The Ultimate Comfort Food

by Jan 25, 2021Food & Drink, North Brunswick

Whether to comfort a sick friend or warm a cold family, chicken noodle soup is a universal favorite.

Hearty chicken noodle soup is most commonly correlated with someone being sick. If someone has a cold, people say, “Eat chicken noodle soup.” I did not grow up with the same mentality. At my house, if you were sick you had a can of Campbell’s Chicken and Stars soup. It was more of a treat when on a cold day my mom would make homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch. It was never a get-well soup but more of an exciting winter comfort meal.

The most common way to make chicken noodle soup is to boil the chicken breasts or a whole chicken in water and use the water as your broth. I prefer to use chicken thighs and bone broth. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are the most flavorful cut of chicken in my opinion, and bone broth adds a complex flavor that is also super-healthy for you.

Bone broth has become very popular recently, especially among those who are health conscious. Bone broth provides vitamin A, vitamin K2, minerals like zinc, iron, boron, manganese and selenium as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Mixed with perfectly cooked chicken, veggies and egg noodles, you will forget that bone broth is so healthy and anything but just plain tasty.

Egg noodles are my favorite type of noodle to use in this recipe. They are thick and soak up the bone broth. You can certainly use rotini pasta or orzo pasta or break up some alfredo pasta for a more rustic look, but egg noodles are the best in my opinion.

If you want to make this incredibly easy soup for someone who is feeling under the weather or just as a delicious homemade recipe for your family, I assure you they will appreciate it. This version is healthy and satisfying, especially on a winter day.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Photography by James Stefiuk

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The Ultimate Comfort Food
Whether to comfort a sick friend or warm a cold family, chicken noodle soup is a universal favorite.
Course Soup
Cuisine Comfort
Keyword Chicken, soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Soup
Cuisine Comfort
Keyword Chicken, soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, cook the chicken thighs and bay leaf in the butter over medium/high heat until done. Remove and set aside. Discard the bay leaf.
  2. In the same pot, saute the onion, garlic, carrots and celery in the olive oil. Stir continuously, scraping the bits of chicken off the bottom. Add the thyme and parsley and cook until the veggies just begin to soften (about 5 to 6 minutes).
  3. Pour the bone broth over the veggies and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any remaining bits.
  4. Shred the chicken and drop pieces into the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the noodles, salt and pepper and cook until the noodles are done.
  6. Serve warm with crackers or crusty white bread.