Cook2 hrs 30 mins
A combo of my maternal and paternal grandmothers' recipes. It's what I grew up on....slow-cooked stuff w/ the veggies cooked to mushiness. Kinda comforting sometimes. They made their own pot pie noodles--I buy 'em. They used onion; I like leeks. I also added a bay leaf. It's a tummy-warmer. You could use chicken thighs and/or breast, but thighs are just so more juicy! ;) Serving size is a guess. The way my grandparents ate, this would probably feed two--maybe four if they were saving room for Shoo-Fly Pie. **
- 3 1⁄2 lbs boneless chicken thighs
- 3 1⁄2 quarts water
- 3 tablespoons chicken soup base
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 celery ribs, diced small, INCLUDE THE LEAVES
- 1 1⁄2-2 cups diced carrots
- 2 leeks, finely chopped, white and light green parts
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced very small
- 1 lb square pot pie noodles
- salt, to taste
- Place chicken thighs in a large stockpot. Add the water, soup base, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add the celery carrots, leeks, parsley and potatoes; cover and simmer for an additional hour.
- Remove cooked chicken from the stockpot. cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces w/ a knife or 2 forks.
- While your cutting up the chicken, throw your pot pie noodles in the stockpot with the rest of the soup.
- Add additional water, if needed, but it's not supposed to be too watery -- it's more of a stew.
- Turn up the heat to boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes or until your noodles are desired softness.
- Return your cut up chicken to the pot and heat through.
- Adjust your salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove bay leaf.
- Put it in a big bowl and slurp away!
- **Make sure you serve it with WHITE bread (NOT whole wheat) slathered with butter (NOT MARGARINE) so thick that you can see your teethmarks.