Chicken Love - Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Really - I don't think in my head that chicken soup will actually do anything for you physically if you're sick. But in my heart of hearts I do know that it does do two things. First - whoever gets it feels better because someone loved them enough to make homemade chicken soup. Second - it actually lets you DO something for someone who is under the weather.
Tradition is that chicken soup will help fight a cold, and there is some evidence that garlic has some natural antibiotic properties. I'm a firm believer in the long held Chinese belief that fresh or pickled ginger will help an unhappy tummy. I like to use strong flavors just because if you have a cold, you often can't taste flavors as strongly.
I make this for my daughter all the time. She told me once that she likes being sick because of the soup. Not bad.
Recently a long-time friend was feeling punky, and I was really stuck. Not only was she feeling bad - she was too far away for me to do much. So I made her a long distance pot of love. One day I'll deliver a fresh pot in person!
- 1 32 oz can chicken broth (homemade is better if you have it!)
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp ginger, grated
- 1 cup cooked chicken, diced
- 8 oz medium egg noodles
- 1 Tbl salt
- 2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 Tbl olive oil
- Heat the oil in a large Dutch over over medium heat. Saute the onion, celery and carrot for three minutes.
- Add the garlic, ginger, thyme and bay leaf and saute for another three minutes. You should have a great fragrance by now, with the veggies becoming tender.
- Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for approximately 20 minutes.
- Add egg noodles and slightly undercook according to package directions. For example, if the package says to cook for 8 minutes, then go for 7 once added to the soup. Add salt and pepper at this point.
- Add chicken to the pot and stir well to combine. Adjust for seasoning, and re-season if necessary.
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