Amish Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Amish chicken corn noodle soup is a very popular wintertime meal in many Amish homes. It's similar to traditional chicken noodle soup but includes added corn.
This easy Pennsylvania Dutch chicken corn soup is the perfect meal for a cold winter night or a rainy fall day. And it's the perfect comfort food, especially for when you're not feeling well.
Chicken Corn Noodle Soup is Comfort Food
I don't know if y'all think of certain foods as being connected with having a bad cold or when you are feeling sick. But when I'm sick, I want to eat comfort food.
And I always tend to think of chicken corn soup with egg noodles. There's something about warm broth with some added nutrition that helps to make you feel better.
Another thing I think of when I'm sick is saltine crackers spread with butter. I don't know if this was just a thing in our home, or if it is a common food when you're sick. But as an Amish kid, whenever we were sick my mom gave us saltines with butter, and warm jello to drink.
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Amish Fundraisers and Chicken Sweet Corn Noodle Soup
The Amish always try to help each other out whenever there is a need. When disaster strikes, the church and community pull together.
Many of the Amish do not have home insurance, and the church is their only health insurance. In our church, half of everyone's hospital bills were paid by the church. And then they had fundraisers to help with the other half.
We often took orders from neighbors and friends. And we sold hundreds of ham and cheese sandwiches or subs. If someone had an auction, everyone brought baked goods and soup to sell as a fundraiser.
I can still picture the many families bringing ice cream buckets filled with Amish chicken corn noodle soup to sell. It was a popular item for Amish fundraisers.
And fundraisers were a big deal. The whole church and community pitched in by doing whatever they could to help out.
Amish Noodles and Roadside Stands
Amish men are typically the breadwinners in the home. They work hard to provide a living for their family.
And the women are supposed to stay at home and take care of the garden, the home, and the children. But you will find that many Amish women also get involved in trying to earn a few extra dollars here and there.
When I was growing up, my mom was always selling something to the neighbors and anyone else who would stop by. We had lots of chickens so we sold all the extra eggs. And during the summer we sold our extra garden produce.
Sometimes we planted lots of potatoes and corn to sell to local markets. And for a little while, we even made homemade noodles to sell.
My mom was always taking on little projects to try to help feed the family. For a while, we did hand-quilting for a quilt shop. And even though she was always busy, she kept looking for ways to help my dad with the family income.
And I think this is pretty typical of a lot of Amish families. In the summertime, as you are driving through the Amish countryside, you will notice lots of little roadside stands where the women and kids are trying to sell their extra produce. And sometimes you might be lucky enough to find homemade noodles there as well.
Homemade noodles are not very hard to make, so if you're feeling ambitious you could make your own. But I usually buy mine because it takes less time.
You can use any noodles you want to make this chicken corn noodle soup. But Amish egg noodles are the best. And you can find them at most Walmarts or on Amazon.
Chicken Corn Soup Recipe
Amish chicken corn soup is very easy and quick to make. It's a great one-dish meal. And this Amish soup recipe is loved by all! It is a very kid-friendly recipe.
If you don't have any cooked chicken on hand, you will want to begin by cooking chicken. I often just throw a few chicken breasts into a pot of water, as they don't take very long to cook.
In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots in butter for a few minutes. Add the chicken broth, water, and seasonings. Bring it to a boil, and add the noodles. Cook until al-dente, then add the corn and chicken. Bring it back to a boil, and now it's ready to serve.
Some people like to eat Amish chicken noodle soup with saltines. Some of my siblings used to crush the crackers and put them in their bowl of soup. But I never liked crackers in my soup, so I usually ate them alongside.
Chicken Noodle soup can be eaten as a complete one-dish meal, or you can serve it with a side salad and fresh homemade biscuits. (Find my biscuit recipe here.)
Can I freeze this Amish Chicken Corn Soup?
Yes, you can freeze chicken noodle soup. This makes enough to serve at least ten people. So, if you are cooking for only a few people, go ahead and freeze some of it for a later meal. Store it in an airtight container. But make sure that you cool it completely before putting a tight lid on.
This should keep well in the freezer for several months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat.
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Amish Chicken Corn Noodle Soup Recipe
- 8 c. chicken broth
- 4 c. water
- 12 - 16 oz. noodles
- 2 c. cooked chopped chicken
- 2 c. sweet corn, (whole kernel or creamed)
- 1 1/2 Tbs. butter
- 1 c. chopped celery
- 1/2 - 1 c. chopped carrots
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbs. minced dried onion, or 1/4 c. chopped onion
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. seasoned salt
- 1 tsp. parsley flakes
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 3/4 tsp. black pepper
- If you don't have any cooked chicken on hand, you will need to cook some chicken.
- In a large pot, melt the butter. Add the celery, carrots, garlic, and onion. Saute for several minutes over medium heat.1 c. chopped celery, 1/2 - 1 c. chopped carrots, 1 garlic clove, minced, 1 Tbs. minced dried onion, or 1/4 c. chopped onion, 1 1/2 Tbs. butter
- Add the chicken broth, water, and seasonings. Bring to a boil.8 c. chicken broth, 4 c. water, 1 tsp. salt, 3/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. parsley flakes, 1 tsp. dried thyme, 1 tsp. seasoned salt
- Add the noodles and stir. Let it cook, uncovered, at a low boil for about 15 minutes. (This time can vary depending on the type of noodles you use. Check your noodle package for cooking time.)12 - 16 oz. noodles
- Add the corn and cooked chicken and bring back to a boil. Serve.2 c. sweet corn, (whole kernel or creamed), 2 c. cooked chopped chicken