February 7, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Old Man Winter got busy dumping wet snow in the Washington D.C area. We had a few inches last Tuesday which melted by Wednesday then it started snowing again mid-morning Friday and continued to snow all day Saturday until sundown. There's over 2 feet of the white stuff all over and the limbs of trees look like they are about to snap due to their heavy load. 

Just looking at it makes me want to slurp some hot soup. Not just any soup but the ones I used to have back in the Philippines, the chicken noodle soup that comes in packets [with tiny noodles and barely visible chicken pieces] that you boil in water. It's a good thing I have frozen bars of homemade chicken broth ready to be thawed for times like these. Homemade chicken stock tastes so much better than canned and probably will be healthier too if you defat it and don't add MSG and too much salt in it.

Chicken Stock
6 cups water
1 whole chicken, quartered and rinsed well
2 onions, quartered
4 carrots, cut into 4 pieces
3 celery sticks, halved
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole white or black peppercorns
2 teaspoons sea salt
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the water and chicken over high heat and let come to a full boil. Skim off all the foam that rise to the top and discard. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. 
  • Remove and transfer the chicken pieces into a container, cover, and refrigerate. When the chicken has cooled, debone them, discard the bones, and cube or shred the meat, set aside. 
  • Strain the stock and discard the solids. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight or until the fat solidifies. Remove the layer of fat on top and discard. Transfer stock into plastic containers together with some of the chicken meat and freeze. Transfer into vacuum bags and leave in the freezer until needed.
I used fideo noodles for the chicken noodle soup which are available at the International section of grocery stores. They are thinner than angel hair pasta and already cut into 1-inch long pieces. We usually eat soups in large coffee mugs which retains the heat of the soup much longer than shallow soup bowls.

Chicken Noodle Soup
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 cup cubed or shredded cooked chicken
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup carrots, thinly sliced or shredded
2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
¾ cup fideo noodles or angel hair pasta (cut into 1 inch pieces)
sea salt and ground white pepper, to taste
  • In a Dutch oven over high heat, combine stock,  water, chicken, and onion, and let come to a boil. Cook on medium heat, covered, for 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and noodles. Simmer, uncovered, until vegetables and noodles are tender. Taste and add seasonings. Serve immediately.
And when mother nature hands you 2 feet of snow, you make snowballs for a massive snowball fight. Enjoy!


Sidney said...

It looks like fun so much snow! ;-)
Keep warm !

Juliana said...

Chicken noodle soup is always welcome in our home...your looks delicious...by the way, the snow picture looks great...

Oggi said...

Sidney, I haven't been out of the house for a week already.:)

Juliana, thanks. Ah yes, any noodle soup including ramen in a packet is comfort food.:)

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