Undoubtedly one of the best feelings is walking through the front door- tired, cold, rained on- and smelling Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Oh my gosh, I’m tearing up just thinking about it. My Momma’s Chicken Noodle is my favorite food in the whole world. Nothing makes me feel so at home and warm and safe. It is super simple, EXCEPT there really isn’t a recipe. Most of my Mom’s recipes are in her head or just a list of ingredients on whatever piece of paper was closest to her at the time. They go off sight, smell, and taste. This means that they aren’t easy to make if you don’t know what to expect, but making them are so much fun. Here is what I think is a good representation of her famous (to me) Chicken Noodle.
Momma’s Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 Medium/Large Chicken Breast
- 2 cartons (32 oz each) Chicken Stock
- 1 cup Carrots
- 1 cup Celery
- 1 cup Onion
- Dried Thyme
- Seasoned Salt
- 1/2 lb. Homemade Style Egg Noodles “the big fat ones”
- In a medium pan place the chicken breast, and cut-offs from the celery, carrots, and onion. (The junky bits, just to help add flavor to the chicken.) Pour over enough water to cover and season with seasoned salt and pepper. Bring to a soft boil and gently poach until the chicken is just cooked through, set aside to cool. -If you boil the chicken rapidly it will seize up and get tough and dry… I’d still eat it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- In a big ‘ol pot, pour in the stock and start warming up over a medium heat. Cut up the carrots, celery, and onion into 1/4-1/2 inch chunks. We are going for bite sized here so whatever feels good to you as long as they are all the same.
- Toss in the veggies and a good pinch of thyme (1/2 teaspoon) and some pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce it to a simmer until the veggies are almost soft, about 10 min.
- This is a good time to check the seasoning. It probably needs some seasoned salt, more pepper, and thyme. You are looking for just a hint of a bite from the thyme and pepper.
- Shred up the chicken to bite sized pieces and add to the pot with the egg noodles. These are the ones I like best. Cook until the noodles are soft, about 20 min.
You will look for bread to soak this up with, and it’s even better the next day! Thanks Mom for this little piece of home and you.