i hadn’t really cooked for myself in a solid couple of weeks, so tonight i decided to take on homemade chicken noodle soup. ah, yes, because soup is so difficult! especially when i don’t make my own noodles and buy frozen ones…but, hey, who’s judging? if you are, well, then, i got nothing…except this excellent recipe! the inspiration came from the pioneer woman, but since i couldn’t find those ever so convenient egg noodles, i went with dumplings instead and married that recipe with ree’s. the results? my very “own” noodle soup recipe! ah, just like that! sometimes life is easy to us.
if you’re in the need of some ridiculously simple humor this evening, i urge you to take a read of all the photo captions. i had a lot of time to think them up, considering this meal is a labor of love and took about two hours…and it helps that i think i am hilarious!
below are the steps i took after combining directions from the other two recipes. enjoy!
a whole chicken, cut-up (mine had the bones in and skin on and came in a cool griller pack from kroger)
2 whole carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
24 ounces mary b’s dumplings (use half the package or a little more or all of it if you love carbs like everyone in my household!)
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
cover chicken in 4-5 quarts of water. bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. simmer 30-40 minutes.
p.s. the smell of boiled chicken is just lovely! (please sense the sarcastic tone)
remove the chicken from the pot with a slotted spoon. using two forks, remove and shred as much of the meat as you can.
bring the broth back to a boil and add the frozen dumpling strips (cut to your desired size) and drop into broth one at a time, stirring frequently.
return the bones to the broth, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 more minutes.
remove the bones with the slotted spoon.
add the carrots, celery, and chicken to the pot, along with all the spices, and simmer for 10 minutes more.
*a quick note here: i found my soup was underseasoned, which is either due to the excessive amounts of water or not enough spices or both. fyi.
mix the flour with a little water, stirring until smooth. pour it into the soup, simmering for another 5 minutes or until the broth thickens a bit.