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Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup and Teeny Tiny Cheese Toasties

Aside from being a natural remedy, this chicken noodle soup paired with delicious and cheesy mini toasties is a scrumptious brunch option.

Photographer, Chris Chen

Chicken noodle soup cheese toastie

 

This chicken broth is really about capturing that roast chicken flavour.

Served with noodles and a side of hot cheese toastie pockets it's a completely satisfying carb-on-carb experience.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices soft white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed
  • 200 gm Raclette, cheddar or Swiss cheese, grated|
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten for eggwash
  • 80 gm clarified butter 

 

Chicken noodle soup

  • 1.5 kg chicken carcasses or wings
  • 2 boneless chicken thighs
  • 50 gm dried thin egg noodles, broken into pieces
  • Coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve

 

Method

 

Soup

Preheat oven to 180°C. Roast chicken bones in a flameproof roasting pan until deep golden (1-½ hours).

Transfer to a large saucepan. Place roasting pan on the stovetop over high heat and deglaze with 250ml water, scraping base of pan, then add liquid to saucepan with enough cold water to cover bones (2.5-3 litres).

Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, skimming scum from the surface, then reduce heat to low and simmer until broth is well-flavoured (2-2½ hours).

Strain, discarding bones, and return broth to pan. Simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 1.25 litres (1 hour), adding chicken thighs for the last 30 minutes of cooking. Season to taste. Transfer chicken thighs to a plate and stand until cool enough to handle, then coarsely shred.

Cook noodles in a saucepan of salted boiling water until just tender (5-8 minutes). Drain, refresh under cold running water and drain again. When ready to serve, heat broth, add the noodles, chicken and parsley and season to taste.

 

Toasties

Preheat oven to 100°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut each slice of bread into four triangles and place half on a sheet of baking paper. Top with a heaped teaspoon of cheese, placing it in the centre of each triangle.

Brush edges with eggwash and sandwich with remaining bread, pinching edges to seal. Heat half the clarified butter in a frying pan over medium heat, add half the toasties and fry, turning once, until golden (2-3 minutes each side).

Place on prepared tray and keep warm in oven while you cook remaining toasties. Serve with soup.

 

This recipe will serve six, with a preparation time of 25 minutes and five hours and 10 minutes cooking time. 
 

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