Chicken Noodle Soup a Healthy Comfort Food
Chicken noodle soup has long been known as one of the best healthy comfort foods. When we think of chicken noodle soup, we feel emotionally secure. It is what our mother had given us when we were sick with a cold. Or even with the flu. I remember my mother saying, "Have some soup. It will make you feel better." And it seemed like it did. Chicken noodle soup is a tradition that is passed along from generation to generation. The best kind of soup is homemade soup.
Enjoy this homemade recipe by me. Something that I had made many times but never wrote it down. I am that type of cook that adds the ingredients and try the different seasonings until it taste just right.
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Early Days of Chicken Soup to Present
Chicken soup was prescribed as a cure for the common cold as early as ancient Egypt (civilization for ancient Egypt began around 3150 BC). There is no reference as to when the first chicken soup was created, but it is mentioned that tough chickens were boiled and de-boned after cooking, and then the chicken is broken up and put back in the water, thence "Chicken Soup". Persian physician Ali Sina Balkhi, (known as Avicenna), in the 10th century, referred to chicken soup's curative powers in his writing. In the 12th-century the Jewish physician and sage Moses Maimonides wrote that chicken soup "has virtue in rectifying corrupted humours," and recommended it as nutrition for convalescents; Maimonides also recommended the soup for people suffering from hemorrhoids and the early stages of leprosy.
Health Benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup
Recent studies have shown that Chicken soup may actually have some health benefits. A resent study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, showed that the blend of nutrients and vitamins in traditional chicken soup can slow the activity of certain white blood cells. This may have an anti-inflammatory effect. Their research was published in 2000 in the Scientific Journal.
Chicken soup is easy to prepare, nutritious, and easily digested. Warm soup can clear the sinuses because of the steam ventilating into the nasal passages, serving as a natural decongestant. In a study, prolonged cooking of a bone in soup increases the calcium content of the soup.
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Campbell's condensed soup in the 1930s featured a "chicken soup with noodles". But a slip of the tongue on the "Amos 'n' Andy" radio show in 1930 referred the soup as "chicken noodle soup". Until then, the soup was not selling and Campbell's was preparing to discontinue the soup. After the broadcast, letters began pouring in asking for Chicken Noodle Soup.
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My Recipe for My Daughter
Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my specialties. The recipe I use varies in the way I make it each time. This is my own recipe, never written down, one of those experiments that comes from my head. As with the many of my recipes, I will throw this and that together; a handful of this and several shakes of that. When I do use a recipe, rarely do I follow it completely the way it is written. This irritates my daughter, since she was never interested in cooking as she was growing up. Her excuse, "Mom...this is a different age. We do not have to be domesticated. My guy will do all the cooking and cleaning for me."
When she was in College, she would call me up and ask how to make various dishes. Since I usually don't write my recipes down (written only in my head), I would have to think through the steps and I actually visualize her irritation on the other end of the phone.
Some time back, we picked our daughter from her apartment, 118 miles one way. She told me that she would like to help make "Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup". Of course at the time I had envision her saying the day that we would be making this, "Mom, I am too tired. Can you just do it?"
But she ended up being a good helper.
I had prewritten the recipe, knowing that we would probably make changes along the way. We even decided to video tape it; put it on YouTube and added it to this article.
This is a recipe that was made in a slow cooker, but a large stock pan can be substituted. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. (Hopefully, my overseas friends can convert it to their metric system.)
Chicken and Vegetables
Start with the Ingredients
3 1/2 to 4 lbs. frying chicken
1 large onion (or 2 medium) - diced
3 carrots, sliced
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme
2 tsp. parsley flakes (crushed)
1/2 tsp sage
2 tsp. beef bouillon (or 2 cubes)
2 tsp chicken bouillon (or 2 cubes)
1 1/2 to 2 c. 100% orange juice
2 1/2 to 3 c. egg noodles
5 c. of water
1 c. of water for bouillon
Wash chicken thoroughly, peel off skin and cut off any excess fat. Place chicken in slow cooker with 5 cups of water (or enough to cover chicken). Follow the directions on the slow cooker. In most cases, heat at 300 degrees until boiling, then simmer 3 to 4 hours. Chicken will be done when the meat falls off the bone.
During the time that you are cooking the chicken, cut up the vegetables and set aside.
When the chicken is done, take it out of the cooker, debone the chicken and break it into pieces. Strain the broth for any small bones through a strainer. (You can also strain it through cheesecloth to trap some of the grease. The fat can also be removed by chilling the broth overnight and skimming off the layer of fat from the top.)
Add back all of the broth to the slow cooker. Place the bouillon in the cup of hot water and mix until dissolved. Add the bouillon mixture and the orange juice to the slow cooker. Combine the chicken, vegetables and spices to the slow cooker. Heat the soup to boil and then simmer for at least an hour or until vegetables are tender.
Cook the egg noodles according to the directions, and then add to the pot. Cook another 30 minutes.
Makes about 4 1/2 quarts
Serves 10 (or 4 very hungry people)
After we made the video, (a little hard to make ingredient changes, during filming), I did add an additional teaspoon of lemon pepper and basil then what is listed above. Even then, I found it less seasoned to how I usually cook it. But seasoning is an individual taste. Feel free to experiment and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
Cut the recipe in half for smaller portions. Even after all these years of cooking, I still haven't figured out to cook for a few people.
Soup can be placed in smaller containers for the freezer. Can be frozen for several months.
Lemon pepper is a great substitute for salt. You can use more of it in place of the salt. Read the ingredients before you buy the spice. Make sure it has lemon powder and not salt in it. Better yet, there are recipes online to make your own lemon pepper. I might grab one of those and put it in my blog Recipes for All Check back on the blog to see if it is there. If you have a great recipe for it, email it to me and I will put it on my blog with your name included.
Beware of MSG in seasoning. Look at the labels to make sure the seasoning is of healthy ingredients.
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How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup
This is my first attempt on YouTube with making the soup recipe. Originally my daughter was supposed to talk through the recipe, but she wouldn't stop laughing. It might be a little corny but I hope you enjoy it and leave some nice ratings. It took over 24 hours to upload and we didn't think it took. This video has been on YouTube since Mar. 3, 2008. If you are a YouTube member, add this to your list.
Chicken Noodle Soup on YouTube
Does this Chicken know what is in the soup?
We made a video on making Chicken Noodle soup, so you could follow the recipe in action. This would of been the first time on YouTube. The problem was my daughter needed a camcorder for some classes. It took awhile for it to get there, but now the video is here as shown above.
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Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on October 14, 2014:
bensen32 Why can you only eat the soup in the winter?
Thomas Bensen from Wisconsin on October 13, 2014:
Love chicken noodle soup but can only eat it during the winter.
Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on March 14, 2014:
@favored: I know I am the mom, but I think my daughter is very pretty. She does make the video look nicer then if I was in front of the camera. Hope you have a copy of the book.
Fay Favored from USA on March 11, 2014:
Just saw this on your web page and You Tube. Your daughter is so lovely. What team work you've got going there :) Thanks for the recipe. Adding this to the book!
Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on January 14, 2014:
@cenafrankthai: You are welcome.
cenafrankthai on January 02, 2014:
thanks for beautifully presenting the details as aticles.
steadytracker lm on August 19, 2013:
Nothing is better on a cold and rainy day like a warm bowl of homemade chicken soup. I will make some this afternoon seeing as though there is a typhoon out there today. Thanks for sharing.
anonymous on July 20, 2013:
Canned soups are great, but famous for high sodium content,, especially Campbells soups ---- even their low sodium versions .
marktplaatsshop on July 18, 2013:
Great lens, thankks for sharing and also thanks for visiting and liking my lens on the honey bee,
I appreciate it very much
Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 17, 2013:
I never thought of using beef broth or oj in chicken soup but it does sound delicious. It's a must try recipe.
cbarkett on April 10, 2013:
I never would have thought of orange juice or beef bouillon but I've been looking for a good recipe and am sure going to try this
pericaluic on March 28, 2013:
anonymous on March 20, 2013:
I love your food lens, must try soon. Usually make spicy recipes.
anonymous on March 19, 2013:
Love the orange box about lemon pepper. I had to learn that one the hard way. Most people don't think about salt (or even sometimes sugar) in lemon pepper.
PrepareToGo on March 10, 2013:
What a creative topic.
sarasentor lm on February 27, 2013:
I love chicken noodle
anonymous on January 24, 2013:
Chicken noodle soup is a true classic.
Suunnyy on January 20, 2013:
imagelist lm on December 23, 2012:
TedWritesStuff on December 21, 2012:
CNS... great for the soul!
cmadden on December 16, 2012:
Chicken noodle soup is one of my faves - great lens!
KandH on November 27, 2012:
I love to cook, thanks for the new chicken noodle soup recipe :)
Michey LM on November 19, 2012:
Hi! I just have a cold... so you remind me that a chicken soup can help! Thanks
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on November 19, 2012:
Nothing better than a chicken soup on a cold day... Oh, yes, home made chicken noodle soup is even better!
anonymous on October 10, 2012:
Mmmm, chicken soup ... it is an old habbit here in Slovenia to bring chicken soup as a gift to a mother when she arrives from the hospital after the labor. They say that because chicken soup can be really healthy.
Allison Whitehead on October 03, 2012:
Now I'm hungry! lol excellent lens
jannymanla on September 17, 2012:
Our family's all time favorite soup. Love it!
sunny saib on September 06, 2012:
I love chicken noodle soup! Good job :)
Elaine Chen on September 04, 2012:
thanks for your sharing, plan to cook for tomorrow lunch
Tia Novak on August 30, 2012:
I like this lens very much because I have learned something that I did not know before. Thank you for that.
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 27, 2012:
What a great lens packed with info! I ate homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch today, yum.
jazziyarbrough on May 19, 2012:
Thank you for sharing your great home made chicken noodle recipe. I will try it!
tjustleft on May 01, 2012:
Awesome lens Sandy! I make chicken soup often. It's good for me and even when I don't feel good it is one thing I know I'll be able to eat :)
cynthiannleighton on April 07, 2012:
I learned a lot from your lenses so far! Followed too:-)
xjason2x on April 06, 2012:
Looks good! Gonna try it out.
lensesbyjames on April 04, 2012:
They lens thanks for the chicken noodle soup info!
anonymous on April 01, 2012:
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Blessed!
Bradley Baker from Stephens City on March 30, 2012:
your lns made me reallly hungary
Deadicated LM on March 19, 2012:
Yes, I love to cook. Oh yummy, I want some Chicken Noodle Soup right now.
nyclittleitaly on March 19, 2012:
Chicken soup is always good on a very cold day. Although, I enjoy it year round. Great lens.
Bananko on March 14, 2012:
I make Chicken Noodle Soup almost once a month, my grandma gave me awesome recipe. Nice lens you have here.
joykennel on March 10, 2012:
sounds delicious--yummy lens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PamelaU on March 07, 2012:
I love love love chicken noodle soup - am working on perfecting my own recipe.
AJ from Australia on March 06, 2012:
This looks soooo good. Just love chicken noodle soup.
Charming_Beads on March 04, 2012:
Your chicken soup recipe looks really tasty! For health benefits it doesn't need to be so fancy. This is a great topic for a lens, I think there are lots of young people who have no idea how beneficial chicken soup really is. They need to know how to make it, and you've done a great job of teaching it.
TTMall on March 03, 2012:
Thank you for such an informative lens.
Edwardjames81 on March 01, 2012:
An excellent lens this - going to have to give this a try.
happynutritionist on February 29, 2012:
We're having a rare-for-this-year bit of snow, and warm soup like this sounds so cozy! Another "blessing* for you:-)
mary lighthouse15 on February 27, 2012:
I love chicken noodle soup. Great lens!
chrisssy on February 24, 2012:
Great lens. Looks yummy i'll give it a try
leeleon on February 24, 2012:
laporter79 lm on February 18, 2012:
Try adding 1 tsp of curry powder to your chicken noodle soup. Its what adds the wonderful yellow color to the broth without the strong flavor of the curry. Adds a savory touch...Thanks for the recipe!
anonymous on February 17, 2012:
It looks good. I'll have to try making this with my daughter. Great lens.
kathysart on February 03, 2012:
I became an angel so had to come back and bless this lens. Happy day!
justholidays on February 03, 2012:
It's so cold here that, indeed, a chicken noodle soup would be greatly appreciated! So, I keep your recipe page in my bookmarks so that I can refer to it to prepare this comfort soup by tonight!
anonymous on January 27, 2012:
Looks very yummy :))
WriterJanis2 on January 22, 2012:
Looks delicious, Blessed!
anonymous on January 18, 2012:
Great article Sandy! Enjoyed reading and wanting to eat this right now.
sheezie77 on January 15, 2012:
Yummy!!! Thumbs up for great lens!
JoshK47 on January 13, 2012:
Chicken noodle soup has always been a favorite of mine - always takes me back to childhood. Wonderful lens - blessed by a SquidAngel. :)
VillaDejaBlue on January 12, 2012:
Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on January 12, 2012:
Enjoyed your delicious 'recipe plus ' lens. Thumbs up. I have included it in my 'Mama Ruby's Chicken Soup' lens. Hope you have a great day.
darciefrench lm on December 31, 2011:
Homemade chicken noodle soup is always good for the soul :)
River_Rose on December 30, 2011:
Like the fact that the family worked together on the "movie" ! Recipe looks great also!
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on December 19, 2011:
I love chicken noodle soup! I make homemade soup several times a week. I really enjoyed seeing your daughter and husband on the video. But where were YOU? (Behind the camera, I'm guessing.)
luvhammers on December 19, 2011:
mmm chicken noodle soup
miaponzo on December 15, 2011:
Back for a blessing! :)
Hearty Cindy Penaranda from Ormoc City on December 11, 2011:
love soups especially on a cold day..
squid-pinkchic18 on November 11, 2011:
Great lens! I've been wanting to make homemade chicken noodle soup now that it is fall and the weather is getting chilly :) Thank you for the recipe, i will be giving it a try soon!!
greenlungsofpoland on November 04, 2011:
Love to cook but chicken noodle soup is very different in poland perhaps i should do that for a lens and share it with you x looks great
Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 03, 2011:
Hey Sandy! I have added my moms homemade veg soup to your plexo and added your to mine! Love this homemade soup recipe!!!
Tamara14 on November 02, 2011:
This is most definitely the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about my grandma's kitchen and loving childhood memories. I cook this soup for soar children's throats during cold months too :) Blessed~
TeacherRenee on October 18, 2011:
perfect recipe for this time of year!
catherinelovestv on October 17, 2011:
its given me some great ideas for the hubbys tea!
SaintFrantic on October 12, 2011:
I still remember the taste of my grandmother chicken noodle soup.Thanks for sharing
mistersquidoo_here on October 11, 2011:
this lens has success make me hungry again today..hehe
Fcuk Hub on October 10, 2011:
it reminds me my home which is far away now :)
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 06, 2011:
What a great lens. I love how this was a family effort. The video was a very nice touch. Can't wait to try out your recipe and your approach to making homemade chicken noodle soup. I also like your Tier 1 experiment. Creative idea. *Squid Angel blessed.* My version of adding a secret ingredient to your comfort food. :-)
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on October 04, 2011:
A very interesting way to make chicken noodle soup...and I MUST try it. Thanks for sharing.
jseven lm on September 29, 2011:
Sounds good on a cold day and the orange juice is interesting!
mockingbird999 on September 29, 2011:
Sounds pretty good.
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on September 29, 2011:
Came back to give this an angel blessing, and I'm about ready to start up soup making so this recipe is great!
blessedmomto7 on September 29, 2011:
My homemade chicken soup never comes out very good, I'll have to try your recipe!
Annamadagan on September 29, 2011:
This looks great!
Heather B on September 29, 2011:
I shall be using this lens the next time I get a cold! ;)
Sunflower Susan on September 25, 2011:
I love to make chicken and turkey soups. I do like to add milk to make the broth heartier, and I love bowtie pasta. I never write down the seasonings though. I'm a bad record-keeper. Great lens. More people need to make it from scratch - nothing like it. :o)
NevermoreShirts on September 21, 2011:
Wow, this just made me super hungry - wonderful!!!
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on September 20, 2011:
Chicken noodle soup is a classic here in Slovenia too. Mmmmmm, memories!
Debbie from England on September 18, 2011:
Yum, Yum! Now featured at Brr!! My Feet (Hands, Nose, Ears) Are Cold!!
Chazz from New York on August 28, 2011:
This is a wonderful lens and I can't wait to try your recipe. Love that you included some historical background too. Very interesting. Blessings. (Your lens has been added to "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our tribute page to some of the best lenses we've found since donning our wings.)
anonymous on August 28, 2011:
I love Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup !! This is a great lens! Nominated for LOTD
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on August 15, 2011:
Just dropping in to leave a blessing on this yummy lens. It is a cold day here in NZ and this recipe was on my mind :)
Rock Artist on July 25, 2011:
Great lens, thank you. I am new to Squidoo and was wondering if you could tell me what Module you used for "Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup" section of this lens. Thanks!
Donnette Davis from South Africa on July 19, 2011:
My kids love it :) and this is THE only soup they'll eat!
Rose Jones on July 18, 2011:
My mother in law taught me how to make homemade turkey soup which makes every Thanksgiving even more special. Very healthy. Her secret ingredient is a turnip.
pimbels lm on July 12, 2011:
I love chicken soup. Thank you for a great lens.
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anonymous on July 07, 2011:
I just cooked a chicken, must make some stock with the bones and try some soup like this, looks very good indeed!
LikinTrikin LM on June 08, 2011:
Definitely my favorite to make and eat
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on June 08, 2011:
I think soup is cornerstone to home cuisine. Nowadays it is very difficult to find quality ingredients and time to make it right.