This is a classic chicken noodle soup recipe from a recent issue of Good Housekeeping that I'd like to try. Update: I have made this soup and really like it. I did use 3-4 skinless chicken breasts in place of the whole chicken, and I substituted 8 cups of canned chicken broth for the water. If you do this, you might want to add a little less salt unless you use a low-sodium chicken broth. I'm not sure why some reviewers say that their egg noodles dissolve, unless they are using the very fine egg noodles. I use a wide noodle and they are just fine after 20 minutes in the Crock-Pot.
- 8 cups water or 8 cups canned chicken broth
- 1 cup carrot, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 cup celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 4 teaspoons salt (to taste)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 (3 1/2 lb) roasting chickens
- 3 cups wide egg noodles, uncooked
- In 4-1/2 to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl, combine water, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, 4 t salt, 1/2 t pepper.
- Place whole chicken on top of vegetables.
- Cover slow cooker with lid and cook as manufacturer directs on low setting 8 to 10 hours or on high 4-5 hours.
- Transfer chicken to cutting board. Discard bay leaves. Add noodles to slow-cooker; cover with lid and cook (on low or high) 20 minutes.
- While noodles cook, remove and discard skin, fat and bones from chicken; shred meat.
- Skim fat from soup and discard. Return chicken to soup to serve.
This is one of the best chicken soups we've ever had. I cubed the cooked chicken, added a few chopped mushrooms and used all low-sodium chicken broth, with no water. As other reviewers suggested, I added the noodles when I turned the crockpot off; they cooked through and didn't get mushy at all. All the proportions of ingredients were perfect, which made this such an extra-good chicken soup recipe. I'll definitely make this again -- we loved it!
First time making chicken noodle soup and it was AMAZING! I used 2lbs of split chicken breast with the skin removed and did 4cups water and 4cups broth. Only used one teaspoon salt. My hubby thought it was excellent! Defiently a keeper and so easy to do
I love this recipe however I use Orzo instead of the egg noodles they last and hold up well