Recipe for Home-Style Chicken Noodle Soup When the temperature drops or you’re feeling a bit under the weather, nothing is as comforting as a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup. But instead of reaching for an expensive store-bought can full of preservatives and sub-par ingredients, take a chance with this quick and simple recipe. The rich, hearty flavors will leave you wondering why you didn’t try it before! Ingredients: (makes 8 servings) 1 – 1.5 lbs. uncooked chicken 3 whole carrots 8 cups chicken broth 8 oz. bag of large egg noodles Â½ tsp. ground or cracked black pepper 1 tsp. unsalted butter 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped 2 bay leaves 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed Cooking Instructions Begin by heating a bit of olive oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat. When the butter has fully melted or the oil is shimmering, add your chicken and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides, then remove the skillet from the heat. When the chicken has cooled a bit, cut it into bite-sized chunks and set it aside. Next, heat one tablespoon of unsalted butter in a large pot or saucepan over medium heat. Slice the carrots and add them to the saucepan along with the garlic, sautÃ©ing for about three minutes, or until the garlic becomes tender and translucent. Add the chicken broth, pepper, bay leaves, and chopped chicken, and bring this mixture to a boil. Set the stovetop on medium-high heat if necessary. Once the stock is boiling, add your egg noodles. Follow the directions on the packaging to determine cooking time–generally it will be around 10 to 12 minutes. Stir occasionally. When the egg noodles have finished cooking, your chicken noodle soup is ready to eat. Garnish each bowl with a bit of fresh chopped parsley and serve! Tips and Modifications While any kind of chicken can be used for this dish, many people swear by using bone-in thigh or leg meat for a juicier, more flavorful meat. Also consider grilling the chicken rather than pan-cooking it to give the dish a slightly smoky flavor and a more rustic appearance. While this recipe only calls for carrots, there are many other vegetables that can be added according to taste. Celery, onions, bell peppers, and shallots are the most common additions–simply chop them and add them at the same time you add the carrots. There is also plenty of room to experiment with herbs and seasonings in this classic dish. A dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes imparts a subtle heat, while including more herbs such as thyme or rosemary can add new layers of flavor to the soup. Whether you follow the recipe to the letter or choose to modify it to suit personal tastes, this down-home classic is the perfect comfort food!