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Chicken and noodles




Chicken and noodles


03/01/18



 Cold and flu season is kicking my family’s behind, and not toward the kitchen. With two sick kids and one sick husband, I’ve been running on fumes trying to make sure everyone is hydrated, medicated and, of course, fed. The latter is easier said than done. For more than a week my kids ate next to nothing, and what little they did eat consisted of some gummy vitamin bears and crackers. Desperate to get them to eat something with a little more substance, I turned to my one-stop source for all things comfort food: the Pioneer Woman. 

Ree Drummond, a.k.a. the Pioneer Woman, can be found online and on The Food Network. Some of my favorite recipes have come from her kitchen, and this one is no exception. I wanted something thick and hearty but with subtle flavors that would be easy for my entire family to eat while they were convalescing. This recipe for chicken and noodles seemed to be just the thing — and then I screwed it up. 
How could I possibly screw up something so simple? As it turns out, two kids with the flu can be very distracting. Granted, my mistake was nominal depending on who’s eating; I neglected to add enough flour to thicken the broth, so I ended up with something more along the lines of chicken noodle soup than thick chicken and noodles. Regardless of my mess up, this recipe still hit the spot. My husband went back for seconds and both kids finished their entire bowls — a small victory for the week.
The recipe even let me dust off some of my less frequently used pantry ingredients like turmeric and white pepper, which both added big flavor, even in small amounts. The egg noodles were just what the doctor ordered, and the thyme and parsley flakes rounded out the flavor of this delicious dish. The onions, carrots and celery again proved that simple ingredients can make the most flavorful dishes, and more than a hint of salt tied everything together. 
Neither my patience, nor my patients, liked me being in the kitchen this week, so it was nice that I could do a few things and walk away while the stove did all the heavy lifting. This recipe also made a big batch, which proved helpful over a few days with picky eaters. I can’t prove it, but I think this meal brought my family back to health. The warm aromas and hearty flavors helped bring everyone around the table for the first time in more than a week, and kept them coming back for more.
— Lauren Mifsud 





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