German Chicken Soup w Homemade Spaetzle & Knodel (Noodles & Dumplings) Recipe

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Yes I know, usually you have either noodles OR dumplings in your soup but since I love both I'm putting both in. You could certainly stick with one or the other. The broth is light and extremely flavorful and stands all on its own but is best with the noodles and dumplings!

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Servings: 8 Bowls


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  • STOCK:
  • 1/2 a fresh chicken- skin on, bones in
  • 1 qt chicken broth
  • 1 qt water
  • 1 med onion- peeled, quartered
  • ends and peels of 3 lg carrots/2 small parsnips, thick slice and reserve for body of soup
  • 2 stalks celery- halved
  • 1/4 c parsley stems
  • 1/4 c dill stems
  • 1 stalk lemon grass or peel of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage and rosemary
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 12 pepercorns whole
  • 2 whole cloves
  • SOUP
  • reserved carrot & parsnips- thick sliced
  • 3 stalks fresh celery- thick sliced
  • 2T flat leaf parsley- chopped
  • 1T fresh dill- chopped
  • KNODEL (Dumplings)
  • 1 1/2 c fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3T vegetable oil
  • 2T flat leaf parsley-chopped
  • 1T onion- finely grated
  • 4T water
  • SPAETZLE (Noodles)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/8 t freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


  1. Make Knodel Dough
  2. In small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, flour, eggs, oil, parsley, onion, and water to a thick paste. Cover and chill 20 minutes until firm.
  3. Make stock
  4. Cover chicken with the broth, water, vegetables and herbs.
  5. Bring to boil and cook med high for 30 minutes.
  6. Skim any accumulating scum.
  7. Strain stock reserving only the chicken.
  8. Pick meat and roughly chop. Set meat aside.
  9. Return broth to pot. Should be aprox 2 qts of liquid. If not, add a little water.
  10. Add carrots, parsnips, celery and cook at med high 10-15 minutes until vegetables are tender crisp. Reduce heat to low and add meat back to pot along with the parsley and dill.
  11. While vegetables are cooking, prepare spaetzle dough by mixing flour, nutmeg, and salt into 2 beaten eggs. Set aside.
  12. Bring a separate pan of water to boil and have a bowl of cold water next to stove.
  13. Using 2 teaspoons, dip them into cold water and scoop knodel dough out by spoonfuls.
  14. Drop into boiling water.
  15. Reduce water to low simmer and continue making balls from knodel dough.
  16. Cook knodels 15-20 minutes.
  17. Remove knodels from pan and set aside.
  18. Bring water back to boil.
  19. There are two ways to cut the spaetzle. You can force the dough thru the holes of a colander into the boiling water. This makes fairly thin but consistent thickness of spaetzle. Or you can use a wet knife at the edge of the bowl holding the dough to cut small, elongated bits over water for a thicker cut. Ether way works, its really just a personal preference.
  20. Boil the spaetzle 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  21. For each serving, ladel hot soup over several knodel and 1/2c of spaetzle in each serving bowl.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 348g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 224  
Calories from Fat 49 22%
Total Fat 5.52g 7%
Saturated Fat 1.25g 5%
Trans Fat 0.04g  
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 490mg 20%
Potassium 308mg 9%
Total Carbs 34.03g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g 11%
Sugars 2.8g 2%
Protein 9.26g 15%
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  • Sheba
    Very good soup. Not sure if I would add the knodels next time.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • Sheba
      April 30, 2012
      Made this soups for the grandkids, but would leave out the knoedel next time

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