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. :)