Chicken and Noodles.

Something about cold weather, grey skies, flu spreading like a wildfire, and a Sunday at home make me crave my grandma’s chicken and noodles. If you know my grandma, you know her noodles are famous. Woman’s got a way with carbs, I tell ya.

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Now for these homemade chicken and noodles – I’m doing the whole shebang, full monty, whole ball of wax, everything from scratch, chicken and noodles. However, feel free to stop after the broth step and add store bought egg noodles or noodles found in your freezer section.

Step 1. Homemade Chicken Broth.

If you’ve never made broth, a couple of things you should know – 1. It’s the easiest thing you’ll ever do. 2. It makes your house smell oh-so-good.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3-3½ lb. chicken
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 quart chicken broth (I like to use Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 bay leaves

First, chop your veggies.

DSC_9459Then add your bird, liquid, veggies, and herbs to a dutch oven.

DSC_9465When all is said and done, you’ll want 3 quarts of liquid. If your pot will not allow you to use all 3 quarts in this step, use the 2 quarts water to cover your chicken and then add the remaining liquid (chicken broth) when you pull your bird out. But if you can fit it all in – even better!

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 1½ hours.

If using store bought noodles, skip to Step 3.


Step 2. Make Nellita’s Homemade Noodles.

With about 30 minutes left in your broth cooking time, prepare your noodles.

Here’s what you need:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 half egg shells full of Carnation Evaporated Milk (I’ll explain)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2½-3 cups flour

First, add 5 egg yolks to a bowl/stand mixer. Save your whites and make an omelet tomorrow morning!

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Eggs straight from my farmer… my favorite!

This is a Grandma recipe, so we are going to measure like Grandma. Grandma’s don’t use measuring cups, tablespoons, or teaspoons; they use pinches, dashes, and egg shells. Stay with me here…

In the largest half shell you have, measure out 5 half shells worth of Carnation milk. You better not mess up your shells, or you’ll be outta luck!

DSC_9485Whisk egg yolks and milk until combined.

In another bowl, combine baking powder, salt, and 2½ cups of flour.

Add the flour mixture to your egg mixture. If using a stand mixer – use your pig tail attachment until a ball forms. If using a hand mixer – mix until it gets tough, and then finish combining with your hands.

DSC_9492Lay the ball of dough on a clean, floured surface. Was it necessary to say clean? I hope not.

Roll out your dough until it’s about 1/8″ thick. This is a serious forearm workout y’all!

DSC_9498Cut your dough into 1/4″ strips, and about 2-3″ long.

DSC_9505Do as I say, not as I do. My noodles are little big here.

DSC_9510Let your hard work dry for about 10 minutes.


 Step 3. Assemble your homemade soup.

Remove your cooked chicken from the broth. Pour the broth through a strainer to remove all the mushy veggies and chicken fat. Add the broth back into your dutch oven, and add in remaining liquid if necessary.

Final touches:

  • (4) carrots
  • (2) celery stalks
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp. flour (mixed with a little warm water)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Chop the carrots and celery.

DSC_9456Add veggies, turmeric, and salt & pepper to your broth. Let boil 10 minutes until veggies begin to soften.

Isn't Tumeric pretty?

Isn’t turmeric pretty?

While the veggies are boiling, shred your chicken.

After 10 minutes, add flour/water mixture to thicken your broth slightly. Then add in shredded chicken.

Now… for the grand finale… add your homemade noodles and let cook for 30-45 minutes until tender, OR add in your store bought noodles and cook for recommended time on the package.

DSC_9456There you have it! Homemade Chicken and Noodles. You did Grandma proud.

My grandma's a babe. Grandpa - you're not too bad either.

My grandma’s a babe. Grandpa, you’re not too bad either.

Here’s a handy dandy printable version of this recipe: Homemade Chicken and Noodles.


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