Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup

Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup

I finally found a Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup recipe that comes close to my Papa’s. My grandfather came to the states from Sicily when he was 16 years old.  He made the BEST chicken noodle soup I have ever eaten.  I have tried for years to duplicate Papa’s chicken noodle soup but could never get it just right.  I would come close but it always seemed like it was missing something.  This is almost exactly like my grandfather’s soup.


You start by making the broth.  Yes, it’s a whole chicken and a little time consuming to prepare.  I made this on a day off when I knew I had plenty of time. I promise it’s worth the effort.


You pull the chicken out and let it cool long enough to handle.


When cool enough to handle you debone and shred the chicken meat.  Do you see the piece of chicken at the bottom left of this photo?  That’s the chicken oyster!  My daughter was appalled when she found out I have been secretly hoarding those for myself. It really wasn’t intentional on my part, I’m just always the one who has the job of deboning the chicken.

Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup - Don't Sweat The Recipe

You use a potato masher a few times then place the shredded chicken meat back in the pot with the broth.  We cook the noodles in a separate pot and just add to our bowls when serving.  The noodles will eventually absorb all the broth and then it will no longer be soup…you get stew instead.  Trust me this has happened in my kitchen.  It’s still just as delicious there is just not any broth remaining.

5 from 2 votes
Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins

Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup - Loaded with flavor this easy soup will be your favorite chicken noodle soup recipe!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10
Author: DSTR
  • 1 whole chicken 4-5 lbs, giblets removed
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 4 celery ribs diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced into ½ -inch diced
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ lb. ditalini pasta
  1. In a large soup pot place whole chicken, onion, red peppers, celery, carrots, potatoes, fire roasted tomatoes with their juices and then add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch.
  2. Over high heat bring to a boil.
  3. Add parsley, garlic, 1 tablespoon of salt and pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially with a lid.
  5. Let it simmer for 2 hours, or until chicken is falling off the bone. Remove chicken and let it cool, for 30 minutes or until cool to the touch.
  6. Reduce heat to low and let the soup continue to simmer.
  7. Remove all the meat from the chicken and shred the chicken into large pieces.
  8. Discard the skin and bones.
  9. In a medium saucepan cook pasta as directed on box.

  10. Drain well and set aside in a bowl.
  11. Using a potato masher, mash the soup around a few times, letting some of the potatoes get a little smashed. Just mash 3-4 times and call it good.
  12. Add the shredded chicken and noodles to the pot. (We leave the noodles on the side and add to individual bowls when serving.)



slightly adapted from adashofsanity




  1. Reply

    Yum! This looks delicious, and something my whole family will love! Pinning for later 🙂 #SmallVictories

    1. Reply

      Thank you Danita!

  2. Reply

    This looks delicious!

  3. Reply

    I have never put tomato in my chicken noodle soup, but this looks absolutely amazing! I need to give it a try!

  4. Reply

    This looks like the perfect recipe for a cold day, or when you’re feeling a bit off.

    Thanks for sharing at the #FFBH! <3

  5. Reply

    This looks absolutely delish! Have you tried skipping the noodles and adding tons of extra veggies?

    1. Reply

      No, I being from an Italian family would never consider skipping the noodles. 😉 But I bet it would be just as delicious!

  6. Reply

    Ooh this looks right up my street! I love making noddle broth but have never tried an Italian style one. I will definitely try and give this a go next time I get a free day. Thanks for sharing #brilliantblogposts x

    1. Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Reply

    Oh, wow! Thanks for sharing this. It looks fabulous.

  8. Reply

    What are you doing to me this morning!! You’re making me so hungry.. brownies and Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup!! I’m so hungry.
    Thanks for sharing with us at #MMBH, another pin from me 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  9. Reply

    Looks yummy. I could of used some today. I was feeling under the weather. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  10. Reply

    Oh I have never made homemade chicken noodle soup it’s definitely now on my list to try! Thank you so much for linking up another fabulous recipe. #sharewithme

  11. Reply

    I love a good homemade soup! Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday and I’ll be pinning this to our TBT pinterest! Hope to see you next Thursday!!

  12. Reply

    What a great soup for a cold winter’s night!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! See you again tomorrow! Pinned!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Elaine!

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