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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free noodles.

 

"Next to hot chicken soup, a tattoo of an anchor on your chest, and penicillin, I consider a honeymoon one of the most overrated events in the world."
-Erma Bombeck, Housewife

The refrigerator light goes on...

(Almost) everybody loves Chicken Noodle Soup. There's just not a much better meal and if you are getting yours from a can, this is the easy compromise. It does take a little longer than opening a can, but the reward is so great! This recipe is all of about 10 minutes active cooking time and it's oh, so worth it with true chicken flavor.

Cooking the noodles separately is key. It allows you to keep the soup from becoming cloudy with the starch from the noodles and to precisely cook them 'til they are just done. Add them to the soup with the fresh parsley at the last minute for that fresh, fresh flavor.

Does Chicken Stock Make You Well?

There is certainly a long tradition of chicken soup being good for what ails you. Even so, there hasn't been much research for or against, but recently there may be some evidence to support this.

Right down at the molecular level chicken soup appears to help. In a study of the effect of chicken soup on white blood cells, Barbara Rennard and her colleagues showed a slowing of movement of white blood cells in test tubes. Because the white blood cells contribute to inflammation, the feeling is that the soup may help to reduce the symptoms associated with colds and flu. The more soup applied to the white blood cells, the greater the response.

In a study in Asia using Brand's Essence of Chicken and a prepared chicken meat extract, researchers were able to show that these extracts reduced hypertension and heart enlargement in experimental rats. Tests with a prepared pork extract did not show any improvement.

For me, I don't care much if there's evidence of this I feel better when I have chicken soup.


 

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup - Coumadin Safe Version



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 2 cups

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

2 tsp olive oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1 inch cubes)
1 medium onion (diced)
3 ribs celery (sliced)
3 medium carrots (peeled and sliced)
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
4 quarts water
6 ounces egg or gluten-free noodles

Place 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat.

When the oil is hot add the cubed chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Remove to a plate.

Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and then the diced onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 5 minutes. Add the celery and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add the chicken, carrots, chicken stock, salt, pepper, tarragon and 4 cups of water.

Reduce the heat an let simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Place the remaining 3 quarts water in a large stock pot over high heat. When boiling add the noodles. Boil for about 10 minutes until just tender.

Drain the noodles and place in the bottom of serving bowls, then top with the soup. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 cups

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 367 Calories from Fat 73
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 13%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 337mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
    Sugars 6g  
Protein 31g  
Vitamin A 157% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 6% Iron 17%
Vitamin K 34 mcg Potassium 738 mg
Magnesium 63 mg