If you’re like me, then you know there’s nothing quite like indulging in an authentic southern-style meal. The blend of spices, the savory ingredients, and the warm, comforting feeling it brings are all truly unmatched. That’s why today, I’m excited to share one of my all-time favorite recipes with you: Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles.
This dish is a classic staple in southern cuisine, and for good reason – it’s absolutely delicious! The combination of tender chicken, mouth-watering noodles, and rich broth creates a savory taste that is sure to satisfy any craving. Plus, it’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion – whether you’re cooking for your family on a busy weeknight or hosting a dinner party with friends.
So prepare your taste buds for a flavor explosion like no other as we dive into this recipe. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you in the mood for a satisfying, hearty meal with a Southern flair? Look no further than this Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles recipe! I guarantee you’ll love this dish and here’s why:
First of all, the combination of tender chicken breasts and thick, perfectly cooked noodles makes for a meal that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Whether it’s for a family dinner or a comforting potluck, this recipe will not disappoint.
But what really sets this dish apart is the unmistakable flavor of classic Southern-style cooking. With ingredients like sweet onions, celery ribs, and real butter, each bite is packed with an irresistible richness that will transport your taste buds to another time and place. And let’s not forget the savory chicken broth and spices that give each ingredient just the right amount of kick.
To top it all off, this recipe is extremely versatile. You can make it in a crockpot for ultimate convenience or on the stovetop for a more hands-on cooking experience. Plus, there are endless variations and substitutions you can try to make it truly your own.
All in all, this Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles recipe is the best of both worlds – a deliciously filling meal with Southern charm that will have you coming back for more every time. So invite some friends over, grab a fork, and dig in!
Below is the ingredient list for making this mouth-watering Southern-Style Chicken and Noodles Recipe. Before starting, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand to ensure a smooth cooking experience.
Chicken and Noodles
- 2 lbs Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
- 12 oz. Egg Noodles
- 4 cups Chicken Broth
- 4 cups Water
- 1 Sweet Onion, chopped
- 3 Celery Ribs, chopped
- 1/3 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 cups All-purpose Flour
- 4 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Cold Water
- 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Water
With these fresh and high-quality ingredients, you will have the finest results in terms of flavor, texture, and aroma for this Southern stylized recipe. Don’t skimp on the herbs and seasonings that add layers of delicious flavors to the dish.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we covered why this Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles recipe is worth trying, let’s dive into the cooking process. In this section, I will provide step-by-step instructions for a traditional Southern-Style Chicken and Noodles soup recipe. This dish is easy to make and brings all the comforts of home cooking.
Before starting, gather all the ingredients required:
- 1 pound of chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil
- 6 cups of chicken broth (canned or homemade)
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
- 12 oz. bag of old-fashioned egg noodles
- Fresh chopped parsley
Step One: Cooking the Chicken
Start by cooking the chicken breasts. You can either use a slow cooker or cook it in a pot stove. Regardless of the method you choose, season the chicken with salt, pepper and onion powder. Add enough chicken broth to cover the chicken (around 2 cups) and cook it over low heat for approximately 4 hours or until tender.
Then, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces and set it aside.
Step Two: Preparing the Noodles
After cooking and shredding your chicken, it’s time to get started on your noodles.
Begin by boiling a pot of water with salt added to taste. Once boiling, add the egg noodles and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes until they reach al dente – firm but not hard.
Once they’re done boiling, strain them in a colander.
Step Three: Combining All Ingredients
In a large skillet, start preparing the base of your chicken noodle soup. To do this, begin with a rue mixture (flour and oil), stirring on low heat.
Stir continuously for about 5 minutes until the roux mixture reaches a tan color. Then, add in 6 cups of chicken broth and stir until the mixture blends together.
Next, mix in the cooked chicken, celery and onions to the skillet with the base mixture. After that, add in your cooked egg noodles and combine everything until all ingredients are distributed evenly
Step Four: Finishing Touches
Finally, sprinkle your fresh parsley on top of your Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles recipe for some added flavor.
Serve it hot with some cornbread or crackers if desired.
Now that you have learned how to cook this traditional southern style dish, I challenge you to put on some music, get comfy in your kitchen and cook up this winner recipe!
Substitutions and Variations
Hey y’all, I know that sometimes you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, or you might just want to mix things up a bit. That’s why I’ve included some substitutions and variations for this southern-style chicken and noodles recipe.
Firstly, if you don’t have chicken breasts or prefer dark meat, you can substitute them with boneless skinless chicken thighs. They’ll cook up just as tender and juicy as the breasts, but will add a deeper flavor to the dish.
Now, let’s talk about the noodles. If you don’t have egg noodles or prefer a different type of noodle, feel free to use your favorite. A good option would be old-fashioned homestyle noodles, as they’re thicker and heartier than egg noodles.
If you’re vegetarian or want to switch things up, you can also make a creamy vegetable noodle soup instead. Just eliminate the chicken and swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth. You can add in any vegetables you like – carrots, bell peppers, potatoes – and even spices like cumin or paprika for some extra flavor.
Lastly, if you want to give this recipe an Asian twist, add some pho or stir fry flavors by replacing the basil and parsley with cilantro and adding in some soy sauce and red pepper flakes.
Remember that cooking is all about experimenting with flavors and finding what works best for your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to try out these substitutions and variations – who knows, you may just discover your new favorite southern-style recipe!
Serving and Pairing
As a Southern-style chef, you know there’s nothing better than serving up a hearty chicken and noodle dish to bring comfort and happiness to your guests. And this Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles recipe fits that bill perfectly!
When it comes to serving this recipe, you have a few options. You can plate each individual portion of chicken and noodles, ladle some extra broth over the top, sprinkle with chopped parsley or basil for a pop of color, and serve with a side of warm dinner rolls. Alternatively, you could opt for family-style serving by placing the pot of chicken and noodles on the table, along with individual bowls for each guest. I prefer this approach to encourage seconds and thirds!
Now, let’s talk about what pairs well with this dish. Firstly, consider adding some vegetables to your meal such as green beans, roasted carrots or garlic asparagus for added texture and nutrition. Secondly, if you’re looking for something starchy with that southern charm, try pairing this dish with mashed potatoes or fluffy cornbread.
And, of course, no Southern-style meal is complete without iced tea or lemonade! Truly the perfect refreshment for your taste buds on a hot summer day.
No matter how you choose to serve and pair this recipe – it’s guaranteed to be an absolute crowd-pleaser! The delicious blend of spices, tender chicken breasts and old-fashioned egg noodles make this dish comfort food at its best.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Now, let’s talk about the essential tips to make this chicken and southern-style noodle recipe ahead of time, how to store it, and reheat it without losing any of the flavors.
If you need to make this dish ahead of time, I highly recommend cooking the pasta and chicken separately. Store the noodles in an airtight container with a teaspoon of olive oil to keep them from sticking together. Also, store the chicken broth separately from the cooked chicken in another large container or plastic bag. You can keep both items in the fridge for up to 3 days before assembly.
When reheating the dish, remember that egg noodles can become mushy if you overheat them or leave them sitting too long on low heat. I suggest reheating only what you’ll be consuming immediately rather than the entire pot or pan. For small portions, use a microwave but mix a tablespoon of broth or butter while reheating to prevent dryness. If you reheat on stovetop, add just enough chicken broth to bring everything back together and give a stir as it warms up.
If you plan on freezing this recipe for future meals, cook as usual and let it cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. The dish can be frozen for up to two months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator then follow the same instructions as mentioned above.
Pro Tip: Make sure that everything is properly reheated throughout before consuming for food safety purposes because nobody wants to spend their day in bed feeling sick!
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you’ve got all the ingredients and the recipe for the delicious southern-style chicken noodles in your hands, it’s time to talk about some tips that will take your dish from good to great.
Firstly, make sure to season everything well. Don’t be afraid to add salt and pepper to the chicken and vegetables while cooking. You want the flavors to come through so that each bite is full of amazing taste.
Another tip is to use a slow cooker or crockpot when making this recipe. This allows for the chicken to cook slowly and become more tender as it absorbs all of the other ingredients’ flavors. It also lets you cook without having to worry about checking on the pot constantly.
For creamy chicken noodles, consider adding some heavy cream or sour cream towards the end of cooking. This will thicken up the sauce and give it a richness that pairs perfectly with noodles.
When boiling the noodles, make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook. Overcooking can lead to mushy noodles, which can ruin an otherwise perfect dish. Cook them until they are just tender enough, then drain and rinse under cold water immediately to stop them from continuing to cook.
Lastly, don’t forget about presentation! Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or basil or maybe even thinly sliced scallions for a pop of color and flavor. With these tips in mind, you’ll have yourself a flavorful and delicious southern-style chicken noodles dish every time.
So there you have it – a delicious and authentic southern-style chicken and noodles recipe that is sure to impress your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to experiment with seasonings and ingredients, as cooking is all about creativity and exploring new tastes.
But remember, the key to making this dish truly perfect lies in using the right type of noodles, the best quality chicken broth, and following the cooking instructions to a T. Trust me, I’ve spent countless hours in the kitchen perfecting this recipe, and I can assure you that it’s worth the effort.
Now, grab your apron, turn up some good ol’ southern tunes, and get cooking. Your taste buds will thank you for this one-of-a-kind treat that will transport you to the heart of the South in just one bite. Happy cooking!
Chicken & Southern-Style Noodles Recipe
- 2 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts
- 20 baby carrots
- 3 celery ribs
- 1 whole sweet onion
- 2 tablespoons real butter
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 4 eggs
- 2 pinches salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups flour
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons ice cold water
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Dice celery, carrots and onion and place in large stock pot.
- Add chicken breast, 6 cups chicken broth and 5 cups water, basil, salt and pepper to taste and 2 TBS butter.
- Bring to a boil then turn to medium to medium high heat and boil for 1 1/2 hour.
- While chicken is boiling make noodles.
- In large mixing bowl add 2 cups flour, parsley, eggs, 2 pinches of salt and 1/2 tsp ground pepper, shortening and stir.
- Once dough starts to form flour both hands and knead. Keep adding additional flour a little at a time until the dough quits sticking to your hands.
- Turn dough onto floured surface and with a floured rolling pin roll to 1/8 inch thickness.
- Using a pizza cutter cut noddles into thin 1 - 1 1/2 inch strips
- Lightly dust with flour.
- Sprinkle with onion powder.
- Cover with paper towels and let dry.
- Take chicken out of pot and let cool then de-bone and shred using two forks to shred
- Add chicken back to pot and bring back to a boil.
- Add the additional chicken broth and water and bring back up to a boil.
- Add noodles one at a time quickly to pot.
- In a small dish mix the cornstarch and cold water and make into a slurry then add to stock pot.
- Stir noodles every couple minutes to keep noodles from sticking to each other and cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Take one noodle out and taste to see if it's done which you can tell by it's firmness and less floury taste.
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