Hello there, friends! How was your weekend? I hope it was absolutely amazing!
We spent Saturday in the city shopping and reading (ok… I was shopping; he was reading), and ended the day there with a visit to our favorite s’mac and cheese spot. Mac and cheese and beer = an awesome dinner date! Then Sunday we hibernated at home. And by hibernated, I mean we slept in, ate chocolate pancakes, and possibly drank a little too much afternoon wine causing a random dance party in the kitchen. It was so much fun! And definitely one of those weekends that made me feel extra lucky to live with and share my life with my best friend. Cheesy! But true 😉
Ohhhh! We also made this chicken noodle soup! And you guys. It is the best. Like… ever. I swear on it! It’s officially a family favorite. Yay!
The reason this soup is so extra special is definitely due to the dill mixed in at the very end. It adds a big fat punch of freshness, and well, I promise you won’t be able to stop at just one bowl! And with Winter right around the corner, that my friends, is a very good thing.
Happy Monday! I hope today is easy on you.
A delicious and hearty chicken noodle soup packed with good for you ingredients! Sure to become a new favorite!
- For the chicken:
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast tenders
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- For the soup:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 very large onion, finely diced
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- Big pinch of salt
- (1) 32 oz containers chicken stock
- 4 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups noodles of your choice, I used gluten free elbows
- Juice of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Place chicken tenders in a large baking dish lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with spices. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, flipping the chicken at the half way point. Once cooked, pull into small chunks using two forks.
- While the chicken is roasting, prepare the soup.
- Heat olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed soup pan over a medium flame. Add carrots, celery, and onion, and cook - stirring occasionally - for 8-9 minutes. Add garlic and salt and cook for another minute before adding the bay leaf, water and chicken stock. Increase heat to high, bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, stir in noodles, and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and the pasta al dente. Stir in cooked chicken, dill, and lemon juice. Taste soup to adjust seasonings, then serve at once.
* You may cook the noodles in the broth (as instructed in the recipe), but if you plan to have a lot of leftovers, you may also choose to cook the noodles in a separate pot, them stir them into each bowl right before serving. This helps keep the noodles fresh and not soggy.