There is something patricianly soothing about warm chicken noodle soup and it always works as a great, simple kid friendly lunch idea! Be sure to pack it in a thermos so it stays hot until lunchtime.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 small carrots and celery stalks, diced
1 glove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon salt and pepper
¼ teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
8 cups chicken stock
2 chicken breasts
1 cup egg noddles
2 teaspoon egg noodles
1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat, sauté onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Scrape into a slow cooker.
2. Add 1 cup of the broth to the skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Put into a slow cooker along with chicken and remaining broth. Stir to combine.
3. Cover and cook on low until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 3 to 4 hours. Skim off any fat and foam. Remove chicken, dice and return to soup. Discard bay leaf.
4. In a saucepan of boiling water, cook noodles until tender but firm. Drain and add to soup along with parsley.
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