Yesterday was a work from home day like all the rest, except the kids were out of school for a holiday. I, of course, forgot about this holiday and wasn’t prepared to serve them lunch. It was a little cold and windy, so a quick soup sounded good. This recipe is versatile — you can sub in whatever veggies or noodles you happen to have on hand. You could even sub the chicken breast for leftover pork tenderloin, or omit the meat all together. I had only frozen chicken on hand, so I did a quick defrost method. This takes about ten minutes to prep, and can simmer for as little as 20 minutes or as much as an hour. This version serves two tiny people and two adults (or it could make two larger portions).
One large chicken breast (mine was frozen, I popped it into a bowl of hot water for a few minutes)
One box (four cups) organic chicken bone broth, plus one cup water
Three to four large carrots, peeled and chopped
Three celery stalks, chopped
One onion, finely chopped
Two tablespoons avocado oil
One tablespoon minced garlic (two to three cloves)
Salt and pepper, to taste
About 8 oz (half a normal sized package) rice noodles (you can sub any regular gluten free pasta here)
A few sprigs of thyme, leaves torn off and stalks discarded
Bring the broth and water to a boil, add the frozen/partially defrosted chicken breast and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover, and simmer about five to ten minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. While this is happening, boil a separate pot of water for the noodles.
Add all of the veggies to the pot, and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the salt, pepper and thyme. Pull the chicken breast out and cut it up into small pieces (or shred it if it is soft enough). Add the chicken back to the mix.
Boil the noodles separately until they are al dente, while allowing the soup mixture to continue simmering. Once the noodles are almost done, but not quite, drain and rinse them. Add them to the soup.
Divide into as many servings as you wish (this can make two large servings or four smaller ones).
I am a mom of two and wife to a martial arts school owner, full-time social media professional and avid cook and gardener. I love creating recipes and involving my kids in the process. The food we cook is usually dairy-free and gluten-free, and sometimes paleo, but we make exceptions (ahem, sourdough bread). The “hippie” part of this blog comes into play in the ingredients we use—I’m pretty vigilant about the health of my family and you could even call me “crunchy.” The “modern” part is that I am busy! You won’t catch me making my own nut milk or churning butter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’m more than happy to take the shortcuts provided by our lovely grocery stores and online shopping —especially in the midst of this global pandemic.