Soothing Chicken and Sage Dumpling Soup

Hello?  *tap tap*  Is this thing on?  Hi everybody!  After being out of commission for a few days I’m finally back to post something new….thanks in grand part to the recipe you are about to see.  ;)   I realize that summer isn’t exactly soup weather, but hey…I can’t be the only one that gets sick during the summer months, right?  Besides, in the Southern Hemisphere it’s winter right now.  The dumplings in this soup are reminiscent of spaetzle…and can be altered to make them as dense or as light as you prefer, simply by changing up the flour to egg ratio.  This is one of the most comforting soothing foods for chilly weather, or for sore throats, and general corporal malady.  Yes…I do claim that my soup is magic.  Just look at me….I was horribly sick, unable to take antibiotics (due to allergies), and after just a few days of eating soup…I’m feeling almost normal again! :D   See?  Magic.  :D

chicken soup

Before I start with the recipe, I want to say that this recipe is very versatile…feel free to add more vegetables or change the ones you don’t like.

Ingredients:

2 whole skinless chicken thighs (or chicken parts to taste)
2 1/2 quarts chicken stock
1 carrot, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
pepper to taste
thyme to taste
1 bay leaf
1 cup small noodles (fideo/short angel hair)
2 eggs
1 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
rubbed sage to taste
garlic powder to taste
fresh chopped parsley (lots) to finish and garnish

Preparation:

Wash chicken and place in larger stockpot with lid.
Add broth and vegetables and season with pepper, thyme and bay.
Bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to low.
Simmer for about an hour, just until chicken begins to fall from bone.
Remove chicken from soup to a plate.
Remove all bones and discard.
Shred chicken and add back to soup.
Bring to a slow boil.
Add noodles.
Meanwhile, beat eggs and add flour and seasonings, stirring with a fork until incorporated, and there are no lumps. The amount of flour will depend on your tastes…if you like lighter dumplings, add less flour, and for more dense dumplings, add more.
With the help of 2 teaspoons, drop little bits of dough into boiling soup (about the size of an almond).
When all dumplings have floated to the surface, your soup is done.
Remove from heat and add a bunch of chopped parsley.
Serve garnished with more chopped parsley.

9 Responses to “Soothing Chicken and Sage Dumpling Soup”

  1. So glad you’re feeling better. That soup looks divine and could probably cure about anything. I too have allergies to antibiotics and always turn to food as a cure first thing. I make a chicken-onion soup that works well for colds or flu and is just plain good eating but looks bland. We call it Ugly Soup! I’ll post it one of these days when I figure out how to pretty it up. I’m wondering if I can make your soup gluten free? Will have to give that a try. :)


  2. Ok, my man is going to love this…


  3. This sure was worth waiting for! It looks wonderful and surely has healing effects. Glad you are feeling better. I know even when I am sick as a dog I somehow find a way to make some homemade chicken soup and it makes me feel so much better. This will be on my list next time…not that I want to be sick or anything, but you know what I mean! ;)


  4. Thanks so much, girls! :D

    Betty Jo, I’m thinking that using a combination of rice and corn flour would work to replace the wheat flour? Let me try it…I have a bunch of different kinds of flour here, and have soup for dinner fairly frequently. And I think that food is the best cure anyway…delicious, and no side effects (except maybe a bigger middle hehe). :)

    Hi Flutter! I hope you both like it! :)

    Christine, it really is a miracle cure, isn’t it? There’s nothing like homemade chicken soup to make you feel better! :)


  5. Oh. My. Got.

    My Lady Flabina rises up and cooks.


  6. Glad to hear that you are feeling better! Chicken soup sure is magic!


  7. Thank you, Oh, The Joys and Jenn! :)


  8. [...] Chicken soup: one of those no-recipe things to use up some odds & ends. One of those odds & ends is some sage, so maybe something like this? [...]


  9. This one looks very delicious and nutritious as well . What about adding few fruits !


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