Chicken and Lentil Noodle Soup

A nourishing bowl of chicken and lentil noodle soup warms the body on a cold winter day.
A nourishing bowl of chicken and lentil noodle soup warms the body on a cold winter day. | Source

The wind blew the snow across the driveway as I pulled the car into the driveway. The temperatures were colder than they had yet been this season. The wind seemed to blow the cold through me and all I could think of was making the cold go away. The first thing that came to mind was to make a bowl of chicken lentil noodle soup. I can't think of anything that says warm like a good cup of homemade chicken, lentil, and noodle soup.

Chicken noodle soup is not only a good way to warm up from the cold, but grandma was right. Research has also shown that chicken noodle soup has anti-inflammatory properties that conquer a cold's symptoms. Chicken soup has been used since ancient times for its medicinal effects.

Which is better, home made soup or canned chicken noodle soup? If I feel too sick to make soup, a bowl of canned soup might do the trick, but there is nothing like a home made soup like this to provide not only the positive physical properties, but also provides the psychological notion that homemade had an extra dose of love,

The addition of lentils in this soup gives a slightly peppery flavor and added protein and fiber as well. This healthy soup is good whether you are sick, cold, or simply hungry for some good home cooking.


Ingredients

  • One pound Chicken Breasts
  • One tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 boxes chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • one cup onion, minced
  • one cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 pound egg noodles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt butter and add Italian seasoning and minced garlic.
  2. Place the chicken on oven broiler pan or cookie sheet and brush garlic, butter and seasoning mixture over chicken and bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  3. In stock pot, put the onions, celery, lentils, and chicken stock. Heat until boiling. Cut up chicken into bite size pieces and add to stock pot.
  4. Bring back to boil, then simmer soup for 30 minutes. Add noodles and cook for another 10 minutes until noodles are done.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste, serve soup hot.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 16 servings

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 80
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 20 mg7%
Sodium 500 mg21%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2013 Donna Brown

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

You grabbed me with the introduction. Not just another recipe but one written with care and imagination. Well done my friend.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Thanks, Bill, what you said means a lot especially coming from you. I agree, food creates social connection. I am thinking that holiday foods or family recipes especially have the ability to draw people in with the stories that relate to them. I discovered in writing this hub it didn't take much to create a more interesting recipe hub. I am certainly going to work hard to "create the story behind the recipe".


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teaches12345 2 years ago

There's nothing like chicken soup to combat any cold and coupled with lentil - well, you have just given it more power! Great way to present a recipe.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Thnaks teaches12345, I have also canned this soup by adding all the ingredients except the noodles (cook those and add later, that part only takes a few minutes). Yum.


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Yum, it's getting cold here again. I'll have to try your recipe.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri Author

Sounds good to my mylindaelliott! Enjoy a good hot bowl it will warm you through and through.

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