Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

by Shawnda on December 20, 2009

in Chicken & Poultry,Freezer Friendly,Soup, Stew, and Chili

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s something about cold weather that makes me want a warm, full belly and food that I can eat with a spoon our sip from a mug. Hot chocolate, chicken pot pie, chili, and mashed potatoes go into heavy rotation when the temperature dips below 55. And so does soup. I can be wide awake but halfway through a steamy bowl (or mug!) of soup, I’ll develop an immediate need to put on a pair of fur-lined Christmas socks, grab a blanket, and take a nap. It’s the tastiest sleep medication ever.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

We didn’t have to fly to Colorado to see a perfect snow fall this year. We only had to look out the window. It almost never snows here in Houston. I say “almost never” because it snowed one day last December – and just in time for us to snap a picture of our temporarily-blanketed mailbox and order photo Christmas cards. And 3 or 4 years ago, we got snow flurries on Christmas Eve. White Christmas? Probably not by your standards, but I’ll take it!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I scored an HEB Mesquite Roasted chicken for under $4 – coupons rock – and followed recommendations to increase the simmer time and decrease the onion. Delicious, satisfying, and it even freezes well which is great because it needs to. We ended up with about 10 bowls of soup which meant I didn’t have to cook lunch all week :)

Chicken Noodle Soup

The ultimate comfort food: homemade chicken noodle soup.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
  • 2 large stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 cups egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring broth and water to a simmer over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  2. Debone the chicken and separate the meat from the skin and bones. Set the meat aside and add the skin and bones to the simmering broth.
  3. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer for an hour.
  4. Strain broth through a colander into a large bowl; reserve broth and discard skin and bones.
  5. Set the pot over medium-high heat and add the oil.
  6. When hot, saute the onions, carrots, and celery until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken, broth and thyme. Bring to a simmer.
  7. Add the egg noodles and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, reserving some for garnish, and remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper as necessary.
  8. To freeze: You can freeze with or without the noodles. To freeze with the noodles, cool the finished soup and transfer to quart-size freezer bags and reheat on the stovetop. To freeze without the noodles, cool the soup and transfer to quart-size freezer bags. Reheat the soup on the stove top, adding about 1/3 cup uncooked egg noodles per reheated serving. Simmer for 20 minutes and serve.

Notes

Yields: 10 servings

Adapted from AllRecipes

Estimated time: 1 hour 45 minutes

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cara December 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

We woke up to a few inches here and you must have read my mind – I already was thinking of making some chicken soup later on!

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2 dawn December 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

those rotiesserie chickens really make all the difference don’t they? looks good.

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3 Nikki December 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

You made the soup look so pretty! Nice job!

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4 emiglia December 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I totally agree with you about chicken soup being sleep-inducing: I had the good fortune to come in from a day of shoveling snow to find that my mom had made me some! Dry socks, a mug of chicken soup and a blanket… perfection! Yours looks absolutely dreamy as well….

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5 Katerina December 21, 2009 at 11:52 am

Though it isn’t snowing where I am I am currently cold and shivering and cowering over a cup of hot tea from the rain outside. This is exactly what I need!

I swear chicken soup has some amazing properties of healing!

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6 Sylvie December 22, 2009 at 4:11 am

That’s a perfect looking plate of soup! Merry Christmas.

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7 Nutmeg Nanny December 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

Oh soup how I love you so :) With all this cold NY weather this would be perfect!

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8 oneshotbeyond December 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

gotta love how this one turned out! so yummy looking!

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9 Dawn Hutchins December 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I love Rotisserie chicken. You can just eat it or make it into just about anything! Yum.

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10 santacruzrugger January 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I just made this and it is delicious.

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