Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More...chicken! (and you thought I was gonna say cookies)

Last Thursday I still had a whole leftover cooked chicken breast from dinner on Sunday.  What to do?  Well it was all rainy and icky outside so I made CNS.  And no, I'm not talking about the central nervous system from biology.  I'm referring to my absolute favorite lunch: Chicken noodle soup. 

Anyway, it's really easy and I made 3-4 servings in under 30 minutes (now I sound like Rachel Ray...).  Basically I chopped on shallot, carrot, and a couple of mushrooms.  Then I sauteed them in 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  I also added a bit of thyme and a couple bay leaves.  After the veggies were softened, I added about 3/4 of a carton of chicken broth and seasoned it.  Then I brought that to a boil and added a couple handfuls of elbow macaroni pasta and cooked that for 7 minutes.  I chopped the boneless skinless chicken and threw that in after the pasta was finish cooking.  And there you go--instant lunch!

Usually I use celery in place of mushroom, but there wasn't any to be found so this changed things up a bit.  Most any or all herbs could be used (i.e., oregano or basil) but I liked the thyme.  Same for the pasta--the macaroni was just what was on hand.  And finally, I didn't use all of the chicken as it really doesn't take much.  I ended up making chicken salad with the last little bit.  :)

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