Two recipes in a row? Well, yes, because I wanted to be sure to share this while it’s still cold outside and our bodies are craving warm foods!
My mom makes the BEST Chicken and Noodles. I grew up with this as a holiday staple and just started making it myself in the past couple of years because, as you probably know, it always tastes best when your mom cooks it.
Am I right?
So, last week my middle and I decided to whip up a batch for our family. It is a little time-consuming because you do hand-cut the noodles. BUT IT IS NOT DIFFICULT. And the process is actually fun when shared with someone you love.
Now, before I go any further I do want to let you know that I have all kinds of pictures of the steps involved in making this goodness, but none of the finished product because…
WE ATE IT.
But if you make it, you will understand.
Here you go!
Mom’s Chicken and Noodles
For the noodles…serves 3-4 (I double this for my family of seven, triple or quadruple for company! It tastes even better the next day. Trust me.)
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup all purpose flour (plus more as needed)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and work together until it forms a small ball. Work in flour, kneading in thoroughly, until the dough is very dry and will not absorb any more flour. It must be very dry and stiff. Divide in two and roll each section as thin as possible. Then fold it over and begin rolling from one edge until you have what resembles a Swiss Cake Roll.
Not that I eat those.
Oh, who am I kidding? Swiss Cake Rolls defined much of my childhood…a perfect dessert after chicken and noodles, don’t you think?
Take a sharp knife and slice at alternating angles, making VERY thin slices. I actually should have made mine thinner. It gives you a better texture when they are cooked.Separate the noodles and lay them out on a flour-sack towel, covered with another, to dry overnight.
For the soup…this is where it gets good!
1 small whole chicken (or 2 lb bone-in thighs/breasts)
1 carton chicken broth
1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
salt & pepper
flour for thickening
Boil the chicken until the meat is falling off the bone. Add a little salt and pepper to the water as it cooks. Reserve and strain the broth. Debone the chicken and either make bone broth with the leftover parts or toss ’em.
Bring the broth to a boil when you are ready to make the soup, adding salt, pepper and onion powder (if you like) to the broth just before adding the noodles. Once the broth is boiling add the dry noodles, one handful at a time, stirring to make sure they don’t stick together. Add more broth from the carton until the noodles have plenty of room to move around. Taste as you go and add salt/pepper to taste. Simmer until the noodles are cooked completely through and just firm to the bite. If the soup needs thickening, combine 1 Tablespoon (or more if you have made a big batch) of flour with 1/2-1 cup of cold water and whisk the lumps away. Add slowly, stirring constantly, to the chicken and noodles and simmer until the soup has the consistency you want.
Serve this simple, yummy concoction up in bowls with crusty bread and smile as your kids rise up and call you blessed.
Because they will!
If you make this, let me know what you think!