‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s ‘Soul-Pleasing’ Chicken and Noodles Is a Family Friendly Recipe Passed Down From Her Grandmother

Back in the days when The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond homeschooled her four children before becoming one of the most recognizable faces on Food Network, she turned to beloved retro recipes to nourish her brood. One favorite dish was passed down from her grandmother. Chicken and noodles are not the consistency of a soup but rather, that of a stew. This comforting dish is excellent for a chilly winter day or when you want a meal that makes you feel good.

Ree Drummond at a book signing.
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In the episode titled “School Day,” Drummond explained how she worked with her children Alex, Paige, Bryce, and Todd to ensure they completed their studies.

On this particular day, she chose to make them a favorite family recipe handed down from her grandmother.

Drummond discussed the difference in her recipe from that of a basic soup.

“It’s not to be confused with chicken noodle soup. It is more like a chicken stew, so delicious,” Drummond explained. “This is a pretty dish too, lots of bright colors.”

“There are a few steps, but none of them are complicated. You have to have a little time.

She admitted that she didn’t always cook complicated meals when she homeschooled her children or fed her cowboy husband, Ladd Drummond.

“Sometimes, we have peanut butter sandwiches. Sometimes we have leftovers from the night before,” Drummond shared.

Drummond explained that for this particular dish, she found frozen noodles worked best, “the same ones my grandmother used.”

How to make Ree Drummond’s chicken and noodles

Drummond called this recipe “soul-pleasing” on her Pioneer Woman website.

The recipe has several steps but couldn’t be easier.

First, Drummond boils a whole chicken until cooked, removing the meat and keeping the delicious broth. She adds the bones back to the broth and cooks it further to continue flavoring it. While this is happening, Drummond shreds the chicken removing the skin.

Diced carrots and celery are added to the pot once the bones are entirely removed.

Spices and flavorings are added to enhance the taste of the broth.

Frozen noodles are added, followed by shredded chicken. Then, as the ingredients continue to simmer, Drummond creates a slurry of water and flour. This mixture thickens the broth and turns it from the consistency of a soup to that of a stew. She finishes it off with a splash of heavy cream.

The Pioneer Woman star shares the memories this dish invokes

Ree Drummond on a Food Network panel.
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Drummond shared on her website, “This is a comfort food from my childhood on the golf course and something I highly recommend if you’ve never come across it in your life.”

“It’s beautiful, simple homemade Chicken and Noodles—a thick, hearty dish not to be confused with a thinner, brothier chicken noodle soup. It’s so perfectly yummy and soul-pleasing,” the Food Network star continued.

“While you could certainly go the homemade turbo route and make your own egg noodles frozen noodles are a quick and easy alternative that I think is just as good. You won’t believe how delicious such a simple dish can be,” Drummond claimed.

The complete step-by-step recipe for Chicken and Noodles can be found on the Pioneer Woman website.

The Pioneer Woman airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. EST on Food Network.

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