This recipe right here is chicken soup for the cold. It just makes you feel so much better after eating it. It’s a very simple soup recipe that was given to me by a former colleague. I previously worked for an educational testing company. All was well there, until the account I worked on got transferred as did my team. I was relocated to Customer Service, of which I had no experience. At least in the call center sense. I suppose you could say I was happy to have still had a job, but it literally got to the point where I would tell people I would rather clean public restrooms with my bare hands. It was that bad. I worked for a woman who did not like me and was not shy about it. It was such a relief when she resigned, but it didn’t make the job any better. I have SO much respect for anyone working at a call center. That job was NOT easy. But, I did have some great colleagues (key word some….there were also a few not so great ones). One of the ways I coped with the anxiety that came along with this new role, was to cook. It was therapeutic for me to come home and make something delicious. It made me feel good. There was a woman that I worked with who was fabulous. Like in the sense that she couldn’t have cared less what people thought about her. She was blond, tan, wore fantastic outfits, 80’s-esque makeup and always smiled. I looked forward to seeing her everyday. I don’t think I ever told her that, I was too caught up in hating every second I was there. But, I envy her confidence to this day. She was so kind and shared her favorite chicken soup recipe. I tried it…..and it was instantly a favorite. Everyone who tries it loves it. Since we’ve all been sick with a cold, I felt like it was only appropriate to make this soup. It was the ultimate comfort food while feeling under the weather. It’s also great when you’re not feeling ill and just want some yummy super easy soup.
Judie’s Chicken Soup
- Add chicken broth to a heavy stock pot. Heat over medium heat. Add in the tops of the celery with leaves intact. While broth is heating, season the drumsticks with seasoned salt. When the broth begins to simmer, place in the drumsticks, cover the pot with the lid, and cook for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the celery and discard. Place the chicken on a plate to cool. Add the prepared vegetables and bay leaves to the broth, cover, and let cook for another 20 minutes.
- Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and remove the chicken from the bone. Add in the chicken, noodles, and scallions, and allow it cook for another 10 minutes, or until the noodles are done. You may need to add some additional broth to the pot.