Before you turn up your nose because you can’t imagine cooking anything with chicken out of a can, let me assure you that you can make this recipe with fresh chicken. But my own homemade canned chicken is a little different than the store bought version. It’s a lot less mushy and it actually falls apart more like slow cooked chicken. It is certainly more healthy because I make it and my chicken stock from our free range birds that have been raised right here on our homestead. Regardless of your feelings on canned chicken, it is a good thing to have on hand if the grid ever really does go down.
I love making soup, especially this time of year. And what better way to introduce you to cooking with chicken out of a can? It will certainly be better than canned chicken noodle soup, which of course has canned chicken! My whole family loves this soup and it is very simple to put together. Chop a few vegetables, throw your ingredients in the pot and let it cook. I often make this in the afternoon and keep it warm on my wood stove until dinner time.
“An American Homestead” Chicken Noodle Soup
1 Tbs. olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced (or more if you love garlic like me!)
1 handful of baby carrots, chopped (or 2 regular carrots)
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
8 cups of chicken stock
1 pint canned chicken or 12.5 oz. can (don’t drain!)
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz. pasta (any kind is fine, but egg noodles are traditional)
Drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of a large pot. I never measure! Heat the oil and add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, Italian seasoning and bay leaves. Saute the vegetables on medium heat for a few minutes until lightly cooked and the onions start to look translucent. Add the chicken stock and canned chicken with its broth. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Allow your soup to simmer until the vegetables are completely tender, about 20 minutes. The flavors will begin to blend and the spices and bay will cook into the broth. I love the flavor of bay in my soups! Add the pasta and cook until tender.