Friday, August 31, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Noodles

Cheesy Chicken Noodles
Sometimes a recipe comes along that is so quick, so easy, dirties so few dishes, that you make it like...a lot.

This is one of those recipes.

Let me list everything that is awesome about this dish:
  1. It's delicious.
  2. Michael loves it.
  3. It's pretty darn healthy.
  4. I pretty much always have all these ingredients on hand.
  5. Can be made with 1 pot/pan.
  6. QUICK.
Pinch of Yum described this as a hybrid macaroni and cheese and chicken noodle soup. I don't know about that...I do know it tastes alarmingly like a casserole my mom made for me growing up-only this is like a bzillion times better for you, and tastes better too (don't you love it when that works out? Sorry mom!) This is one of my go-to meals for Michael and I when I just don't have the time/energy/supplies to make something else. It is always a winner. The only thing that can make it slightly more complicated is the fact that I roast chicken breasts for the shredded chicken, but you can really just buy a rotisserie chicken, use leftovers, or probably even use that canned stuff. I don't know. But, even with the extra step of roasting the chicken, it is still sooooo simple! LOOOVE IT!

Cheesy Chicken Noodles


Cheesy Chicken Noodles
Makes 4 servings.
Ingredients:
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 oz. egg noodles (I use whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp. cold water
  • 12 oz. cooked, shredded chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 6 tbsp. milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: breadcrumbs and/or crumbled bacon
Preparation:
  • Saute garlic and oil in a medium/large saucepan (or pot) over medium heat until the garlic is soft.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add noodles and cook 8-10 minutes, until just barely cooked.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in the 3 tbsp. of cold water, and stir into the noodles.
  • Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  • Stir in the chicken.
  • If needed (I never do), allow to cool slightly until thickened. 
  • Put pan on low heat and add butter, milk, and cheese and mix 3-4 minutes, until combined.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and/or bacon if desired.
  • Eat! Add some more water or milk if the noodles get too thick and sticky.
Cheesy Chicken Noodles
Here, has a bite. It's nice to share.

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