Recipe by Mark Bittman
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Put 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

  • Put the chicken in the pot, skin side down, sprinkle with salt, and cook, undisturbed, until browned, 5 or 6 minutes. Trim and peel the onion. Trim and peel the carrots. Trim the celery stalks, reserving any leaves. Cut the onion, carrots, and celery stalks into 1/2-inch chunks. Peel 4 garlic cloves and smash them with the flat side of a knife blade.

  • Add the vegetables and garlic to the pot with the chicken. Add 8 cups water, stirring to scrape the chicken and any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add 5 bay leaves and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

  • When the broth comes to a boil, adjust the heat so that it bubbles steadily. Cook, undisturbed, until the meat begins to loosen from the bones and is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Chop the celery leaves.

  • When the chicken is beginning to fall off the bone, bring the broth to a rolling boil and add 8 ounces egg noodles. Start tasting after 5 minutes; when the noodles are tender but not mushy, turn off the heat.

  • Fish out the bay leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning, divide the soup among 4 bowls, garnish with celery leaves, and serve.

Herbed Bone-In Chicken Noodle Soup:

Prepare as above, except in Step 2, add 4 sprigs fresh sage or oregano or 2 sprigs rosemary to the pot with the chicken. Remove them when you take out the bay leaves.

Dilly Bone-In Chicken Noodle Soup:

Prepare as above, except tie 1 bunch fresh dill together with twine. In Step 2, add it to the pot with the chicken. Remove the dill when you take out the bay leaves.


"Nothing browns until it's dry," says Mark Bittman. Dry the chicken thighs with paper towels to speed up the browning process and reduce splattering.

Nutrition Facts

798 calories; 45 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 9 g polyunsaturated fat; 20 g monounsaturated fat; 265 mg cholesterol; 502 mg sodium. 790 mg potassium; 51 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 46 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 7108 IU vitamin a; 7 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 14 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 161 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 79 mg calcium; 4 mg iron;

Reviews (1)

41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5.0 stars
Made tonight. Was absolutely delicious. I shredded the chicken before serving.
Rating: 4 stars
Good recipe. Enjoyed the flavor that browning the meat added to the soup. Was surprised that the recipe didn't instruct to remove the chicken from the bone after cooking. This is a step I added. Otherwise fabulous!