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I just had to do this one! Whether you believe it or not, good homemade chicken soup, made from scratch is a great thing to have on hand for just about anything; We are not sure if it really works when you have a bad cold – but I can tell you that it will most definitely not hurt! I always make a big pot of it, then put portions into ziplock bags and freeze them. It defrosts beautifully and tastes even better!
4 lb. chicken cut into 5 or 6 pieces
6 cups of cold water
1 carrot sliced
2 stalks of celery, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
salt and pepper to taste
Clean and wipe chicken, put all except breast meat in a large pot. Add water, vegetables and seasonings. Heat gradually to boiling point; add breast meat. Cover and cook slowly until breast meat is tender (give it about an hour or more it depends on what meat you are using) . Cool and remove fat that will set on top of the broth. Bring to boil again; strain. Add more seasonings if desired. You can now cool it and store it for future use or return vegetables into the broth, cut up the meat and add noodles. Cook until noodles are tender and again adjust seasonings to taste.
I also like to add chopped potatoes and sliced mushrooms – it makes this old-fashioned chicken noodle soup even better!
I would love to hear your comments – was this recipe helpful to you?