Homemade: Chicken Noodle Soup

Tis the season for winter colds and flus, and homemade chicken noodle soup is always a great antidote.  I made a pot this weekend because my boyfriend came down with a bad stomach flu, so I decided to take photos and share this simple, healthy chicken noodle soup recipe!

I started with a package of chicken thighs - I like darker meat for my soups but of course you can use breasts too.  I patted the thighs dry with a paper towel, then seasoned them with salt and pepper on both sides.

Chop up your soup basics - one onion, two carrots, and two or three stalks of celery.

Coat the bottom of a dutch oven or stock pot with oil and cook the thighs for three to five minutes on each side until browned.  Browning the chicken first helps to cut down on the overall cooking time, locks in the moisture, and adds flavor.

After the chicken is browned, remove and place on a separate plate.  Pour out some of the oil, but leave a thin layer on the bottom of the pan.  Add the onions, celery, and carrot.  I also added a tablespoon-ish of garlic powder (because I realized too late that I didn't have any fresh cloves left!), a tablespoon-ish of italian seasoning (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage), and two bay leaves.  Let the veggies and herbs cook until soft - this takes 5 or so minutes.

Next I added two 32 ounce cartons of chicken broth and put the browned chicken back in the pot.  Bring the soup to a boil.  Once it boils reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, bring a second pot of water with salt and a bit of oil to a boil, then add in egg noodles.  I did 1/4 box of noodles for four servings, so gauge by how many people you are feeding.  Cook the egg noodles until al dente, about ten minutes, then drain.  Put the noodles back in the stock pot with a bit of oil to keep them from sticking.  I also cut the noodles into 2 inch pieces using a pair of cooking shears because I had time...definitely an optional step!

I cut the stems off of a generous handful of fresh spinach to add at the end.  I really love my veggies if you couldn't tell.  =)

After the soup has simmered for thirty minutes, taste the broth and add additional seasoning as needed.  Pull the chicken out, remove the fat, and pull the meat off of the bones with two forks.  Add the shredded chicken back to the soup, then add a pack of frozen mixed vegetables and the fresh spinach.  Stir and let sit for a few minutes.

When you are ready to serve the soup, place the noodles in the bowl first.  Keeping the noodles separate helps keep them from getting soggy!

Pour the soup over the noodles, stir, and enjoy!  My recipe makes four to six servings, depending on the serving size.  It was enough for two of us to eat a bowl for dinner, and for me to pack lunch for both of us for a couple of days.

I hope you enjoyed this simple and healthy recipe!  I would love to hear your favorite chicken noodle soup variations - what do you like to add to yours to make it perfect?

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I hope you had a great weekend and thanks so much for reading!

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