I was trying to decide what to write about today. I have 2 days until I go to the Express The Moment Conference in Idaho Falls. It's raining and drizzling outside and only 44 degrees. I don't have any scrapbook projects because they are all packed up for the weekend. I have vacuumed, dusted and mopped everything. I decided it was the perfect day for Homemade Chicken and Noodles.
Now when I was growing up, Chicken and Noodles was a big production and we only got it about twice a year. We had to stew the chicken, then cool it and pick the meat off the bones. While the chicken was cooking, we mixed, rolled and cut and hung noodles. Then you used the broth to cook homemade noodles and at the last minute added the chicken. While you were cooking the noodles you whipped up homemade mashed potatoes (we also only got homemade mashed potatoes a couple of times of the year).
Well a few years ago I discovered the Food Channel and along with it, Rachel Ray. She is my kind of cook, because if it can't be done in 1/2 and hour, she doesn't do it! One day she made homemade chicken and noodles, over mashed potatoes, in 30 minutes! I couldn't believe it! So I tried it! And it worked! Now we have them about once a month. I don't even mind making the homemade mashed potatoes.
So I would like to share my recipe with you. Now bear in mind I do not write recipes well, and this is adaptable, so play with it. Try adding other ingredients, like carrots, or parsnips. It can be fun and delicious!
Homemade Chicken and Noodles
1 med onion, chopped
1 C celery, chopped
1 large can (abt a qt) and 2 small cans (abt a pt) of chicken broth
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 1 lb pkg of Country Pasta Noodles (taste like homemade!)
Saute the onion and celery, over medium heat, in olive oil, until clear. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add chicken bits and return to boil and cook for 6 minutes. Add package of noodles and 1 C of water to the chicken mixture. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until noodles are done. You may have to add another cup of water. Salt and pepper to taste.
While cooking noodles, make mashed potatoes. Be sure you make them pretty stiff.
To serve, put a large scoop of mashed potatoes in the bottom of your bowl and ladle chicken and noodles over it.
There it is! So easy and they will think you slaved over it all day!
Well go out and make it a great day and let's hope the rain stops!