Roger loves the whole roasted cooked chickens that you can buy for 5 bucks at Sam's Club, Costco, and Kroger. There is always a lot of small pieces of chicken left over on the carcass after we slice off large pieces for our dinner. So rather than throw it in the trash, I throw the small pieces of chicken into a pot along with whatever else I have in the fridge.
The recipe changes from batch to batch but generally this is the recipe.
Leftover chicken pieces. Pull apart larger pieces so they are spoon size.
2 cartons of chicken broth (I prefer low sodium but you use what you like best)
2 chicken bouillon cubes to pump up the chicken flavor
celery stalks, cut lengthwise and then diced
carrots fresh, cut in diagonal thin slices or use frozen or small can (drain before using)
small can whole kernel corn (drained)
1/2 C frozen peas not can peas. Can peas are too soft
1/2 C frozen lima beans
small can of mushrooms (Roger likes this)
2 cups or 3 handfuls of large size (dumpling) egg noodles
Season to taste. I also add just before serving, a shake or two of dill weed. Also had salt and pepper to taste.
In a large pot pour 1 1/2 cartons of broth (save the 1/2 carton for adding to bowls of soup when you re warm the soup because the noodles will soak up a lot of broth while in the fridge). Add the 2 bouillon cubes and heat at med high.
While the broth comes up to temp add your chicken pieces, carrots, corn, lima beans, peas, celery, even green beans. Once it comes to a boil, turn down the heat to low medium and cover.
Cook your noodles in a large sauce pan. Once they are cooked, drain, and add to the soup. Never add uncooked noodles to your soup because the noodles will absorb all the broth. At this point I add the mushrooms, cover, and turn the heat down to low for 1 hour.
You can adjust this recipe depending on what your family likes and how much soup you are making.
We prefer the large dumpling size noodles but you can also use the smaller egg noodles.
When reheating the soup in individual bowls, add some of the leftover chicken broth if the broth has absorbed into the noodles.
Store in fridge in a covered container so that the noodles do not dry out.
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