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23 August 2013

Scratch It UP! Chicken, Noodles, & Soup

Over the past  week or so, here in Charlotte, NC we have been getting a lot of rainy days that are not just wet but also more on the cooler end. Of course with the change of the weather came a runny nose & a cold. Also I have been trying to start another one of my make believe diets so I have had a growing craving for really good soup.

My cravings come full throttle during   my lunch hour but there is only1 restaurant in my work area that carries good soup and its only on select days. So I decided it was a perfect time to make my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup that my friends and family love.  Not only is it QUICK, EASY,  &  DELICIOUS, its also 100% from SCRATCH! If you have ever felt like this before or are currently sick and need a good throat warmer this recipe is for you!

Below is the recipe and I have included step by step pictures to make it easier.

Serving Size: 10
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Cost: $10.00 

Here is what you will need:

  • 1/2 bag of egg noodles
  •  3 tsp of minced garlic
  • 4 -5 whole carrots
  • 5-6 stems of celery (not pictured)
  • 3 stems of green onions
  • 2 Spilt Chicken Breast with bone in
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp of oil (veg or olive)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 1/4 tbsp Dry Parsley Flakes
  • 1 tsp dry Basil
  • 1/2 tsp of Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp of Season Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Salt
  • 20 cranks of Cracked Black Pepper
  • Water

Let's Get Started!......

1. Chop up the yellow onion and combine in a large deep pot with garlic and green onion. Add in the oil and begin cooking over medium heat.

2. While the onions and garlic are cooking, chop up celery and carrots (make sure you wash them very good first) and add them into the pot and continue to saute on medium heat. Stir occasionally. I don't care for carrots much but love celery so I always put more celery then carrots. 

3. The chicken breast will come with a little skin & fat. With a knife, remove the excess fat and skin. If you do not cook on a regular basis this may be the hardest part so BE CAREFUL! 

Once skin and fat have been removed, season the chicken with the seasoning salt. The bone will bring out the flavor of the soup but the seasoning salt will give it just a little extra.

Now add the chicken breast into the pot on top of the sauteed vegetables

4. Add in the bay leaf, parsley, thyme, basil, and pepper

5. Add 8 cups of water directly on top. Cover the pot to bring to boil on high heat. Once at state of boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour. Make sure you do not put the heat too low or the pot will not continue to simmer and that will cause the chicken to not shred easily.

6. After an hour or so, remove the chicken from the pot. You will begin to see the chicken to pull apart.

7. Now that the chicken has been removed, season the broth with salt. I typically am fine with 1 1/2 tbsp of salt because I have already used 1/2 tsp of season salt. You want to salt it according to your desire so start small then add.

One seasoned to desire, add the noodles to the pot and turn the heat back up to high and boil until noodles are tender. This should take 7-8 mins. 

8. While the noodles are cooking, using a fork begin to pull the meat from the bone using two forks. Shred it into small-medium pieces like pictured below.

9. Once the noodles are tender, add the now shredded chicken back into the pot. Add 2 - 3 more cups of water back into the pot because some have now evaporated and been soaked up by noodles.  Stir all together.

Taste and season again if needed. I usually do not.

Serve while HOT with crackers or whatever! Store the rest for later. You can get about 10 bowls

I hope you try out this recipe and it comes out just as delicious as you expected! I am sure it will. Perfect way to surprise those you care about that are feeling under the water who don't think you can cook! lol. If you would like a copy of this recipe without the pictures feel free to leave a comment below with your email address and I will send it to you. Or email me at naturallykandiilicious.com.

How did your chicken noodle soup turn out? I would love to hear from you below!

Until next time

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