Monday, January 14, 2013

Homemade Chicken Soup for the Flu

Chicken soup has long been touted as a remedy for a cold. In Illinois, and other parts of the country. The flu has now reached almost epidemic proportions. Scott and I got flu shots, but sadly my neighbor and BFF,  Pauli, did not,  She has been sick for over a week with the nasty respiratory flu. Now there is scientific evidence to support that chicken soup can be a cold remedy, or  eating a steaming bowl of chicken soup may open up your nasal passages, and lessen the effects of an upper respiratory infection. You can read more here.  Many Moms and Grandma's know this already.

When I found out that Pauli had the flu, and was so sick, I had to make some chicken soup for her What else would a good neighbor do?. Nothing fancy, just  simple soup with, sauteed onions, carrots, and celery, along with  chicken breasts, cut in chunks, and cooked in chicken stock, pepper, a little salt and a few parsley flakes for color, just good wholesome ingredients.. Let that cook on the stove for about one hour, stir in some uncooked noodles, cook till noodles are tender, and there you have the best Home made Chicken Noodle Soup. I used No Yolks Noodles and the soup was wonderful.  I heard from Pauli's husband that the soup was the best Chicken Noodle soup that they have had in a long time. I made a big batch of the soup, and saved some for Scott and I, and it was very, very, good. I hope no one in your family has gotten that awful flu, but if they have, make this chicken soup and they will feel better. Or you can just make this soup, because who doesn't love Chicken Noodle soup!

I thought that I would share the "traffic" going through our yard over the weekend!

First there were three deer,

Then there were two..

And then there was one...

Well there were actually eight deer total. but Scott only got pictures of these. No, these photos aren't photo shopped!

Home Made Chicken Noodle Soup From Grandma Becky


·      1-2 Tbsp olive oil
·      1 lb of baby carrots, rough chopped
·      2 medium onions, rough chopped
·      3 stalks of celery cleaned, and rough chopped
·      1 lb of chicken breasts, cut in chunks
·      32 oz Chicken stock, low sodium
·      6 oz uncooked noodles, more or less
·      Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven or soup pot, until hot.  Add the veggies and sauté until soft, about 5 min.
  2. Add chunks of chicken and chicken stock to pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through,
  3. Once chicken is cooked through, stir in noodles, and cook until al dente. You don’t want soggy noodles.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. Enjoy! If you want more broth, you can add more chicken stock or water.
linked up my recipe to Brandie@The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck #50
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  1. Hi Becky, so glad you and your husband are keeping safe from the flu - this soup looks like natures answer to it - so comforting and delicious!
    Mary x

    1. Mary,
      So far so good! No flu for us. Hopefully, your family is avoiding the flu, too. If not this soup will help you feel better.

  2. Replies
    1. Kayle,
      Chicken soup is the best, especially, if you have a cold or the flu.

  3. You are such a kind friend I hope she got better soon after drinking this delectable soup :)

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      Pauli is slowly getting better. This flu takes a lot out of you, but I'm sure that the soup helped.

  4. I think simple chicken soup for somebody who has got flu is really helpful. And not just the soup itself, but also your attention and care that you show making it:)

    1. Medeja,
      When I cook for other people, it's made with love.

  5. I adore homemade chicken noodle soup...and yours looks perfect! What a kind friend you are...I hope Pauli is feeling better.

    1. Lizzy,
      Pauli has been a good friend to me, so the least I can do is make soup for her:) Pauli is slowly getting better. She has to get her strength back.

  6. This looks like an amazing chicken soup recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

  7. When I was younger, we had deer. I miss them! Now that I think about it, I don't think my kids have ever seen deer run wild. WE used to see them all the time! Here we have coyotes and rabbits... that's about it for wild animals.
    Poor Pauli!!! I do believe that there is something to the chicken soup that helps. Liv discovered Chicken Soup this year and has made it herself a couple of times. Loving this recipe!

    1. Our neighborhood is being inundated with coyotes now. They were even on my neighbor's deck, and we all have dogs. Now they are tagging them, but they won't relocate them.

      Liv is getting to be quite cook and baker;) Both of my grown boys cook, because they get home first, before their wives.

  8. You are the best neighbor, Becky! This soup sounds delicious and I hope she is cured.

    We haven't had a deer in the yard lately, but I saw a coyote on our neighbor's fron porch yesterday. And a fox in our back yard last week. Our cats stay indoors!

  9. you are the sweetest neighbor ever hun!
    and this soup looks so comforting would be perfect for anyone recovering from the horrible flu that's going around...

  10. That nasty bug is going around here, too, and I hope we don't get it. Glad you are well. I grew up with an authentic Jewish mother and when I was sick, she made me chicken soup, also known as Jewish penicillin. :) Yours looks fantastic!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this tasty soup at Weekend Potluck. We all need a really good chicken noodle soup in our files. Please be sure to link back to the party. Have a great weekend!


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