There are a few different methods for making chicken stock from scratch. You can use a whole raw chicken, bones from a chicken that has already been eaten, or raw chicken parts that people don’t normally eat (like the back, feet, etc.). I’ve tried just about all of these methods and my favorite stock is hands down made with the bones from the leftover “The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot” recipe. It gives you the darkest, richest stock full of so much flavor that I could just eat/drink it plain.
So since you need chicken for this recipe anyway, I highly recommend that you make the whole chicken in the crock pot recipe and eat about half the chicken with one meal the first night. Then make the stock with the leftover bones overnight, and you will be all set to make the soup the next day/evening with your freshly made stock and leftover chicken meat. If you can’t eat all the soup at once then just freeze the leftovers. Trust me – you do not need to be an expert chef to make this plan work, and I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed with the outcome! And hopefully it will convince you to never buy chicken noodle soup out of a can again. :)
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Used 1 – 16oz frozen broccoli Normandy left overs from dinner, 12 C broth, 5 C whole wheat noodles 3 C left over chicken. All 12 of the kids ate lunch today ! Yay !
This is my favorite chicken, chicken stock and chicken soup recipe. I’ve made it at least 15 times over the past 4 years and my kids love it. I add 2 cloves of garlic and a pinch of cumin to the stock. Awesome. Thank for sharing!
Homemade stock is definitely the key. I had given up a few years ago on making my own chicken noodle soup, but will not ever buy a can again after this recipe! I do saute the carrots and celery beforehand as we like a softer texture. I have added water at the end, too, if more liquid is needed. Thanks for another great recipe!