September 29, 2009

Tickle Your Taste Buds Tuesday

Chicken Noodle Soup

Since fall is beginning and for most people the weather is starting to cool off. The change of Seasons. AHHHH What a beautiful time of year and my favorite time! You get to open all the windows in the house and the leaves are changing, the evening become longer and a little more time for evening fires outside, it's a time for comfort food, and the beginning of the holiday season. You get to pull out fun sweaters and cute long sleeve shirts, that in Florida you can wear for a few years since they only see about 3 months out of the year. Ahh Fall what a wonderful time of year. However the change of seasons can also bring on the cold season. BOOO not so fun! I have the cure and I mean the real cure for the common cold.

Chicken Noodle soup! It is so yummy and a favorite in my house. ( I have to admit I make this all year long and could eat it everyday)! I love soup but my chicken noodle soup is the best Try it and see I dare you!

1 whole chicken or 2-3 chicken thighs and breast with the bone!
1 med-large onion

Put the rinsed chicken in a pot with the onion roughly chopped
cover the chicken with water or just fill the pot
add some salt about a small palm. (you know by now I don't measure)
Bring to a boil and let simmer-boil for a couple of hours or until the chicken is falling apart
After the chicken is cooked but still boiling taste the broth to see if you need a little more salt or if you need to add a little water if it is to salty.

Once the chicken is cooked drain the broth throw out the onions and all the nasty stuff from the chicken. Pull apart all the meat from the bones of the chicken and save the meat.
If you are going to freeze some of the broth let it cool and put it in freezer containers and freeze up to 3-4 months. I always have homemade chicken broth in my freezer or fridge.

The soup
3-4 carrots
4-5 celery stalks
1 onion
The meat from the chicken
Homemade broth
2-3 Potatoes (optional)

In the same pot you just made your broth add the broth back to the pot if it is salty you can add more water and what you have left over you can freeze as stock for next time or other recipes that call for broth/stock.
Dice the carrots, celery, and onion to desired size and potatoes if you are adding them
Add all but potatoes to the broth bring to a boil and let cook for 30 minutes or until mostly tender add in the potatoes (if they cook to long they will fall apart) cook for another 15 minutes or so (or until potatoes are cooked if you used them)
Add in the chicken and let simmer for a bit to heat and shred the chicken. (the longer it cooks the more the meat will fall apart.

Boil water for the noodles and cook according to the package.
I like to add some of the broth from the soup to cook my noodles. It just gives them more flavor. My Grandmother used to make this soup for me and she used a tiny noodle like a star or alphabet, as I got older I started to use egg noodles. Now that I make this for Makayla I use the tiny noodles again and ahhh it's so much better that way. But use whatever noodle you like.

When everything is cooked scoop the noodles into your favorite bowl and ladle your soup on top and eat with a few crackers. YUMMMM this soup is so good it will soon become a staple your house too, especially when you see that it cures all! You have to make this I promise you will love it! Ask anyone that has tried it.

Do you have a recipe you want to share? Email me at slbower(at)gmail(dot)com, or leave me a comment below. I am always looking for new recipe ideas. Let me know if you try this one or you have a suggestion.
Did you miss out on a past recipes? Just click on the picture at the top of this post or in the right side bar and you can see them all. Give one a try tonight there are some good ones! Make sure to check back every Tuesday for a new recipe and don't forget to let me know if you try one and what spin you put on to make it your own!

Happy Cooking


  1. I can vouch for this soup and say it is the best chicken noodle soup (next to my pop-pop's soup) I have ever tasted. I absolutely LOVE it. I'm going to make some for Tom while I'm here. BIG batches of it so he can have it all winter long:) Thanks for posting!!

  2. Love chicken soup but I make mine with rice!


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