Cold-Fighting Chicken-Noodle Soup
When our family is fighting off colds, we make this soup—it helps those who have colds feel better—and I’m not saying this is a cure for the common cold—but somehow, the remainder of the family stays healthy. The chicken soup remedy is a common one, but we add garlic, which also has cold-fighting properties, and chili, which definitely clears out the sinuses.
Garlic Chicken- Noodle Soup
2 quarts of Chicken Stock (see below) or chicken broth
1½ cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced (or more if desired)
2½ cups wide egg noodles
2 cups shredded (leftover) cooked chicken
Soy sauce to taste
Sliced green onions (opt.)
1-2 teaspoons Chili-Garlic Sauce (or to taste, spiciness varies by brand)
Bring the chicken stock to a steady simmer in a large soup pot. Add the diced carrots, celery and garlic and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the noodles and chicken and cook until noodles are almost tender. (Times vary by brand—one package cooks in 7 minutes, but the type I like takes over 20 minutes—in that case add it earlier so the vegetables aren’t overcooked.) Before serving, add a little soy sauce to taste and stir in some chili-garlic sauce. Sprinkle with chopped green onions if desired. Place a container of chili-garlic sauce on the table so diners may add more according to their taste. Soup should be pleasantly spicy.
Chicken Stock with Garlic
I usually make some chicken stock with the carcass left from a roasted chicken. I try to remove all the good meat that I can from the bones and put the meat into a container to refrigerate. Place the chicken carcass into a pot with a sliced onion, 3-4 whole garlic cloves, 6 peppercorns, one large carrot, peeled and cut into two-inch chunks, 2 teaspoons salt and a bay leaf. I add cold water to barely cover (about 2 quarts) and bring it to a slow simmer and cook over very low heat over night. (Use a simmer plate if your stove won’t keep it at a low simmer and there is risk of it boiling dry—or merely cook during the day and keep your eye on it.)