If ever I was to choose a comfort food from my childhood, my dad’s chicken and noodles would probably be it. The delicious homemade noodles are the absolute best part.
As I grew up, I developed my own cooking style. I’ve since readapted my father’s recipe to fit that style. This is that recipe.
Chicken and Noodles recipe
- 1 (or 2) bag frozen mirepoix (or diced onions, celery, carrots)
- 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 6 eggs
- 2 2/3 to 3 cups flour
In large stock pot, bring the mirepoix, the chicken breasts, and the broths to a simmer.
I prefer Better than Bouillon brand for my broths.
This gives me the control over the flavor of my broths.
Simmer the chicken breasts for a couple of hours. Remove the chicken to a plate or bowl, but leave the broths simmering. Shred the chicken and return it to the simmering broth.
I give the broth a taste while I’ve got the chicken pulled.
This is the perfect time to make any adjustments.
While the shredded chicken simmers, it is time to make your pasta. Start by beating those 6 eggs in a medium to large sized mixing bowl. Mix in the flour in increments. You will use about 2 cups of the flour. Your aim is to make a sticky but manageable dough.
This next part is my favorite part.
This step is messy.
You will need a second bowl and the remaining 2/3 to 1 cup of flour. Sprinkle a small bit of flour in the bottom of the bowl. Begin tearing chunks of dough into small dumplings. Drop 4-5 into the flour and toss them. Sprinkle a little more flour as needed. You don’t want these sticky noodles to stick together. Continue in this fashion until all noodles have been made and tossed with flour. You will use as much of that remaining flour as possible because this excess flour will also thicken your broth.
Go ahead and wash your hands, now.
I’ll wait here.
Bring the broth up to a gentle boil. Slowly, stir in the noodles a handful at a time. Once all the noodles are in, just let them boil for a few minutes. They are generally done after 3-5 minutes, but can continue to gently boil for a bit. I’ve never let them go past 15 minutes because I just can’t wait any longer. Once you’ve tried a bite, you will understand.
Serve this delicious chicken and noodle concoction over mashed potatoesTweet
and discover for yourself the meaning of the words comfort food.
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