Chicken Noodle Soup

November 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Soup | 35 Comments
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Is there anything better than a steaming bowl of chicken and noodle soup on a cold evening?  Simple, delicious and rumored to heal the ailing,  this soup is comfort food at its best. 

It’s not rocket science to throw a pot  together. No matter what you put in it, it’s going to be good, but I wanted to share with you my version that has evolved over the years. Seasoned just to our liking and with the addition of some sweet potato and fennel seed, it makes this one of our favorites. 

It’s a must to use those fat and plump homemade noodles. You can also buy homestyle noodles from the freezer section that are close to homemade. Even though I love them for other dishes, I try not to use dried egg noodles from the packaged pasta aisle at the market. 

Seems every one in our office has a cold, so I made a big crock pot of my Chicken Noodle Soup on Friday and delivered to my sniffling aching co-workers.  They commented that it sure is “handy” having me around.  🙂

Chicken Noodle Soup:

5 cups chicken stock
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 chopped carrots and 2 stalks celery chopped or 3 T. dried vegetable mix
3 green onions
1 dried bay leaf
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbs minced flat-leaf parsley
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. In a large pot, combine stock, sage, thyme, fennel, peppercorns, garlic, celery, carrots, onions, bay leaf, (or dried vegetable mix) Bring to a boil; reduce to medium-low. Simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Meantime, cut chicken and sweet potato into bite size pieces and saute in olive oil until chicken cooked.

3. Add noodles to broth and cook until tender.

4. Add chicken and sweet potatoes and simmer for a few minutes for flavors to blend.

Chicken Noodle Soup…It’s what’s for Fighting the Cold.

I’m sending this to paradise for Deb’s Souper Sunday Feature



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  1. Warming me up just looking at it. Looks wonderful!

    • Thanks for the comment Nancy, I think you’re sending some cold weather our way.

  2. I thought about making a chicken noodle soup the other day. I have a real nice chicken in the freezer. The upcoming cold weather won’t be bothering us at all!! Luckily we are still healthy. Your soup looks delicious!

    • Kirsten, I’ve been somewhat complaining about the unseasonably warm weather, but now with the forecast for tomorrow, I’m actually sorry to see it go. Even though I do love cold nights and soup weather. Thanks for the comment and get prepared to cuddle up. 🙂

  3. I always come back to chicken noodle soup as my all time favorite. Nothing makes me feel better than a nice hot bowl full of all that flavor.

  4. There’s nothing quite as comforting and filling to the soul as chicken soup. This looks like a great recipe. I’ve never added fennel seeds to chicken soup, but will try next time.

    • I love fennel, so add it to alot of unsuspecting things.

  5. I love a bowl of chicken noodle soup! It cures everything!

    • Thanks for stopping by and the comment.

  6. Chicken noodle soup is my daughter’s most requested dish when we get together in the winter. I have never used fennel, but you can be sure I’m going to try it next time because your seasonings are terrific. Your co-workers are lucky to have you on their team!

    • I work with a great bunch of people, I’m lucky to have them on my team too. I like fennel in this soup. If you’re a fan of fennel seed, you shoule like it.

  7. I’m a big fan of homemade chicken noodle soup but Bev is not, so I don’t make it real often or in big batches. Yours looks very good. My mom and grandmother made their own noodles and I can still remember them hanging all around the house, I think on coat hangers. Bev and I have yet to make any kind of pasta, but we talk about it a lot – I guess it’s just too easy to open a package.

    • My mom made her own noodles almost daily. I never remember the drying process, I wonder if she just always cooked them right away? I’ll have to ask her.

  8. I think chicken noodle is my favorite comfort soup….I have never put sweet potato in mine-can’t wait to try that next time I make it.

    • Lynda, I didn’t used to, just threw one in a couple of years ago and now it’s a staple in our Chicken Noodle Soup

  9. Oh how I would love a bowl of this soup! Maybe this weekend… Looks delicious!

    • Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Enjoy the soup.

  10. Lovely photo, Lea Ann…soups are so difficult to photograph.
    Nothing more comforting, either. Especially with homemade stock!

    • Thank you so much Barbara. I do prefer homemade stock, but lately I’ve been lazy and using Better Than Boullion.

  11. YUM! I love chicken noodle soup.

  12. It definitely has it’s healing properties (but don’t tell your pharmacy that or they’ll start selling the ingredients through there and charging a $20 copay!)

  13. Chicken soup seems to be the best thing to offer to someone who is not feeling well. It is truly a comfort food.

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog and the comment.

  14. No, there’s nothing better than homemade chicken noodle soup. It tastes so good and makes you feel great, too!

    • I agree Beth. As always thanks for stopping by.

  15. I can see how you would be handy to have around 😉 Yeah, chicken noodle soup is definitely the cure for all that is wrong in the world…a perennial favorite of mine since I was a wee lass! I agree about using the big, thick noodles, too…we have a plethora of gorgeous Amish noodles in all of our markets since there’s a big Amish town just a half an hour or so away (lucky me)!! This looks delicious 😀

    • I grew up with an Amish town nearby also. I always drag home a few bags of Amish noodles when I go back. Love them.

  16. I made some a few weeks ago – can’t beat it and you’re right, it always turns out great whatever you add to it!

  17. Chicken noodle soup is one of those foods that make me feel good no matter what. This looks fabulous.

    • Thanks Karen and Joanne! Always appreciate the comments.

  18. You have very lucky office mates! The soup looks comforting and good and the perfect cure-all. Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays–so nice to have you back this week! 😉

  19. Divine! Chicken soup is an all time favorite. I don’t make it nearly enough and now you have inspired me with your delicious recipe and beautiful photograph. I can semll it from here. YUM

  20. Nothing like chicken soup when your sick! Great recipe! Thanks!

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