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want to make chicken noodle soup from scratch. help

So I have 5.5lbs of chicken leg quarters, a stock pot, some egg noodles, onion, and couple carrots. want to make some awesome chicken noodle soup. like to make everything from scratch. any tips?


  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    Cook the chicken on the egg. Then de bone it cut up your veggies and if you had celery that would work also.

    I like to cook my soup for about 5 or so hours and add water when it goes down, throw the noodles in about half way through the cook.

    You can add what spices you desire for your taste.  You should enjoy,

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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,690
    I would roast the chicken first with some good spice and smoke.  

    Next step, I would cut the meat off the bones, and throw the roasted bones and skin in a pot with 3 quarts of water and let it simmer for a few hours. Then cool and skim off the fat.  The broth should be thick and gelatinous at this point.

    When ready to make the soup, saute your veggies first for a few minutes until they start to soften. (onions, garlic, celery, carrots, etc).  I like them diced fairly small, but that is a personal choice. 

    Add the broth, and when it is hot, check the seasoning and let it simmer for just a bit.  I would re-add the chicken and the noodles only for the last 30 minutes.  

    I don't think a soup like chicken noodle benefits from a long cook - I like a little crunch in the vegetables, and the noodles not soggy.

    By the way, you are starting with leg quarters, For your next cook, try a whole chicken.  There is more goodness and flavor in the stock made from simmering a whole carcass. Always include any skin you did not eat.  If you egg your Thanksgiving Turkey (or even if you don't), simmer that carcass for stock.  I always have 3-4 quarts of homemade stock in the freezer.  It's the best!
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  • avibugavibug Posts: 163
    Similar to Cookinbob's suggestion with the turkey carcass, use a whole chicken and throw extra bones in.  Chicken necks are great for soup, as are beef bones.  I made some yesterday and used a whole chicken, 1/2 pound of necks, some beef bones, some big chunks of carrot, squash and parsnip, and a whole onion. Also, I don't put the noodles into the soup while cooking; I make them separately and just add to the bowl when serving.   
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  • warwomanwarwoman Posts: 277
    Agree with Avibug and CookinBob on whole chicken. I do "cheat" just a little by adding a large can of cream of mushroom soup (Campbell's heart healthy fat free), and maybe some cut up shitake's, if the logs out back are bearing! Yum!!!
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,941
    If you do Egg the chicken, keep the smoke to a minimum. I've ended up tossing a couple pots of stock because the smoke flavor concentrates, and becomes unpleasant.

    The quarters can be just roasted. I usually drop the chix in a slow cooker first. Don't need to add anything, but a little salt doesn't hurt, and poultry rub works well. After a few hours, the meat will be ready to fall off the bones, and there will be some nice juice that can be added into the stock.

    There will also be fat and soggy skin. Save that for making schmaltz if you like.

    Pull the meat from the bones. Set aside. Should be easy. Leave a little on the bones. Put those into a 350 oven till brown. I like to add a some fat, and some sliced onions but that is not neccesary.

    Place the browned bones (and onion) into a stock pot w. a couple quarts of water. Or use a pressure cooker w. just as much water as needed for the final pot of soup. The standard addition to the pot is a mix of finely minced onion, carrot, and celery. Simmer for hours till the water reduces by half, or pressure cook for about an hour. Try not to let the water boil. Boiling will make the finished product cloudy. As mentioned, skim the scum away.

    If you don't mind cloudy, and want more nutrition, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the pot. That will disolve some of the bone, adding a higher mineral content.

    Strain out the solids, and let the stock sit so any fat comes to the top. Remove that.

    Slice/dice carrots, onion and celery, the standards. Other things can go in too. Parsnip works, tho' I think it is too sweet to use in quantity. Maybe some Italian parsley. Small quantities of sliced fennel bulb can work. A slice of ginger. Up to you.

    Boil the noodles.

    Add as much of the shredded chicken to the stock as you like. If the chicken was cooked in rub, most of the flavor you will want is already present. Taste and adjust. Add vegetables. Cook till they are beginning to loosing their crunch. Drain and add the noodles, and continue heating till the vegs are just barely tender.

    If vinegar was not used to make the stock, add a few drops of lemon juice, and serve.

    (Once you start making your own soups, most commercial stuff won't seem worth eating. Good stock by itself is a worthy goal. I hoard bones so that I can make my own.)
  • DredgerDredger Posts: 1,453
    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Servings: 10

    1 whole cut up chicken, no giblets
    3 cans (15 ounces each) chicken broth
    3 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon oregano
    1 tablespoon Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 cups water
    1 cup carrots, chopped
    1 cup celery, chopped
    24 ounces egg noodles

    1. Add the chicken, chicken broth, garlic, onion, oregano, Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt and salt to an 8 quart stock pot. Add enough water to cover the chicken, which will be approximately 3 cups.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes or until the chicken is done.

    2. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool.

    3. Add the carrots and celery to the stock pot and simmer until done, approximately 30 minutes.

    4. While the soup is simmering, bone the chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Chop the chicken into 1 inch cubes and return it to the stock pot.

    5. Add the noodles and simmer until they are done, approximately 20 minutes.

    Cooking Times
    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

    Nutrition Facts
    Nutrition (per serving): 382 calories, 73 calories from fat, 8.3g total fat, 92.3mg cholesterol, 907.3mg sodium, 390.1mg potassium, 52.3g carbohydrates, 3.2g fiber, 2.8g sugar, 23.6g protein, 45.9 points.
    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    What @gdenby said. I would add that if you can get some backs, and bones anywhere to add to the stock it will improve the mouth feel. Just boil them first for five minutes to kill any scum causing stuff.


    Caledon, ON


  • What @gdenby said. I would add that if you can get some backs, and bones anywhere to add to the stock it will improve the mouth feel. Just boil them first for five minutes to kill any scum causing stuff.
    Are you still loafing around the house?
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    No, hard at work son.


    Caledon, ON


  • Oh, me too!
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,014
    if im making this for a few meals reheated i like to make the first batch with rice and barley, then on reheats add in the noodles so they dont start falling apart
  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,047
    Appreciate everything.
    So this is not something I could start after work and have for dinner it seems? I will need to do on a weekend or over multiple nights
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    It is if you go strictly with broth. You need 6 - 8 hours to make a decent stock. Stock doesn't add a lot of flavor but adds richness.

    Here is a relatively fast one. This lady makes several soups on this site and if you are interested click on more from this hero


    Caledon, ON


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