1Add all ingredients, except noodles, chicken and garnish, to a large stockpot or dutch oven and bring to boil. (For slow cooker see NOTE.)
2Lower heat to low-boil or simmer and cook until carrots are tender.
3Remove and discard bay leaves.
4Add extra broth or water, if needed, return to full boil and add noodles.
5After it, again, comes to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6Add chicken and simmer 2 minutes or so; taste and add extra seasoning, if needed.
7Serve garnished with fresh parsley or chives, if desired. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
8NOTE: To make in a slow cooker, add all ingredients except noodles, cooked chicken and garnish. Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Cook noodles according to package instructions, drain noodles and then add to slow cooker. Add chicken, cover cooker and allow chicken to heat thoroughly (about 10-15 minutes) before serving. Good add-ins include mushrooms, squash, peas, white beans, kale etc...