serves 4-6

3 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)

2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), halved crosswise

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cups plus 6 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 large yellow onion, diced

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

2 medium celery stalks, diced

2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

8 cups chicken broth

2 bay leaves

1/4 chopped fresh parsley

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.  In a large dutch oven over medium heat, toast the 6 tablespoons of flour, stirring constantly, until just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Transfer flour to a medium bowl and wipe out pot.  Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in now empty Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.  Pour the fat in the pan into another small bowl; set aside.  There should be about 2 tablespoons of fat.  If there is less fat than that left, add enough vegetable oil to equal 2 tablespoons.  When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin.  

Return the empty pot to the stove and heat over medium-high heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add 7 1/2 cups of broth, chicken, and bay leaves and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.  Remove from the heat and transfer chicken to a clean plate.  When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size pieces, discarding bones.

Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth, 2 tablespoons of the reserved chicken fat, and remaining tablespoon of oil in a liquid measuring cup.  In the bowl of a food processor, process the remaining 2 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.  With the machine running, slowly pour in the broth mixture and process until it resembles a coarse meal.  Turn dough onto a very lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth.  Divide dough in half.

Following photos, roll each dough half into a 10-inch square.  Cut each square into twenty 5-inch by 1-inch rectangles.  Place several noodles on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with another sheet of parchment, and repeat stacking with remaining noodles, ending with a sheet of parchment.  Freeze until firm, at least 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes.


Return broth to a simmer and add the noodles.  Cook until the noodles are nearly tender, about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to separate.  Remove 1 cup of broth and whisk into the reserved toasted flour.  Stir broth-flour mixture into pot being careful not to break up noodles.  Simmer until lightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.  Add shredded chicken and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and stir in parsley.  Enjoy!

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