Friday, October 21, 2011

Under the Weather Easy Chicken and Noodles

 With commercial broth and some already cooked chicken you stored in the freezer, this comforting chicken and noodle dish comes together in no time.
With commercial broth and some already cooked chicken you stored in the freezer, this comforting chicken and noodle dish comes together in no time.

Easy Chicken and Noodles

You ever go to bed feeling perfectly fine, then wake up feeling rougher than ten miles of bad road? Well, when we have a change in the weather, that's pretty much a given with me. As I've gotten a little bit older, my body and my bones certainly feel these weather changes more. I try to remember to bump up my immune system in advance with Airborne (love, love that stuff) when I know it's coming, but sometimes I just don't remember in time.

Course, sometimes it just happens with life too. A week of restless sleep, going in and out between cold and heat, hanging with grandbabies and being around large groups of other children, and expending energy just tending to cleaning and doing chores, can really put a clink in the old body anymore and make me end up feeling a bit buggy some days.

While digging through and making room in my freezer recently, I ran across a couple of large bags of chicken backs, parts and pieces that I save, and figured it was stock making time. Just smelling that stock cooking on the stovetop put me in the mood for some healing chicken noodle soup, but as I often do, I switched gears in the midst.

As a blogger of food recipes based on what we eat in our house, I often make the same dishes over and over just like any other home cook. For those of us who frequently write our own recipes, we also like to take these opportunities of cooking to bring new ideas and recipes to our readers in the form of something new that we can publish too. What started as a thought of chicken noodle soup, quickly turned to something more like a creamy soup. Then I thought I would change the noodle up a bit from my usual egg noodle. Then I thought of one of my favorite comfort food meals - Homestyle Chicken and Noodles. Then I decided to transform this creamy base into a sort of shortcut chicken and noodles and viola, this recipe was born!

Better Than Bouillon is a product you see me mention often here on my site, though I usually do list it as an optional ingredient. It is a wonderful enhancement, especially when using a commercial broth as opposed to a homemade stock, and I love to use it as a flavor booster. I am not at all surprised to see all the new concentrated stocks in the stores now, because that's pretty much what Better Than Bouillon is - a super concentrated product. It is not a necessary ingredient of course, but I think it adds a great deal of "homemade" flavor, and you can, of course, use those as the substitute for commercial broth here as well.

I also love Barilla pastas. They are a consistent, quality dry noodle product, so when I saw this cut spaghetti on the store shelf one day, I grabbed a box figuring somewhere along the line I'd come across a use for them for soup or something. Simply uniform, broken pieces of very thin spaghetti noodles, they were perfect for this dish, but it wouldn't be much more to just break up the dry noodles yourself either, or just use your favorite pasta.

I love my homestyle chicken and noodles, but it's a little more effort than I want to put out when I'm feeling less than stellar and a bit under the weather. This recipe will do just fine for those days.

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Recipe: Under the Weather Easy Chicken and Noodles

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min

Yield: About 4 servings

  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base (like Better Than Bouillon), optional
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup broken thin spaghetti or egg noodles
  • 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 to 1 soup can milk or cream, only as needed

Heat chicken broth, whisk in the chicken base and cream soup. Add everything else, except for the chicken and milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until reduced and thickened, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken and enough milk or cream, as needed, to reach desired consistency; simmer an additional 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.

Bacon Ranch Chicken Noodles: Sprinkle in a packet of dry Ranch dressing and seasoning mix, along with four slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled, with the chicken.


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  1. Better than Boullion is a great product and the new Knorrs concentrated stock is very good too. I cant cook without these products. This soup looks delish!

  2. Hey Eva, and so easy it's sinful!

    I'm gonna check out that Knorr stuff for sure Charlotte!

  3. Surprisingly for a developing country, Honduras has scores of different chicken flavoring and bouillon products. We don't have the one in your recipe but I will experiment.

  4. Looks like some very good comfort food. Bev made potato soup and chicken & dumplings today for an ailing friend.

  5. Laurie since it's basically a thick concentrated "base" I'm sure there is something comparable there then - enjoy!

    I'm thinking I'm due for a pot of chicken and dumplings myself Larry!

  6. Perfect for the long, cold, windy, dreary, miserable, dark before 5 pm days called winter. What a fantastic comforting and simple recipe! Thanks for this easy recipe.

  7. The first bug of the season got a hold of my family too, booooo!

    I have tried two separate "bases" other than the Better Than Bouillon brand and HATED them. Tone's and another brand that escapes me. It is not even close to the same thing. One resembled lightweight spackling (for repairing drywall).

  8. Oh what a dreary description! The weather has been just marvelous here. Nice crisp cold nights, cold enough for a fire, and gorgeous cool daytime temps. Loving it!

    Oh Chris, sorry to hear that! You've got pretty active boys though, so I guess they get plenty of opportunities to pick up the bug. I love Better Than Bouillon - that stuff rocks and I know I've converted a few skeptics here because they've told me! I have not tried the new concentrated stocks - I think Knorr is one but seems I've seen a commercial for another one too.

  9. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this for dinner tonight. Very easy and very tasty. I didn't break the spaghetti noodles into small enough pieces so I ended up eating mine with a spoon and a fork. Thanks for such a tasty and quick recipe.

  10. Perfect Timing! I'm also under the weather, and this sounds delicious and not so fussy!

  11. This looked so good and easy, had to try it. I used a store bought chicken and in no time I had it on the table. I proably put too much pasta in, but it was thick and filling and I had some more for lunch today. thanks

  12. do you cube or shred your chicken or put it in whole?

  13. Did you shred or cube your chicken?

  14. Glad you enjoyed it Gina!

    Yes, it is a thick dish - not like soup, just like noodles with flavor!

    Oh sorry about that! You can shred it or chop it, but basically you just want bite sized pieces.

  15. This is going to be dinner tonight!

  16. I just made this for dinner, and I can't wait to try it. I added a bag of frozen mixed vegetables to it, and I think it will make it almost like a chicken pot pie mixture. I love your recipes, and I have made several to them. I grew up central Mississippi, but I don't live there anymore. This dishes remind of home.

  17. I made this for dinner tonight..soooo good! Everyone loved it. Love your recipes!

    1. Thank you Lisa! I just finished off that last batch I made yesterday. I just love this recipe & I'm so glad that y'all enjoyed it too - thanks so much for letting me know!

  18. Hey Mary, I made another of your GREAT dishes, this one was a real easy one that really hit the spot, up here in Northern Illinois we still have FRIGID weather, (the calendar says March, but sure don't feel much like the Marches I remember) nice comfort dish!!! I diced up a couple potatoes and gave'm a 10 minute or so head start in the broth, otherwise followed it pretty close!!! Seemed like a dish that would be even better accompanied by a dozen or so cheddar biscuts, so to make it look like I really slaved over the stove, I made them too, I like to put mine right in the soup, kinda like dumplins!!! And of course had to wash it all down with that always in demand (since I started making it a couple weeks ago) Sweet Tea!!! I JUST LOVE THIS COOKIN PAGE, THANKS MARY!!!!

    1. Jeff, can I just squeeze your neck right now??? I'm so glad you're enjoying everything and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and lift me up!! I really needed it!

  19. This recipe was a lifesaver. Husband had a very painful tooth extraction and is on soft diet for a week. His comment on this was "this is some good stuff." Thanks, Miss Mary.

  20. Could I add refrigerated biscuits and make this chicken and to cooking.

    1. You could, however this really isn't enough broth base for chicken and dumplings for very many people. I do have a shortcut C&D recipe specifically using biscuits though. You can find that recipe here.

  21. I love short cut recipes. The simpler the better!! This is one I will try! Pinning it!!

  22. Hmmm. I've got turkey left overs in the freezer but also some ham. I'll bet it would be good with either one. Gonna give it a try.

  23. I made this easy chicken & noodles yesterday.....had some for lunch today....let me just is delicious..sooooo comforting and tasty..I loved it!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!! I make a lot from Deep South Dish :)


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