Everyday Mom's Meals: I Had No Idea...

Monday, November 7, 2011

I Had No Idea...

Sometimes things can be become quite "controversial" and you had no idea! This was the case the night I posted on Facebook that I was making Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes for supper. As I told my fans, I guess I've been living in my own little comfort food bubble b/c I didn't realize some people 1. Didn't "know" you could eat the two together and 2. Thought it was funny, weird or redundant to do so. Huh??? Seriously??? In my family, and it's always been like this, if there is a pot of chicken or beef and noodles on the stove, right next to it are boiling potatoes waiting to be mashed. Now I will admit that both my father and husband do not enjoy them "over" or on the potatoes, but instead like theirs on the side w/ gravy made from the thickened juice---but still enjoy the combo. I had no clue the noodles w/ potatoes in the same meal would cause such a debate! That's okay though---as I told one fan, "to each their own". I know things we eat in this house aren't thing others enjoy and I am also aware things the neighbors are eating aren't always dishes I would think of. Food is unique and allows each one of us to express ourselves on a plate or in a bowl. However, I always try to have an open mind and remember to try new things. And thank goodness I do b/c I would have never discovered some of my favorite things otherwise.....Hello Sushi! So rather you eat them on your potatoes, off to the side, or choose to leave the taters out all together---it's okay! They are a delicious one pot meal that is perfect any day of the week!

Chicken and Noodles
2 boxes chicken broth
1 24oz. bag frozen egg noodles
1 package chicken tenders
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
3 tsp flour
2 cups water

To prepare chicken: Coat w/ olive oil and season w/ salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool and then shred w/ fingers.

In a large pot, bring broth plus water to a boil. Add noodles. Bring back up to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, or according to package directions. When noodles are almost done, carefully remove 1/2 c. broth w/ a ladle. Mix hot broth w/ flour and whisk until thick. Pour back in and add chicken. Simmer until done, about 10-15 more minutes. If it doesn't thicken as much as you like, repeat flour w/ broth mixture until desired thickness. Season w/ salt and pepper to taste.

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Colleen said...

Bring on the taters! That's the way we eat this dish in my family too!

I'm going to try your recipe for this. I've always boiled the chicken because that is the way my mom did it but after reading this, I'm imagining how much better the flavor of the roasted chicken will be. Thanks!

Krista said...

For any recipe that calls for cooked chicken, I always roast it. It adds such a depth of flavor, and for me it's easier to set it in the oven and "forget" about it.

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook said...

I grew up eating chicken and noodles or beef and noodles over mashed potatoes too. Ultimate comfort food.

~Chris said...

That's funny. I wonder if it's a "regional" thing. It definitely caught my attention when I scrolled by this post that it was odd to have two starches together. Don't get me wrong, I love mashed potatoes AND pasta, and if they were in front of me, I would definitely reach for both. It just wouldn't occur to me to make them together. It's kinda like ordering a sandwich at Panera and getting a chunk of baguette as a side. Just seems wrong somehow (but I don't pass that up either)! ;)

Hey, it's posts like this that spark conversation and set you up to meet new folks. And you're right, to each his own, or as my grandfather would have said ... It all goes in the same spot.

Krista said...

@ Chris, you're right! I never thought of it that way, but I also scoff at getting a sandwich at Panera w/ the bread on the side. I always think "why" but for this I don't think twice. That cracks me up!!! I just never thought about it! Lol

carolinaheartstrings said...

That is one of my favorite things ever. People look at me like I have three heads when I say it. They just don't know what they are missing!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Danielle said...

I've never heard of doing that but it sure does sound delicious! I'm also new to the frozen noodles but I remember Pioneer Woman mentioning them one time as well. I'm going to have to give them a try because this looks delicious!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Looks Delicious we are generally a 1 starch family if only to make sure we all eat our healthy veggies.

Thanks for linking up the Newlyweds recipe linky hope to see you next week!

KristaM said...

Hey! I just found your blog on Food Corner and am a new follower. This recipe looks so yummy and I can't wait to try it.

Please check out my blog and follow as well, http://www.the-not-so-desperate-chef-wife.com/


Miz Helen said...

Yum, one of my favorites! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon.
Miz Helen

Amy said...

I grew up with a diabetic dad, so we didn't have more than one "starch" at the table because it would spike his blood sugar too much. This sounds good, though!

Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

Amy said...

this sounds so delicious!!want to try it for a dinner,and seems easy to cook too...
thanks for linking with my event,hope your future participation too...
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Anonymous said...

I eat them with mashed taters too. Love them that way!

Aunt Carla said...

I make it with canned chicken as a time saver after a busy day at work. I agree with one of your followers, it must be a regional dish. I'm not from Indiana and had never heard of it until I moved here but love it now.