We’ve been a bit under the weather around here this week, which was kind of a bummer over Christmas. So we’ve watched lots of great Christmas movies, and I’ve turned to one of my most comforting, healing recipes, chicken and noodles. I love this recipe because it really does comfort and it seems to speed up the healing process. I also love that it can be served as a soup or thickened up and served over mashed potatoes.
I start with a whole chicken and cook it with some spices including poultry seasoning, 2 bay leaves, turmeric, and just a tiny bit of ginger. The spices are really what make this recipe so wonderful. After the chicken is cooked and tender, I shred it while the vegetables and noodles boil. Then I add it all back in together, and add a little bit of bouillon, and the recipe is ready.
Something that is really wonderful about chicken and noodles is that is really tastes better on day two or day three. So if you feel that your family is coming down with something, you can get this ready and have something delicious and nutritious ready in the fridge for an illness.
What is your go-to recipe for your family when you’re sick?
- 1 whole chicken or 4 cups shredded chicken (from Rotisserie, etc.)
- ½ t poultry seasoning
- ¼ t turmeric (optional)
- ¼ t ginger (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ t onion powder
- ½ t garlic powder
- 2 carrots pealed and sliced thin
- 2 celery stalked pealed and sliced thing
- 1 12 oz bag or noodles (dry or frozen)
- 1 t chicken bouillon (my favorite it Better Than Bouilllon)
- Over medium-high heat, cook chicken in a large stalk pot that it filled with about eight cups of water, the poultry seasoning, onion and garlic powders, bay leaves, and ginger and turmeric if using. Also add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until meat is cooked through, about forty-five minutes.
- Remove chicken and bay leaves from broth. Discard the bay leaves. Increase burner heat to high, and add the carrots, celery, noodles, and bouillon. Boil until vegetables and noodles are tender, about ten minutes.
- Meanwhile, using two forks, shred the chicken. Add back to the pot once the vegetables and noodles are finished cooking.
- If you'd like a thicker result, dissolve ¼ cup flour in one cup water, and add, cooking over medium heat until the dish thickens.
Here are a few other favorite healing recipes of ours…
Mashed Potatoes (to serve with chicken and noodles)