- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 3/4 pound)
- 2 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pound)
- 1/ 2 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/3 cups)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 medium celery stalks, diced
- 1/ 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 3-4 stems fresh thyme
- 1 dried bay leaf
- ( 8 oz) egg noodles
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, for garnish
- lemon wedge, for serving
Heat the oil in a pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the chicken with salt then arrange, skin-side down in the pot. Cook about 6-7 minutes, until skin is golden brown. Move to a plate.
Add the onion, carrots and celery and a pinch of salt to the pot and cook until softened, about 6-7 minutes. Scraping off any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the flour and cook and stir for 1 more minute.
Add the chicken broth, stirring to scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a simmer then add the chicken, pressing it into the liquid to fully submerge it. Add the thyme and bay leaf. Reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer partially covered, until chicken is cooked (has reached an internal temperature of 165’F), about 25 minutes. Check occasionally during cooking to ensure that chicken is still submerged.
Add water, 1/2 cup at a time to keep chicken in the cooking liquid.
Remove the chicken to a cutting board and let it cool 5 minutes. (At this point you can also skim the surface of the soup to remove any scum or excess oil/fat.)
While chicken is cooling, cook the noodles. Bring cooking liquid to a boil and stir in noodles. Cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.
While noodles are cooking, carefully remove and discard chicken skin, if desired. Using a fork, remove the meat from the bones. Discard bones. Roughly chop the chicken and add it back to the pot.
Portion into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
Tip 1 - start with bone-in chicken Tip 2 - use breast and thighs and don’t skimp! Tip 3 - use a good chicken stock/broth and choose low-sodium to control salt Tip 4 - use as much vegetable as you want Tip 5 - choose a yummy noodle