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I've played with chicken soup recipes for years, and when I made it last week I paid particular attention to measurements so I could share this here. Keep in mind that seasonings, meat and noodle content are all adjustable according to personal taste.
- Place the chicken in a large stock pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer about 30 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
- Skim impurities from the broth as needed.
- Remove chicken parts from liquid and set aside to cool.
- When cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones.
- Pull meat apart.
- (At this point you can use whatever meat you like. I use the legs, thighs and wings in the soup and save the breast meat for other uses; but you need to simmer the whole chicken to get enough flavor in the broth).
- Add the carrot, celery flakes, greek seasonings, chicken bouillon and 4 cups water to the broth.
- Simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Adjust seasonings to taste, add more water if you think you need it to cook the noodles.
- Add the chicken.
- Bring the broth to a boil and add the noodles (more or less depending on taste).
- Simmer rapidly until noodles are cooked through, about 7- 10 minutes.
- Serve hot.
- (Note: Leftovers are good, but the noodles absorb the liquid so you may have to add more broth).