chicken noodles soup...good for the soul too!

This is the VERY BEST Chicken Noodle Soup recipe I have tried. It is simple and filled with flavor. It fills the tummy and feeds the soul. I highly recommend it during these cold blustery winter days. I use the make ahead recipe to cut my prep time. I also add extra carrots and celery for more veggieness.
Bon Appetite!
Chicken Noodle Soup
Cooks Country 4/2006

The thighs are used to flavor the broth; once the broth is strained, shred the thigh meat and reserve it for a salad or pot pie. If you prefer dark meat in your soup, you can omit the chicken breasts and add the shredded thigh meat to the soup instead.

Serves 8 to 10

12 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion , chopped
3 quarts water
2 bay leaves
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion , chopped fine
1 carrot , sliced thin
1 rib celery , halved lengthwise, then sliced thin
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
6 ounces wide egg noodles
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

1. For the broth: Pat thighs dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until smoking. Cook half of thighs skin side down until deep golden brown, about 6 minutes. Turn thighs and lightly brown second side, about 2 minutes. Transfer to strainer-lined large bowl. Repeat with remaining thighs and transfer to strainer; discard fat in bowl. Pour off fat from pot, add onion, and cook over medium heat until just softened, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, remove and discard skin from thighs. Add thighs, water, bay leaves, and 1 tablespoon salt to pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add chicken breasts and continue simmering until broth is rich and flavorful, about 15 minutes.

2. Strain broth into large container, let stand at least 10 minutes, then remove fat from surface. Meanwhile, transfer chicken to cutting board to cool. Once cooled, remove thigh meat from bones, shred, and reserve for another use (can refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month). Shred breast meat and reserve for soup.

3. For the soup: Heat oil in now-empty Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook until onion has softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in thyme and broth and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Add noodles and shredded breast meat and simmer until noodles are just tender, about 5 minutes. Off heat, stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Make Ahead

The broth (and shredded breast meat) for this soup can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month before being used to make soup. To avoid soggy noodles and vegetables, finish the soup (step 3 in the recipe) just before you plan on serving it.