We enjoyed this but the 2nd night left overs were better. It was a bit soupy when it finished at first but by the next day the noodles had soaked up some of the broth and it was just better. I don't think 7 1/2 hours is necessary, could easily be done in 5. The chicken seemed over cooked a little to me and since you take the bones out, it didn't really look like the photo. I'd also add more capers and spinach next time.