Suped-Up Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 50 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 1 hr 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • Poached Chicken Breasts
  • 6 pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken breast
  • 1 leek, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 ribs celery, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and quartered on an angle
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley
  • Few sprigs fresh dill
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
    • Super Chicken Noodle Soup
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 leeks, trimmed, sliced, soaked and dried
    • 1 onion, quartered and very thinly sliced
    • 3 to 4 small ribs celery and leafy tops, very thinly sliced on an angle
    • 2 parsnips, julienned or 1 small bulb fennel, quartered and julienned, plus small handful fronds
    • 2 large carrots, julienned
    • Salt and finely ground black pepper or white pepper
    • 2 1/2 to 3 quarts homemade chicken stock
    • 2 pieces poached chicken breast, meat diced or shredded, about 2 to 2 1/2 cups white meat
    • 12 ounces egg noodles
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • Chopped fresh dill and parsley, for garnish
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    Directions

    Cook's Note: If you like a slightly spicy soup use parsnips, for a sweeter soup use fennel.
    For the poached chicken breasts:
    Place the chicken, leek, onion, celery, carrot, lemon, parsley, dill, thyme, and bay leaf in a large pot and fill with water until the pot is 2 to 3-inches full from the top, about 3 to 4 quarts water. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered 1 hour. Remove the chicken to large plate or bowl. Strain the cooking liquids and reserve for soup stock. Pull the skin and carcass away and chop the meat or shred with forks.

    For the soup:

    Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in soup pot or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add leeks, onions, celery, parsnip or fennel, carrots, salt and pepper. Stir frequently for 10 minutes to soften vegetables without browning them then add stock and 1/3 of the chicken meat to pot. Cool and store soup for a make-ahead meal and reheat over medium high flame or, to serve immediately reduce heat to simmer and cook the egg noodles in another pot.

    Boil water in a large pot, salt the boiling water and cook the pasta to al dente or with a good-bite left to it. Drain the pasta and toss with butter or a drizzle of oil, stir to combine and coat the noodles evenly.

    Cook's Note: Cook the egg noodles separately even if you plan to serve soup right away. Add the noodles hot from cooking them to individual bowls and cover with soup. Cook, cool and store, reheat the noodles in a microwave, covered, or combine with portions of the soup on the stovetop. If you combine the noodles with soup or cook them in soup they will bloat and the leftovers will not be as good as the original soup.

    Pour the soup over the noodles in soup bowls and top with fresh dill, parsley, or reserved fennel fronds, if using.

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    • on February 27, 2014

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      I made this soup the other day, and I thought I followed the recipe closely. But maybe I didn't saute the leeks enough? -And there was A LOT! For my husband and I, it was SO overpowering. I didn't even use all of the leeks because it looked really excessive. I always hesitate when it comes to cooking soup, because you end up with so much of it. And if you don't particularly like it, sucks for you. Didn't love the lemon either. :( Sorry Rach. I usually love your recipes!

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    • on June 18, 2011

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      I love this soup--very nutritious, full of all kinds of yummy veggies and noodles. So satisfying, especially on a cold winter evening. I served this up one night this winter when my nieces and nephew were coming over for a game night. It was windy and rainy and cold, so my daughter and I made this for them with some fresh bread and a big plate of Clementines. All the kids went crazy for it; between the 6 of this there was maybe one bowl left. My sister called me the next day and said "Just so you know, my daughter has never eaten a bowl of soup in her life and today she asked me to make her some just like yours."

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    • on June 12, 2011

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      Very good chicken soup for how quickly it can be made. The leeks are a really nice touch. Seems very healthy.

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