Anna's Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.

Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is healthy but hearty and filling enough to serve as a main meal – even for a hungry teenager. Or Tom! Tom is only 12 but already taller than me (ok, most people are taller than me 🙄) I can’t believe how much he can eat! This is one of his favourite meals. Ready in 20 minutes it couldn’t be simpler. You can use shop bought stock or make your own. It may seem like a fag – bear with me – I freeze all my chicken carcasses. Every time I cook a chicken (which is at least once a week) I add the carcass to a carrier bag in the freezer. When I have 3 or 4 I boil them up with some carrots, herbs and onions and make my own stock. It’s just a case of putting them in a large pan, adding the veg and herbs, topping up with water and leaving the pan to sit on the hob. Strain the stock into bags and freeze the batches for later use. The stock is so much better than anything you can buy. But if you can’t be fagged, shop bought will be fine!

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy



4 chicken breasts sliced into 1cm strips
2l good chicken stock
2 garlic cloves crushed
5cm ginger chopped
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp Chinese five spice
5 spring onions sliced
200g udon noodles
Vegetables of your choice – I used sweetcorn and broccoli – you could use whatever you have in fridge – green beans, sugar snaps, mange tout, peas…..

Add the stock, garlic, ginger, soy, half of the spring onions and the chicken strips to a large pan. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Add the noodle and vegetables and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve into bowls.

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