There are lots of different things you can make for dinner with leftover (cooked) chicken. My favorite, particularly on a cold night, is a hot bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. This is one of those soups for which you can find really complicated, time-consuming recipes or – just use this quick version for beginners!
All of the ingredients you will need for this recipe are pretty standard food items:
2 teaspoons of butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery
4-6 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of noodles
1 1/2 cups of chicken, cooked and shredded
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Broth is the strained liquid left from cooking vegetables, meat, or fish in water. It is often used as a synonym for bullion.
Stock is basically the same thing but cooked more slowly and has a more intense flavor than broth.
Bullion cubes or granules are compressed stock that needs to be dissolved before using.
For the broth, I’m using a product called “Better than Bullion.” It needs to get dissolved in hot water before adding it to the soup. A can or box of chicken broth or bullion cubes or granules could be used here as well.
My grocery store sometimes has what they call a “Soup Green Mix”. They bundle together everything you might need to make soup.
This mix included a turnip, an onion, a potato, 3 stalks of celery, 1 GIANT carrot, 1 leek, 1 parsnip, some dill and some parsley.
If you like all the vegetables in one of these “starter packs”, great! But I prefer to pick out my own vegetables.
To make startcooking.com’s Chicken Noodle Soup, start by chopping the onion, and slicing the carrot and celery.
Melt the butter in a big pot, on medium-high heat, and add the onions, carrots and celery.
Cook these three vegetables until lightly browned – about 5 minutes.
Add the chicken broth and bring the pot to a boil.
Turn the soup down to simmer.
Cover the pot and let the soup cook for about 10-15 minutes.
While the soup is cooking, chop the parsley and shred the chicken by just pulling it apart with your fingers. You could cut it into chunks but shredding it gives the soup a nice homemade texture.
Add the noodles to the pot and simmer the soup, uncovered, until the noodles are tender. The amount of time will depend on what size noodle you added to the soup. Check the label on the noodle package for cooking times.
Taste the soup to see if it needs any salt and pepper. (Different chicken broth brands have different levels of salt in them, so a taste test is essential to determine how much salt your soup needs.)
Add the shredded chicken and simmer until chicken is warm.
Mix the parsley in the soup or use it to garnish the top.