks, or green onion. If you don’t have fresh parsley, use thyme, rosemary, sage or even a smidge of some dry herbs you have on hand. It’s incredibly hard to make a bad stock.

The other great thing is that I make the stock using the chicken I’m going to use in the soup, so making the stock serves two purposes – obvi making the stock and also slow cooking the chicken with all those flavors, so that it becomes so tender and tasty!

I hope you give this recipe a try and I hope that you love it as much as we did!

Chicken and Cabbage Noodle Soup

Chicken, Cabbage & Noodle Soup Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Dutch Oven


For the Stock

  • 1.25 Lbs. Chicken Breasts on the Bone
  • 12 Cups Water
  • 1 Bulb Garlic Unpeeled, cut through equator
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Celery Stalks Keep leaves on
  • 1 Carrot Keep leaves and stem on
  • 1 Tbsp Peppercorns
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Bay Leaves

For the Soup

  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 Carrots, Sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks, Sliced
  • 12 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Cup Chopped Cabbage
  • 3 Cups Pulled-Apart Chicken
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 Lb Wide Egg Noodles
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Chopped Parsley



  • Place all of the stock ingredients into a large dutch oven over high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  • Cook for two hours and skim off any fat that rises to the top.
  • After the two hours, remove the chicken breasts and set aside to cool until they are able to be handled, then shred and set aside.
  • Strain the stock and set aside.


  • Melt the butter in the same large pot you used for the stock over medium heat.
  • Add the carrots, onion and celery and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the stock while stirring and picking up any of the fond from the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the salt, pepper and thyme, cabbage, shredded chicken and frozen peas and turn the heat to high to get to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer this for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In the last 15 minutes, add the egg noodles and continue cooking until the noodles are cooked.
  • Last, add the parsley and stir together.
  • Serve with delicious crusty bread.


Over time the noodles really soak up the stock, so always have some handy to add if needed. OR you can use store bought, I guess. Wink, wink.
Keyword Chicken Dinner, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Soup, Dinner Recipe Idea, Homemade Chicken Stock, Recipe Idea, Soup Recipe, Winter Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup with Cabbage

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