easy-homemade chicken noodle soup. thukpa recipe





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This made from scratch easy homemade chicken noodle soup inspired by the Tibetan Thupka recipe is packed full of goodness and is a complete one-dish meal. 


Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food.

It’s soothing, warm and something that instantly transports you to childhood memories.

Memories of when mummy made chicken soup when you felt a bit under the weather.

When in doubt of what to cook for dinner or when I have bonny bits of chicken left, I resort to making different versions of chicken soup recipes.

Ingredients for Making  Homemade Chicken Soup

This wholesome, ultra satisfying homemade chicken noodle soup does not require any complicated ingredients to make.

Here are is a snapshot of the ingredients for you will need to make chicken soup from scratch.

Ingredients for homemade chicken noodle soup

Fresh and Pantry Items 

Chicken with bones – 200 gms
Thick Noodles – 150 gms
Onions – 1, chopped
Ginger – 1 inch, minced
Garlic – 3 pods, crushed
Green Chili – 1, chopped or slit from the middle
Spring onion (optional) – 1, chopped
Carrots – 2, diced
Soja Sauce – 2 tbsp
Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
Fresh Coriander Leaves – 1 large handful
Water – 6 cups
Honey – 2 tbsp
Butter/avocado oil/olive oil – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste

Optional Spices for Added Flavour 

If you wish you can add 1 or 2 of the spices listed below to the boiling broth.

Star anise – 1

Cinnamon – 1

Cloves – 3

Peppercorn – 5-8

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup From Scratch With Images – Tibetan Thukpa Style

I always recommend making chicken noodle soup from scratch.

This is because the canned or packed versions are high in sodium and fat besides the additives.

Below is a stepwise recipe with pictures for making Tibetan Style Chicken Noodle Soup.


Fry the pieces of chicken in oil and seal the juices until golden brown on the outside.

Fry chicken to make homemade chicken noodle soup


Add chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies to the pot and saute until translucent.

saute onions for chicken soup


Next, add the chunky pieces of vegetables to the pot and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.

Add vegetables for making healthy easy homemade chicken noodle soup


Now add warm water, coriander leaves stalk or roots and salt to the pot and bring to a slow boil.

Add your chosen whole spice to the broth at this point.

Continue to cover and boil on low flame for about 45 minutes. You can add whole spices such as peppercorn, bay leaves, cloves to the broth for added flavour and health boost.

After 45 minutes, remove the chicken pieces from the broth and add raw noodles and continue to cook.

Make broth for the chicken soup


While the broth is still boiling with the noodles, shred the chicken pieces and set aside for later use.

Shred the chicken peices for easy homemade chicken noodle soup


Finally, when the noodles are almost cooked ( leave it slightly al dente ) add fresh coriander leaves, chopped spring onions, lemon juice and the shredded pieces of chicken back in the pot.

Boil for another 2 minutes remove from heat and serve hot.

easy-homemade chicken noodle soup. thukpa recipe

Cooking Tips For Making Chicken Noodle Soup at Home

  1. The step one of sealing the chicken in oil is an optional step. You can skip this step and stir fry chicken, onions and the vegetables together for 4-5 minutes to save cooking time.
  2. Frying the chicken and continuing to saute vegetables in the same fat gives the broth a  richer flavour.
  3. Using chicken pieces with bones is best. Use any back or next piece you have to add to the broth.
  4. Adding whole  spices adds more health benefits and flavour to the broth. Remember to take them out before serving. 
  5. If possible, use coriander leaves with roots. Break the stalks off from the roots and add to the broth for added freshness.
  6. Thick noodles go best with this chicken noodle soup recipe.
  7. Do not overcook the noodles as till will make the soup too sloppy.
  8. Do not use green chillies in the beginning if you have children who do not enjoy the heat. You can add them later at the end to the soup as a garnish.


easy homemad chicken noodle soup recipe

Is Chicken Soup Healthy ?

This recipe is one of the best easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe you can make.

This dish is based on the Tibetan style of making Chicken Noodle soup called ‘Thukpa’.

Thukpa is also popular in Nepal and Burma .

The cold mountainous region make this the ultimate one-dish  Healthy homemade chicken noodle soup.

Homemade soup not only tastes better but is also easy to make and wholesome for the entire family.

Everyone from a baby to an adult can enjoy a hot bowl of soup packed with the flavour and good health.

Loading it up with fresh vegetables such as carrots, beans, mushrooms, bakchoi and noodles makes is a wholesome awesome one-pot meal for the whole family.

This is a chunky chicken needle soup as the vegetables are diced or cut in large chunks, which makes the job easy.

On days when I am not too keen on stirring or chopping, I know a steaming pot of homemade soup will save the day!

Benefits of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

A well made soup has the magic to strip away the tiredness, anxiousness and give you warmth and pleasure.

That is why they say, ‘ Chicken soup is for the soul! ‘

Apart from emotionally uplifting, chicken soup is good for cold.

  1. Chicken soup helps to strengthen immunity and fight off cold viruses, including a runny nose and cough.
  2. A homemade chicken noodle soup is supplemented by added vitamins and minerals when you add ingredients such as onions, garlic, carrots, coriander, any greens, and chicken.
  3. It is also great for keeping you hydrated when you aren’t feeling well.  Chicken soup is filled with electrolytes and helps in recovering from illness.
  4. The natural salts, the warm soup and steam can be very beneficial in helping to clear mucus membranes and soothe irritated passageways in your nose and throat.
  5. Assists in weight loss and controlling body mass. Chicken soup is low in calories and provides a balanced diet of proteins, minerals, vitamins and carbs in one pot
  6. Don’t know if you believe it or not but Chicken soup has been known to be beneficial in giving an emotional and psychological lift to your spirits. The warmth and the homemade taste can make a person feel better physically, emotionally and mentally.

Other Winter Warming Drinks To Try

Imagine sipping on a bowl of large healthy chicken soup at the end of long tiring cold day day!

Just want the soul and the body needs.

If you are looking for an instant winter warming drink any time of the day then here are my two goto’s.

  1. Indian Spice Tea or Masala chai for mornings and afternoons
  2. A selection of natural herbal teas warm teas that are good for cold.

Do you have a Chicken Noodle Soup recipe to share?

I love to make all kinds of chicken soup, would love to hear your versions too.

Please leave a comment about this recipe and share it with others if you like it.

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Chicken with bones - 200 gms
Thick Noodles - 150 gms
Onions - 1, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, minced
Garlic - 3 pods, crushed
Green Chili - 1, chopped or slit from the middle
Spring onion (optional) - 1, chopped
Carrots - 2, diced
Soja Sauce - 2 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
Fresh Coriander Leaves - 1 large handful
Water - 6 cups
Honey - 2 tbsp
Butter/avocado oil/olive oil - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
*Ingredients Needed


Clean the chicken pieces well and brown it in hot oil/butter til it changes in colour.
In the same deep pot, add the onions, ginger and garlic and saute till it becomes translucent for about 5 mins.
Now add the carrots, green chili and stir fry for another 2 minutes
Next add water, peppercorns, bay leaves to the chicken and once it comes to a boil add salt and half of the coriander leaves with stalk or coriander roots.
Let the chicken simmer in low heat for 30 to 45 minutes until the chicken is nice and tender and falls off the bone.
Remove the chicken pieces from the broth and shred into chunky pieces and set aside. Put the bones back into the broth so that it continues to release its flavour.
Lastly add the noodles, soya sauce and boil till the noodles are almost cooked. Take care not to over do the noodles as it becomes too sloppy.
Finish off by adding fresh coriander leaves, spring onions, honey, lemon juice and the chicken pieces back into the broth, stir well cook for 2 minutes more and serve hot.