Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup Delicious and Healthy

Time to make my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup! This recipe is sure to make anyone feel better, healthy or otherwise. Below is one of my family’s most favorite Chicken Noodle Soup recipes.  I’m super excited to share it with you.

I combined 2 different recipes, one from my husbands grandma and one here, and it’s so delicious!

First, to make the chicken stock you’ll need:

1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), giblets discarded
3 carrots, cut in large chunks
3 celery stalks, cut in large chunks
2 large white onions, quartered
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 turnip, cut in large chunks
1 tsp. dried thyme (fresh is great if you have it on hand)
2 bay leaves
1-2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly crushed black peppercorns

Remove the giblets pack.  Wash your chicken inside and out, then pat dry. Salt the chicken on bottom and top. Place in a stock pot, or I love using my cast iron pot.  Add the chopped veggies, (the turnip really adds a nice flavor), then sprinkle your chicken with the spices. Add enough cold water to barely cover your chicken.  Bring to a slow boil then, reduce heat to Low and cook with a lid, for 5-6 hours.  (I like cooking it for this long to make a more flavorful broth.)  Once done, take your chicken out.  Remove skin and bones, and cut or hand shred chicken into chunks. Cover and set aside.  Strain the broth from the pot.  Set aside.  Remove the veggies. Wipe out your pan so it’ll be ready to cook your veggies.

Next you’ll need:

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, diced
8-10 medium carrots (I like lots of carrots)
3 celery stocks, diced
Homemade-style egg noodles (16 oz.) OR some like to use 1 cup rice instead **(see note at bottom about rice)
1-2 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
1 tsp. thyme.

Dice your veggies and cook in olive oil until softened, not brown.  Add in sea salt and thyme.  Once cooked, add your chicken stock back in the pot.  Bring to a boil, then add your noodles and cook for about 8 – 10 min. or until tender.  **If using rice, you will need to cook it longer, according to package directions, especially if using brown rice.  Once your noodles or rice are cooked, add chicken pieces and gently toss into soup mixture. Heat through and serve.  Delicious!


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