This recipe is from my grandma and I have loved it ever since I was a child. I could eat it EVERY day. The homemade noodles are simple, and you can use frozen chicken breast if you don't have time to use a whole chicken.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place chicken in a stock pot, and add enough water to cover. Pour in the chicken broth, and add celery and onions. Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 1 hour to get a good broth.

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  • When the chicken is cooked through and tender, remove it to a platter and let sit until it is cool enough to handle. Strain broth, and discard celery and onions. Return the broth to the stock pot. Remove chicken meat from the bones, chop or tear into pieces, then return it to the pot also. Bring the broth to a boil, and add carrots.

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the eggs, water and salt. Gradually add flour until the dough is firm enough to form a ball. You may need more or less flour. Pat the dough out on a flat plate. Using a butter knife, cut slices of dough off the edge of the plate so they are about 2 to 3 inches long. Allow them to fall directly into the boiling broth.

  • Once the carrots are tender, the soup is ready. Sprinkle with parsley flakes and serve.

Nutrition Facts

562 calories; 25.2 g total fat; 223 mg cholesterol; 648 mg sodium. 45.3 g carbohydrates; 36.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2008
My grandmother taught me this too! My kids love the homemade noodles. If you roll out the dough and flour each side lightly then roll it up and slice into noodle ribbons that works. I have the kids unroll them and throw on a cookie sheet to "dry" a little so it doesn't soak up all the broth. Then I can add the noodles when I am ready. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2008
I REALLY recommend going to Youtube and researching how spaetzle is done (if nothing else than to see what it's supposed to look like) before doing this recipe if you're not familiar with it. I followed the instructions as I understood them here and ended up with something that looked like boiled mini-baguettes.... After looking into it leaving the dough relatively thin and wet and working it through a colander or maybe a cheese grater might be the way to go. I kept adding flour trying to get it to form a ball per the directions which was a big mistake. The soup's flavor is good and I'm going to try to rescue what's left somehow.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2008
My grandmother taught me this too! My kids love the homemade noodles. If you roll out the dough and flour each side lightly then roll it up and slice into noodle ribbons that works. I have the kids unroll them and throw on a cookie sheet to "dry" a little so it doesn't soak up all the broth. Then I can add the noodles when I am ready. Read More
(47)
Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2008
I REALLY recommend going to Youtube and researching how spaetzle is done (if nothing else than to see what it's supposed to look like) before doing this recipe if you're not familiar with it. I followed the instructions as I understood them here and ended up with something that looked like boiled mini-baguettes.... After looking into it leaving the dough relatively thin and wet and working it through a colander or maybe a cheese grater might be the way to go. I kept adding flour trying to get it to form a ball per the directions which was a big mistake. The soup's flavor is good and I'm going to try to rescue what's left somehow.... Read More
(77)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2008
My grandmother taught me this too! My kids love the homemade noodles. If you roll out the dough and flour each side lightly then roll it up and slice into noodle ribbons that works. I have the kids unroll them and throw on a cookie sheet to "dry" a little so it doesn't soak up all the broth. Then I can add the noodles when I am ready. Read More
(47)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2006
I made this recipe with "Grandma's Noodles II" (from this site) and it was AWESOME! I didn't use a whole chicken - I used boneless skinless breasts. I cut them frozen and cooked them right in the broth with the onions and celery. The chicken came out so moist. My husband is a tried and true "meat and potatoes" guy so I was a bit doubtful that he'd enjoy this meal of chicken noodle soup with warm applesauce on the side. HE LOVED IT! Three bowls later he was to full for dessert:-) This will be one of our cold weather staples! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2007
The best chicken spaetzle ever! Soooo delicious. My father likes the dumplings very hearty so I added about the dough in 1/2 and added 1/4 to 1/3 a cup of extra flour. Very hearty but more like dumplings than spaetzle. The dumplings that followed this recipe were yummy. Be sure to roll the dumplings into somewhat small balls. Grease your ice cream scoop and the balls should be 1/2 the size. I made the mistake of using the whole ice cream scoop and they soon turned out like baseballs. This is also a somewhat time consuming soup but the soup is still worth the effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
After years (I'm serious) this is the very first recipe for spaetzle that exactly matches my mother's (and her's) way of making it! I'm psyched. This recipe is almost identical to the thickened chicken stew I make today having watched at my mom's apron strings. Our family is PA Dutch and I wonder if this unique preparation of spaetzle is regional... sometimes I will do the noodles on their own in boiling water straing them then fry until golden in butter. Yum. Thank you. GREAT recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2008
Coming from Dutch heritage My mom makes my grandmothers recipe for spaetzle and chicken soup regularly. Now that I'm on my own this soup is one of the many things I miss. This recipe isn't an exact match for my mom/grandmothers but is as close as it can get. LOVE IT! I had a hard time with the spaetzles but maybe I just need practice.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2005
make the broth while you prep the noodles...add the noodles while you finsh the broth... what a great muti-tasking recipe for the modern day women... and great tasting too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2005
This soup is great. It has a wonderful flavor. I would recommend cutting off any excess fat from the chicken before cooking. I used three cloves of fresh garlic instead of the garlic salt. I tried cutting the spaetzle as directed but found it very difficult. If you have a spaetzle press I strongly recommend using it...much easier. This one is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2008
This soup was very good. I added dill to the soup and it was awesome. Kid and hubby loved it too. Read More
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