It’s that time of year, again. The weather is frightful, and colds and flu abound.
Here’s a home remedy that will comfort your friends and family, and if it doesn’t have actual healing powers (which it just might) it’s still very warm and soothing. Additionally, it has the desirable benefit of being DELICIOUS!
It’s low calorie, low fat, and good for your heart. So even if you aren’t ill, it will help you stick with those New Year’s resolutions, which is also comforting. It’s SUPER SOUP!
Soothing Chicken Noodle Soup
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- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 cup celery, copped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1-3 cloves garlic
- 1 ½ quarts (48 ounces) chicken broth
- 2 chicken breasts halves (1 pound)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
- 3-4 ounces egg noodles
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté chicken in olive oil for approximately 5 minutes per side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove to a plate, cover, and set aside. Add wine to the hot skillet to deglaze the pan for about 1 minute. Be sure to scrape off all the brown bits. Add a few tablespoons water, if necessary, and then pour through a strainer.
- In a six-quart pot, combine chopped carrots, celery, and onion. Smash the garlic, slightly with the flat edge of a large knife, and add to the pot. Cover vegetables with chicken broth, and the strained wine. Add bay leaf and chicken bouillon. Stir, cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once the mixture is boiling, remove lid, add noodles, bring back to a full boil, then reduce heat as much as you can while still maintaining the boil, and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Shred the chicken, and add it to the soup. Let it simmer for 1 more minute.
- Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley or cilantro.
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