Monday, October 17, 2011

Chicken Soup for the Soul and Every Meal

3 to 4 quarts water (IMPORTANT! After the chicken cooks, you will need to replenish some of the water that has cooked out so you will have enough broth. Follow directions below.
2 pounds chicken quarters (I use chicken breast now)
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced into crescents
2 large potatoes, cubed
4 carrots, sliced into coins
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Greek seasoning (I use Cavenders Greek seasoning)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 to 16 ounce bag of egg noodles
2 cans evaporated milk or 4 cups half and half
1 nice handful fresh parsley, stems removed and chopped
Boil chicken quarters in water until chicken runs clear about 1 hour. Remove chicken and cool. Put pot with chicken broth into the refrigerator and let set until you have removed meat from bones. When chicken is cool, remove skin and discard. Remove meat from bones and chop into bite sized pieces. Refrigerate until ready to return to pot. Take broth from the refrigerator. Once cold, any fat will have risen to the top and you can now easily ladle off any excess fat. Add 2 to 3 quarts of water to the broth in the pot to replace the liquid that has boiled out. You need to do this so you will have enough broth for the soup. Return pot to heat and boil broth. Add all vegetables along with garlic and seasonings. Turn burner down to medium high and cook vegetables until fork tender. Add noodles and cook until just done, usually 6 to 8 minutes. Add chicken to pot and turn heat down to medium low and add evaporated milk or half and half and chopped parsley. Adjust seasoning if necessary. You're done. Enjoy!
Cooks Notes: This is my old stand-by, go-to chicken soup from back when. Lots of noodles and lots of flavor. You can definitely lighten this soup up if this is an issue, by using chicken breast instead of dark meat and 2% milk in place of the cream. I find when I do use chicken breast, I need to add chicken base, bullion or low sodium broth. Chicken breast just don't render a lot of flavorful broth and it tends to need a little somethin-somethin. You can also go with yolk-less noodles, which are great. Whatever your preference, this is just delicious!