Monday, November 29, 2010

Homemade Chicken and Noodles - The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Homemade Chicken and Noodles are the ULTIMATE fall/winter comfort food! I have fond memories of my grade school friend's grandmother making them almost every time she visited.  The whole house smelled heavenly while it was cooking.  Every now and again I have tried to duplicate her chicken and noodles with no luck.  My chicken broth always turned out good but I just couldn't get the noodles or finished consistency correct.  So disappointing!  


The other day Rhondi, one of my blogger friends, posted her grandmothers recipe for chicken and noodles.  Just reading her post I could smell the deliciousness and was inspired to try again.  Her grandmothers noodles were perfect, and I used a flour slurry to thicken the broth that was spot on.  


Woo Hoo!! {dancing around the kitchen} Got it!  


Try it, I bet you'll like it!  Maybe even love it!


PRINTABLE RECIPE
What you'll need:
1 chicken
1 large onion
3 or 4 whole carrots, cut into large pieces
2 or 3 celery stalks, cut into large pieces
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon peppercorns
2 tablespoon salt (1 for the broth, 1 for the noodles)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 large eggs
water




Place the chicken in a large pot.  I would recommend at least an 8 quart pot.  Place the chopped veggies, garlic cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns, and 1 tablespoon of salt on and around the chicken.  Fill the pot with water until it is about 1 inch over the top of the chicken and veggies.  Bring to a simmer, cover, and let it go for 2 hours.






Now get ready to make the noodles.




Place the flour, eggs, and salt in a large bowl.




Stir and slowly add water until you get a stiff dough.



Turn dough out onto a large flour sack towel covered lightly with flour.  Divide dough into two sections and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.  Use plenty of flour to keep the dough from sticking.



Using a pizza cutter cut thin vertical strips and then come back and make horizontal cuts however long you like your noodles.  The noodles will puff up while cooking so keep that in mind when cutting.  Let rest and dry until the chicken is done.



After 2 hours.  Pull the chicken out of the broth.  The chicken will literally fall apart.  I use tongs and a slotted spoon to get it out.  



When cool enough to handle separate the meat, skin, and bones.  Discard the bones and skin.  Set chicken meat aside.



So now we need to strain the broth.



Place a large bowl in the sink.



Place cheesecloth, or coffee filters torn open, in a colander.



Pour the broth into the colander and let drain into the bowl.  Using the back of a spoon push all the juice out of the veggies.



So here it is.



Pour the broth into a gravy separator in batches. Then pour only the broth back into the original pot.  It's hard to see in the photo but there is about a 1/4 to 1/2 layer of fat on the top.  Discard the fat.  Reserve 1 cup of broth for the flour slurry we'll be mixing in at the end.  


Bring the broth to a boil.  In small batches drop in the noodles stirring to make sure they don't stick together.  Once they are all in let them boil 20 to 25 minutes. 



Add chicken back in and bring back to a simmer.  In a small bowl add 1/2 cup of flour to the 1 cup of reserved chicken broth.  Whisk.  Make sure there are no lumps or your chicken and noodles will be lumpy!  Slowly pour the mixture into the broth mixture stirring constantly.  Let simmer for a few minutes to thicken.  




Voila your done!  A little time consuming but so worth it!  Serve alone or for the over the top ultimate comfort food serve over mashed potatoes.


Cheers,
Shannon

6 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely yummy! Can't wait for a cold day and a warm fire to try out this recipe. Since the veggies are strained out of the broth even my "picky" eater will like this one. Thanks for Sharing!

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  2. This is one of my favorite comfort foods when then weather gets cold. I was just looking at my recipe today in fact! We're having another temporary warm spell, but I hear temps are dropping back into the 30s again soon. Perfect time for a pot of chicken and noodles!!

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  4. There's nothing like a bowl of chicken soup on a cold winter's night. It's just so delicious and comforting. But, I think your homemade noodles definitely take things to the next level and would be a must try the next time I make soup. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

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  5. I love homemade chicken noodle soup.Maybe try cooking or adding the noodles towards the end, cooking them for 10-15 mins, but to be honest, I love it when they get a little mushy :)I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this Chicken Noodle Soup Widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about chicken noodle soup recipes,Thanks!

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  6. Bravo to you! I have never made my own noodles before but you make it sound so easy. My husband LOVES chicken noodle soup and would love if I made this. Great idea using the coffee filters, I don't own a cheese cloth but never thought to use coffee filters, thanks!

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