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Creamy Chicken and Noodles Recipe, Classic Comfort

My Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe is tender egg noodles and chunks of chicken smothered in creamy chicken broth gravy.

Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes in a blue stoneware bowl on a concrete counter. A turquoise pitcher with sunflowers and a turquoise and white striped tea towel are in the background.
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Homemade Chicken and Noodles are simple comfort food your family will ask for over and over, again! If you love homemade chicken soup, this recipe is for you!

No Cream of Chicken Soup

No cream of chicken soup is necessary for this recipe. The creamy gravy is made from flavorful, chicken-y chicken broth, a little all purpose flour and whole milk.

I know many chicken and noodles recipes rely on cream of chicken soup to create the gravy or sauce. And, I can see where they’re coming from. But you’re going to be able to create luscious, flavorful and creamy gravy in your chicken and noodles all from scratch.

So, save your cash and lets make chicken and noodles the delicious and economical way.

A Classic Family Favorite

We love this Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe served over mashed potatoes, but you can certainly serve them on their own as a delectable homemade soup.

Creamy Chicken and Noodles begin as a flavorful, life-giving homemade chicken broth recipe. The aroma and flavor are simply unmatched.

You can definitely purchase chicken broth at the store and make this chicken and noodles recipe. In a pinch, I’ve done that myself. Though, you may find you need to zhudge the flavor a bit with chicken base or chicken bouillon.

But, you won’t really experience ALL that scrumptious Chicken and Noodles can be until you try them with homemade chicken broth. The flavor is so much deeper, richer and chicken-y.

Homemade noodles and chunks of tender chicken swimming in a creamy chicken gravy that YOU created is going to be one of your family’s new favorite meals!

Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes in a blue stoneware bowl on a concrete counter. A turquoise pitcher with sunflowers and a turquoise and white striped tea towel are in the background.

The Ingredients

  • Pre-Cooked Chicken Breasts (or a whole Rotisserie Chicken) If you made my chicken broth recipe, you already have pre-cooked chicken ready to go.
  • Chicken Broth (I prefer homemade for chicken soup, but store-bought also works. Use what you have on hand.)
  • Whole Milk
  • Butter
  • Egg Noodles, frozen or dry (or homemade egg noodles you make yourself. They’re what we love best and you’ll be blown away by the difference they make! My Egg noodle recipe is in notes section of recipe card.)
  • All Purpose Flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste
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The Key to Success with
Creamy Chicken and Noodles

The key to making my Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe is to be able to build luscious flavor and texture. It will be dependent on two important factors.

  1. Flavorful Chicken Broth – Even the best commercial chicken broth or stock will probably need bouillon or chicken base to amp up its flavor. Store bought chicken broth and chicken stock don’t tend to have the depth or richness of homemade broth. And, literally, everything starts and ends with the chicken broth, when it comes to the flavor of your finished Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe. If you want Creamy Chicken and Noodles that are out of this world delicious, your chicken broth must be flavorful and out of this world delicious from the start. Then, the noodles will be able to absorb that chicken-y goodness..
  2. Choosing the Egg Noodles your Family will Love Most – Reames brand frozen egg noodles will probably be the closest to homemade noodles that you will be able to purchase ready-made. And, I definitely do recommend them when you need to get dinner on in a hurry. I’ve used them many times. However, they DO roll their noodles very thick. They take longer to cook through and their texture is more chewy than a well rolled out homemade egg noodle. If your family does better with noodles that aren’t so thick, I would recommend dry egg noodles — wide egg noodles to be exact. Even the store brand will work, just fine. Of course, our preferred are always homemade egg noodles, but I get it that time sometimes prevents that from working out.
Homemade Chicken Broth on a concrete counter. The broth is in 2 quart jars and 2 pint jars sitting in front of an arrangement of sunflowers

Chicken Broth vs Chicken Stock
vs Chicken Bone Broth

Chicken Broth

What is Chicken Broth?

Chicken broth is made by cooking chicken (usually bone in, skin on) in water with vegetables, herbs, salt and pepper. It is a thinner liquid that is well suited to making soups and stews. Chicken broth is also great for cooking rice, potatoes or pasta. Chicken broth doesn’t take as long to make as stock, requiring only 1 to 2 hours of simmer time. Chicken broth tastes good, just on its own and it’s delectable in chicken soup.

Chicken Stock

What is Chicken Stock?

Chicken Stock cooks longer than chicken broth. Let it simmer at least 4 hours, and even up to 6. Chicken Stock is typically made by simmering chicken bones with vegetables and perhaps a small amount of herbs and seasoning. It is not seasoned as intensely as chicken broth. Chicken stock is usually thicker than chicken broth, as the longer simmer time allows the collagen/gelatin to be extracted from the bones. It’s great for making gravy and sauces because of its silky texture and the fact that it’s light seasoning complements rather than overpowers the dishes it’s used in.

homemade chicken Stock in a clear glass bowl on a concrete counter, next to a turquoise and white striped tea towel

Chicken Bone Broth

What Is Chicken Bone Broth?

It’s odd, really, that we call it broth. Bone broth is actually a type of stock. Chicken bone broth is made almost exclusively from bones. Not always, but usually. The bones can be cooked with vegetables, but it’s not typical. Especially when using commercial bone broth, my personal opinion is that the flavor is usually not great. It’s very easy to go OVER when making bone broth. It can be simmered anywhere from 12-48 hours. However, the longer it cooks and the more the bones break down, the more bitter the flavor can become. If you want a truly excellent flavored chicken bone broth, you would be better served to make one from scratch.

Where Does This Recipe Come From?

I don’t know the origins of the first homemade chicken and noodles. Maybe it was chicken soup. Or, maybe it was a creamy and hearty dish like this one. But, I can guess with a good deal of confidence that this idea for humble and delicious chicken and noodles started generations ago, when others like us, were trying to feed their families in an affordable way.

Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes in a blue stoneware bowl on a concrete counter. A turquoise pitcher with sunflowers and a turquoise and white striped tea towel are in the background.

Even in my own family, there was no “recipe” for creamy homemade chicken and noodles. It was something we made “by feel” after having done it so many times before. I watched my mom make it hundreds of times as I grew up, I’m sure. And I’m sure she must have watched my Grandma make them.

My chicken and noodles recipe is a little different than mom’s, but the flavors and homey comfort food feel are the same. We occasionally ate it as chicken noodles soup. But, more often than not it was served over mashed potatoes. That hasn’t changed. And, there was no written recipe until I put this together for you.

Why is that important? Because I hope this is a recipe you will make your own. Let it be a starting place and then learn to “feel” as you make it for your own family. You don’t have to make it exactly like me.

This is a dish that your kids are going to remember fondly. It will always be a symbol of comfort and of your home. So, you make yours about you and them.

Shortcut Ingredients

There are a number of shortcut ingredients that can make preparation of my Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe a quick and simple job. These shortcuts are ideal on nights when you are in a hurry.

  • Chicken Broth – Buy pre-made chicken broth at the store. Remember you will need chicken bouillon or chicken base and maybe even your favorite herbs to amp up the flavor of store-bought chicken stock, in most cases.
  • The Egg Noodles – I have purchased and used both frozen Reames Egg Noodles or dried wide egg noodles in this recipe. Both are great if you don’t have time for homemade. The frozen egg noodles take slightly longer to cook through.
  • The Chicken – We prefer white meat in most cases, so that is what I make when I prep chicken ahead or use when I’m making everything completely from scratch. The good news is there’s a quick and easy solution if you don’t have time to prep your chicken. Grab a rotisserie chicken at the market and use the meat for your chicken and noodles.
  • The Mashed Potatoes – I’m never going to recommend you use instant potatoes. Sorry. However, we do love a prepared brand you can find in the refrigerated section at your grocery store. They are the Bob Evans mashed potatoes and they heat in the microwave in 6 minutes!

Pro Hack with Rotisserie Chicken

I know it’s a busy night and you bought that rotisserie chicken to save time. But, please save the carcass (break it into pieces) and the skin in a zip-top bag in your freezer.

Do that every time you buy a rotisserie chicken. Add them to your chicken broth ingredients when making chicken broth from scratch. They’ll bring even more flavor and richness to that scrumptious homemade broth. And they’ll add nutrition as well.

It’s just one more way to stretch your grocery dollars and get the most for the money you have to spend.

rotisserie chicken carcass in a foil roasting pan

How Long Will It Take?

How long it takes to make my Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe and serve it over Mashed Potatoes will depend on the ingredient choices you make.

If all your ingredients are made ahead of time and you’re pulling them out of the fridge to put this recipe together you can easily make Homemade Chicken and Noodles in about half an hour.

If you haven’t prepped your own ingredients and you’re buying chicken broth, noodles and a rotisserie chicken at the store, this recipe will still take you about half an hour.

Making everything on the same day, from scratch, you can expect to spend 3 to 4 hours. If you decide to do everything all in the same day, this is the sequence of preparations I would use.

Making chicken stock - add water to stock pot with chicken pieces, onion, carrots, celery, minced garlic, parsley, salt and pepper

Order of Preparation Totally from Scratch

  1. Start the Homemade Chicken Broth on the Stove.
  2. As the chicken broth begins to cook, make your homemade noodles.
  3. Take the fully cooked chicken pieces out of the chicken broth pot. Remove the skin and chicken bones and add them back to the pot. Set the chicken aside to cool.
  4. Peel potatoes for mashed potatoes. Put them in a cooking pot and cover completely with cold salted water. Set aside until ready to cook.
  5. Continue cooking chicken broth.
  6. Strain your completed chicken broth and place it back in the pot. Turn up the heat to bring it to a boil.
  7. Put the potatoes you’ve peeled onto a different burner to begin cooking them.
  8. Follow the rest of this Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe from Step #4.
  9. Mash the potatoes and serve with a ladle of Creamy Chicken and Noodles over the top.

How to Make My Creamy Chicken and Noodles Recipe

Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes in a blue stoneware bowl on a concrete counter. A turquoise pitcher with sunflowers and a turquoise and white striped tea towel are in the background.

Season and Boil the Chicken Broth

  1. Be sure your chicken broth is flavorful enough when you add it to the pot. Any flavor your noodles will have will come from this broth. If it’s bland now, your noodles will be bland when they’re finished. So taste. Does the broth need salt and pepper? Do you need to add chicken bouillon or chicken base? If so, add them now. Taste again and when it’s where you want it you can start heating the broth.
  2. Bring the chicken broth to a boil over medium high heat. Be sure to use a large enough stock pot or pan so the broth won’t boil over as it’s heated.
  3. Add the 1 cup of whole milk and the butter to the broth as it’s heating up.
One cup of whole milk measured into a clear plastic measuring cup and sitting next to half a stick of softened butter

Cook the Noodles

  1. Once the chicken broth is at a full rolling boil, add the egg noodles you have chosen. When I use fresh homemade egg noodles, I gather them a handful at a time and add them to the boiling chicken broth, rather than dumping them all in at once. That helps prevent them from clumping together. With dried or frozen noodles it won’t matter as much. You can just pour them into the boiling chicken broth.
  2. Stir to make sure all the noodles are separated and then reduce the heat to medium, to allow the noodles to cook. Which noodles you chose will determine how long this takes. The frozen egg noodles will take the longest and homemade pasta or dried egg noodles will cook more quickly. Again, taste and be sure the noodles are at the level of doneness and texture that you want.
Homemade noodles in a clear glass bolw on a concrete counter.

Add the Chicken

  1. It’s time to stir in the chicken when the egg noodles are cooked through and tender. The chicken is already cooked, so, all that’s needed is to warm it through in the broth. It will take 3 to 5 minutes, tops. If you made homemade chicken broth, use the chicken you cooked to make it. If you’re using a rotisserie chicken, it will heat quickly, too. If you are using Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts or Baked Chicken Breasts that you have already prepared and stored in the fridge or freezer, they may take one or two more minutes to heat from cold.
  2. Tear or cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. That is our preference, at least. We aren’t huge fans of shredded chicken, here, but if that’s what your family loves, that’s definitely the way you should do it. I cut large, meaty bites of chicken to add to our homemade chicken and noodles.
Pre-cooked chicken in a clear glass bowl on a concrete coounter

Taste, Season and Thicken

  1. Reduce the heat to medium low, once the chicken has been added.
  2. Look at your chicken and noodles, now. You’ve done it! It’s chicken and noodles! Chicken noodle soup! You could literally eat this, as is. But, take it next level.
  3. The last step to make this chicken and noodles creamy is to whisk together the flour and cold milk (or water) in a bowl or measuring cup. Whisk until it is smooth with no lumps and then add it to the pot of simmering chicken and noodles.
  4. Stir and continue cooking for 1 or 2 minutes, until the broth has thickened and become creamy.
  5. Do your final taste test. Salt? Pepper?
Mashed potatoes in a stainless steel pot with a potato masher.

Serve

  1. We serve my Creamy Chicken and Noodles recipe over mashed potatoes. You could definitely just put this creamy, delectable soup into a bowl and serve it like any other soup. But, if you’ve never tried the comfort food combo of Homemade Chicken and Noodles over mashed potatoes, I encourage you to take a walk on the wild side and give it a go. There’s no other homey, comfort food meal that satisfies and soothes in the way Creamy Chicken and Noodles over mashed potatoes does.
Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes in a blue stoneware bowl on a concrete counter. A turquoise pitcher with sunflowers and a turquoise and white striped tea towel are in the background.

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Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes in a blue stoneware bowl on a concrete counter. A turquoise pitcher with sunflowers and a turquoise and white striped tea towel are in the background.

Creamy Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes


  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x

Description

Creamy Chicken Noodles is the ultimate homey comfort food meal that the entire family will love.  You can go all out and make it 100% from scratch or use shortcut suggestions from this post to get it on the table in about half an hour.  Either way, no cream of chicken soup is needed.  This Chicken and Noodles recipe will be a beloved family meal whichever method you choose.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 chicken breasts, pre-cooked and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 12 cups homemade chicken broth (or your preferred store brand)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • half recipe of homemade egg noodles, half recipe in NOTES, or (around 18 oz. of frozen egg noodles or 16 oz bag dry egg noodles)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cold milk or water

Instructions

  1. Be sure your chicken broth is flavorful enough when you add it to the pot. Any flavor your noodles will have will come from this broth. If it’s bland now, your noodles will be bland when they’re finished. So taste. Does the broth need salt and pepper? Do you need to add chicken bouillon or chicken base? If so, add them now. Taste again and when it’s where you want it you can start heating the broth.
  2. Bring the chicken broth to a boil over medium high heat. Be sure to use a large enough stock pot or pan so the broth won’t boil over as it’s heated.
  3. Add the 1 cup of whole milk and the butter to the broth as it’s heating up.
  4. Once the chicken broth is at a full rolling boil, add the egg noodles you have chosen. When I use fresh homemade noodles, I gather them a handful at a time and add them to the boiling chicken broth, rather than dumping them all in at once. That helps prevent them from clumping together. With dried or frozen noodles it won’t matter as much. You can just pour them into the boiling chicken broth.
  5. Stir to make sure all the egg noodles are separated and then reduce the heat to medium, to allow the noodles to cook. Which noodles you chose will determine how long this takes. The frozen noodles will take the longest and homemade pasta or dried egg noodles will cook more quickly. Again, taste and be sure the noodles are at the level of doneness and texture that you want.
  6. It’s time to stir in the chicken when the noodles are cooked through and tender. The chicken is already cooked, so, all that’s needed is to warm it through in the broth. It will take 3 to 5 minutes, tops. If you made homemade chicken broth, use the chicken you cooked to make it. If you’re using a rotisserie chicken, it will heat quickly, too. If you are using Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts or Baked Chicken Breasts that you have already prepared and stored in the fridge or freezer, they may take one or two more minutes to heat from cold.
  7. Tear or cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. That is our preference, at least. We aren’t huge fans of shredded chicken, here, but if that’s what your family loves, that’s definitely the way you should do it. I cut large, meaty bites of chicken to add to our homemade chicken and noodles.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium low, once the chicken has been added.
  9. Look at your chicken and noodles, now.  You’ve done it!  It’s chicken and noodles.  Chicken noodle soup!  You could literally eat this, as is.  But, take it next level.
  10. The last step to make this chicken and noodles creamy is to whisk together the flour and cold milk (or water) in a bowl or measuring cup. Whisk until it is smooth with no lumps and then add it to the pot of simmering chicken and noodles.
  11. Stir and continue cooking for 1 or 2 minutes, until the broth has thickened and become creamy.
  12. Do your final taste test. Salt? Pepper?
  13. Serve.

Notes

Half Recipe for Homemade Pasta

(For a detailed picture tutorial of making homemade pasta, visit my Homemade Pasta blog post.)

  • 4 large eggs
  • 295 grams All Purpose Flour
  1. Stir the flour and eggs together until they begin to form a shaggy mass.
  2. Once it has come together, into that shaggy mass, pour everything out onto a lightly floured work surface or counter top.
  3. Knead the dough, pressing it with the heel of your hand, folding it over, kneading, fold until it is velvety smooth. This will take around 5–10 minutes.
  4. Cover (I just set a bowl over the top, right there on the counter.) and allow to rest for about 20 minutes.  The resting period is important, so the gluten can relax and the homemade noodles will be easy to roll.
  5. After the rest period, roll and cut the homemade pasta dough.
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Category: Soup, Pasta, Chicken, Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

I hope you’ll get a chance to make Chicken and Noodles for you and your family, soon. If you do make my Chicken and Noodles recipe, please consider stopping back and leaving me a comment with a 5 star rating. Your 5 star ratings help others find our recipe when they do a search in Google. Thanks so much!

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About Glenda

My philosophy of cooking, and of eating, is balance. I cook what tastes good and brings joy to those who eat it, even if it’s “healthy”. There is a time and a place for all kinds of dishes. I hope you find that reflected in the recipes you discover, here. Read more...

22 thoughts on “Creamy Chicken and Noodles Recipe, Classic Comfort”

  1. I’m a fan of chicken soup, and this creamy chicken and noodles recipe is one of my go-to recipes. It is very delicious and easy to make. YUM!

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  2. This was sooo good. My entire family came back for seconds. It’s so delicious and the homemade noodles make it even better

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  3. This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make creamy chicken and noodles recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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  4. I love how everything is homemade. Especially the noodles. It’s so easy just to buy the noodles, but the taste is so much better and different. It worth every minute making it.

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  5. I so agree with you. This chicken and noodles are definitely comforting food. I made it when the weather was gloomy and a bit cold, typical fall season. And the boys and I enjoyed it so much that we are planning to make it again. Thank you for the tip on mashed potatoes. It’s delicious.

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  6. This will be perfect for this weekend. A little chilly here and I can’t wait to try your noodle recipe! I’ve never done those before!

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  7. Oh yum! You had me at creamy chicken broth gravy. This looks amazing and so comforting, especially with the homemade egg noodles.

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    • Thank you, Tara! Creamy chicken gravy is hard to beat, in my book, too. Creamy Chicken and Noodles is probably THE number one dish requested by my family for birthdays and get-togethers during the winter months.

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  8. This dish is comfort food I just can’t get enough of! It’s so hearty and warming but all the awesome benefits of chicken broth too!

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  9. The title says it all – it truly is the perfect comfort food. I made this and doubled the batch so I could freeze some for when it’s super cold or a kiddo is sick. Delicious!

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