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Chicken Noodle Soup

Hello and welcome to Sunday Supper! We are back in Athens and it’s nice to be home, but I will say that we are already missing Tybee. To soften the re-entry to the regular day-to-day, I think some Chicken Noodle Soup is in order. I asked Alex to smoke a chicken for this recipe and I am glad I did, because while I would have been happy with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, the smoked chicken really added a ton of amazing flavor. The other incredible flavor boost in this soup is dill. A lot of dill.

pot of Chicken Noodle Soup

If you’ve never had dill in your chicken noodle soup, you’re in for a treat. The savory, bright flavor of this soup will have you wanting to make it every week!

Chicken Noodle Soup ingredients

The Prep

The ingredients are straightforward and simple. Stock, onions, celery, carrots, garlic. As I mentioned at the top, I have a smoked chicken, but use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, if that is what is available to you. Shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Instead of the traditional egg noodles, I am using Gigli Pasta. While egg noodles are perfect the first time you eat chicken noodle soup, I always feel reheating the leftovers makes the egg noodles too soft. The Gigli noodles are fluted and ruffly, so they hold up and retain their al dente chewiness after reheating.

Chicken Noodle Soup mirepoix

Mirepoix

Dice and slice the onion, celery and carrots into roughly the same size pieces. I happened to have half a red onion and half a yellow onion so I am going with that, but you can use a whole, medium-sized onion. Melt the butter in the Dutch oven and add the veggies. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the celery and carrots soften a little, about 3-4 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute.

adding the stock

Then pour in the 8 cups of stock. I am using turkey stock, but chicken is fine too. Add the chicken and Bay Leaves, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes to let all the flavors come together.

Add 2.5 cups of dry noodles, give it a good stir, then cover and let the noodles cook for about 7-10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, but still al dente.

adding lemon to the soup

Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and add the dill. Stir to incorporate the dill.

adding Dill to the soup

Add some fresh chopped flat leaf parsley and remove the Bay Leaves before serving. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.

Chicken Noodle Soup

I have had many different versions of Chicken Noodle Soup in my life, as I am sure you have as well. This version, with the Gigli noodles, the smoked chicken and the dill – especially the dill – is definitely my favorite by far. So warm and comforting, this soup hits so many right notes!

I am going to leave it here, as we have a lot of unpacking yet to do! I really hope you make this version of Chicken Noodle Soup, it comes together quickly, with pre-cooked chicken, and I think you’ll love the dill! If you missed last Sunday Supper, we were coming to you from Tybee Island with One Dish Low Country Boil. And check out my Instagram and facebook for pics from our Tybee trip. Take care everyone and be well, xo Kelly

Bite of chicken

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Dinner, Main Course American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 4-8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 25 Minutes Total Time: 35 Minutes

Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup gets a bright update with lemon and dill. Pre-cooked smoked, or rotisserie chicken makes this comforting soup quick and easy, perfect for Sunday Supper!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Medium-sized Carrots, diced
  • 3 Ribs Celery, diced
  • 1 Medium-sized Onion, diced
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 8 Cups Turkey (or chicken) Stock
  • 1 Smoked (or Rotisserie) Chicken, shredded
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2.5 cups Dry Gigli (or egg) Noodles
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped

Instructions

1

Melt the butter in the Dutch oven and add the onions, carrots and celery.

2

Season with salt and pepper.

3

Cook, stirring occasionally until the celery and carrots soften a little, about 3-4 minutes.

4

Then add the garlic and cook for another minute.

5

Add the stock and add the chicken and Bay Leaves, bring to a boil.

6

Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes to let all the flavors come together.

7

Add the dry noodles, stir, cover and let the noodles cook for about 7-10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, but still al dente.

8

Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and add the dill.

9

Add the chopped parsley.

10

Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.

11

Remove the Bay Leaves before serving.

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  • Terry
    January 24, 2021 at 10:50 am

    This changes my chicken noodle soup up.. I have never had it with dill or those egg white noodles.. we are expecting snow this week. This dish will be perfect for the cold days ahead. ❤️ Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 24, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Hey Mom! The dill is a revelation! It adds so much brightness and pep to the soup. Let me know how you like it! xo Kelly

  • Mari
    January 24, 2021 at 11:06 am

    That’s not a bowl of soup, it’s a bowl of heaven. It’s very cold where I live, and there is nothing like comfort food on a cold wintry day. I would not save this recipe for just winter. It would be great year round, although I always think there is nothing like soup when it’s cold. You asked me to tell you when I made the banana cake and the chicken Katsu. I made the cake to great acclaim. The cake plate looked like the scene in “The Good Earth”, after the locusts touched down! My husband and my son ate dessert first and then ignored the rest of the meal. I’m making the chicken tonight, and I’m almost afraid of what they might do. We are all fans of your blog, but I think they love you and your recipes! I do too.

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      Oh Mari – This is wonderful! I am so happy they loved the cake. And you’re right, that chicken soup is absolute heaven. I am already planning to make it again, later this week. Thanks so much for writing in to let me know it was a success! Have a beautiful Sunday! xo Kelly

  • Sharon
    January 24, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Hi Kelly. I am really enjoying your blog and have made several of your recipes. This soup looks like a sure winner and will definitely be coming up on our menu soon. We also are in a cold and snowy snap here in Omaha, so it will be very comforting. Also wanted to tell you we watched Volver and absolutely enjoyed it! Dolly is next up. Please keep the suggestions coming as both my husband and I love movies!

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 24, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      Hello Sharon, I am so happy you watched Volver! It’s such a great movie. I don’t get many comments about the movies from Pizza and a Movie, so I am glad to know you are enjoying that part of the blog as well as the recipes. Thank you for writing in, stay warm in Omaha! xo Kelly

  • Emily
    January 24, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Kelly
    Made the soup, delicious! Thank you for the recipe! The lemon adds so much to it, was not sure I should add it, so happy I did!

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 24, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Emily, I am so happy you went with the lemon! It really balances everything out. Thanks so much for writing in to let me know you made it and it was a hit for you! Have a lovely evening, xo Kelly

  • Mary.
    January 24, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Hi, Kelly. I made your Shrimp and Grits recipe and it was very good and easy to fix. My husband has been requesting this dish and this recipe was fun to make and very tasty. I’m looking forward to more recipes.

    • Kelly Djalali
      January 25, 2021 at 7:43 am

      I am happy you you both enjoyed it Mary! Thanks for writing in to let me know. Have a great Monday, xo Kelly

  • Sheila
    February 8, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    This version of chicken soup was a hit at dinner tonight.
    The dill and hefty dose of lemon lifted the flavor to a delightful brightness. No smoked chicken but no matter.
    Kelly your flavors are outstanding.

    • Kelly Djalali
      February 8, 2021 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Sheila, thanks so much! I am really happy this chicken noodle soup was a hit –love that! The lemon and dill make this a year round go-to for me. Thanks for checking in and letting me know you made it! Have a great evening, xo Kelly