Simple Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 (3 to 4-pound) whole chicken
- 1 quart chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 quarts water
- 2 medium onions, quartered
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5 or 6 parsley stems
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 ounces whole button mushrooms, quartered
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1/2 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup small-diced celery
- 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 pound dried vermicelli noodles
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Place the chicken in a large stockpot or Dutch oven and cover with the chicken stock and 2 quarts water. Add the onion quarters, roughly chopped carrots and celery, thyme, parsley stems, and the bay leaf. Bring mixture to a boil, partially cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour. The chicken should easily pull away from the bones.
Using tongs, remove the chicken from the broth and set aside until cool enough to handle. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine-meshed sieve, lined with cheesecloth, discarding the vegetables and reserving the stock. Pull the chicken meat off the bones, discarding the bones, skin, and any fat. Shred and reserve meat.
Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the diced onions, carrots, and celery and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved cooked chicken. Add reserved chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat.
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