How To Make Simple Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
In the 1930s the Campbell Soup Company came out with their chicken noodle soup but that's not what it was originally called. They had named their soup "chicken soup with noodles" but when it was advertised on the Amos 'n' Andy radio show in the 1930s it was referred to as "chicken noodle soup". After the show Campbells got letters pouring in from all over asking for "chicken noodle soup" so they changed the original name of the soup. It is one of their best selling products now.
There's an old wives tale saying that chicken noodle soup is the cure for the common cold, I'm not sure if it's actually true but eating it when I am sick sure does make me feel better.
- 2 Cornish Hens, Make sure there are no giblets in the hens
- Take the Cornish Hens out of their wrappers and put them in a crockpot.
- Fill the crockpot with water. Enough to cover the Hens.
- Cook Hens on High for 6-8 hours. My Hens were frozen so I cooked them for 8 hours just to make sure they were good and done.
- When Hens are done cooking, meat falls off the bone really easy, you need to de-bone your Hens. Take them out of the broth in the crockpot and let cool a little so you don't burn your fingers. Then take the meat off the bone, putting the meat in a large pan and throwing the bones in the trash.
- Pour the broth from the crockpot into the large pan with the cornish hen pieces and bring to a boil on top of the stove.
While the chicken and broth is coming to a boil on the stove, make your noodles.
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Egg, Beaten
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl to make a thick dough.
- Spread a small amount of flour on the clean counter top.
- Roll out the dough very thin.
- Cut the dough into thin/small strips.
- Allow dough to dry for 2 hours (this makes it so they don't swell during cooking. My family likes the thick noodles so I always skip this part.)
- After chicken and broth are at a boil add noodles one at a time to the mixture.
- Boil for another 10 minutes until noodles are tender.
~~~Make sure if you are making your own noodles that you cut them skinny and short, especially if you don't dry them before putting them into the boiling broth. I always seem to forget the skinny and short part and so my noodles swell and turn out "fat" but that is how we like them.~~~
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There are many additions you can make to this soup. You can add carrots, celery, onion, peppers, cooked egg noodles, or anything else you like. My family prefers it with just the chicken and the homemade noodles so that is how it is always made at my house.
Greatstuff, another incredible hubber, wrote a hub about Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Using Instant Noodles that is also easy to make. There are more ingredients in this recipe, such as bean sprouts, ginger, and of course instant noodles. It is also on the healthier side because it includes some of those needed Veggies.
Chicken Soup in Different Cultures
Other cultures do things a little different to their chicken soup then we do in America.
- Bulgaria - Chicken soup is often seasoned with lemon juice or vinegar.
- Denmark - Traditionally served with dumplings, meatballs and cubed vegetables.
- Indonesia - A turmeric yellow spicy chicken soup with vegetables and noodle or vermicelli and is served with steamed rice, pieces of lontong or ketupat.
- Italy - The soup is often served with pasta (tortellini is my favorite).
- Mexico - Caldo tlalpeno - a chicken soup that is garnished with chopped avocado, white cheese and a chipotle chile.
- Russian - Simple chicken and vegetable bouillon with added rice, chopped boiled egg and a pinch of fresh herbs.