Whenever one of us gets sick, we’ll usually make a BIG pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. And since it’s cold season and the girls have some runny noses, it’s time to make a pot. Here’s our recipe, though feel free to play with it.
2 pounds of chicken (So either a whole chicken chopped up, some chicken thighs, bone-in chicken breast, boneless chicken breast and then throw in some chicken necks for flavor, and if you can find ‘em, throw in some chicken feet with the nails chopped off. YUM!) 2 Medium Onions 5 carrots 5 stalks of celery 1 tablespoon peppercorns 1 tablespoon salt (Kosher if you’ve got it) 1 tablespoon parsley flakes 8-12 cups of water. (Enough to cover everything in the pot) Directions
- Chop up your chicken and toss it into a large stock pot.
- Wash two stalks of celery and two carrots then break them by hand and toss them into the pot. Don’t worry about pealing the carrots. We’re going to toss these after the chicken’s cooked. Take one of the onions, cut it into four and then toss that into the pot with the skin on.
- Add your spices to the pot and then fill it up with water so it covers everything.
- Cook everything on a slow boil for an hour and a half with the lid on.
- After everything’s cooked, take the pot off of the burner. Put a big colander into a big bowl and pour everything into it. Strain out the liquid and then pour the liquid back into the pot. Set aside the chicken and veg to cool.
- Dice the rest of your carrots, celery and onion and toss it into the pot with the soup stock. Cook this on low until the carrots are tender. At this time you could also mix up some dumpling if you like and cook them up.
- Now back to our cooling veg and chicken. De-bone the chicken and chop it into bite sized pieces and toss it into the lightly boiling soup stock. You can compost the cooked veggies or give them to your pet. We just used them for flavour.
- Now cook up some of your favourite noodles. We prefer whole wheat egg noodles.
- Once everything’s cooked you’re ready to serve. Spoon some noodles into a bowl and then top it with some soup. Yummy!