So, it is Friday night. It is bloody cold, and windy, and rainy and arthritis aggravatingly bad out. I hate this weather because my joints ache wherever I had the misfortune as a younger person, to hurt myself.....like when I fell coming out of the building at one of the other campuses and landed with all my 200 plus pounds straight on to my knee. Good times....
So when I got into my truck to head home this day, I thought to myself that I didn't want to order dinner, but I wanted something different that I haven't had in awhile. It is in moments like this I think like my mother. What do I have in the cabinet that I can throw together and make that won't take a ton of time and that can be done with minimal effort because I am freaking tired and don't want to do anything. And so I remembered egg noodles and soup.
Now this is where I put in a disclaimer: this isn't exactly healthy. However, it is better than a burger from some fast food joint and I might have some of the casserole left over for lunch.
As always I will remind you all, since it has been, like, FOR EV AR since we last got together, that I don't usually do measurements unless I am baking and I have to. You are encouraged to play with the ratios and spices and stuff and make it your own. That is how you get to be the master of your own kitchen instead of a slave to the stove.
Chicken Noodle Bake
Chicken Breast (I used 4 average sized chicken boobs)
Italian salad dressing
1 bag wide egg noodles or something similar
1 family size can or two standard cans of cream of chicken soup
2 cans of cream of celery soup (Why in God's name they don't make this in Family size??)
Peas and/or other green vegetables
Cheese (I used an ascedero and monterey jack blend but you can use any mild cheese)
You start by marinating your chicken boobies in Italian dressing. Do this at least the morning of if you can. Here is the trick to that; do it before you freeze. When I buy large packs of chicken breast I put them in bags to freeze for later. Before I put them into the chill chest, I throw in some marinade. In this case, italian dressing. Then when I need some chicken boob eats, they are already seasoned. Done and Done.
Now in this recipe I use pre-canned Campbell's soups. I have used cream of mushroom, which I don't recommend here and all cream of chicken. I find that the mix of the cream of chicken with the cream of celery is perfect for my tastes. It keeps it from tasting to chicken-y if that is even a thing. There was just something missing without the cream of celery. There is another variation on this but I will wait til the end to tell you about it.
Cut your breasts (chicken, mind you. I don't condone violence against self) into approx 1 inch pieces. If you have little mouths to feed, I suggest 1/2 inch. I needn't worry about that, myself. Ain't nothin' small in THIS house.
Turn your hot box up to 400 degrees. Take out a 13x9ish pan and spray it with cooking spray.
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Then add any spices you like. This time I added a little onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper and thyme. You could add anything you like, or nothing at all. Remember, those boobies hold quite a bit of flavor all on their own because of the italian dressing. I know what it is like to have little ones that don't like anything with flavor, or people in the house with boring tastes, so go easy. You can always add more in the cooking process if it is in need of it. Halfway through the cooking in the oven I did add some black pepper because I thought it needed it.
Now comes getting the liquid into the pan with the noodless. I added the cooked chicken with the dry noodles FIRST this round because trying to mix this mess can lead to serious burns. Seriously nasty.
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Alternate Ending of sorts:
You can make a stroganoff type casserole exactly the same in procedure. Just use cut up stew beef, cream of mushroom soup, and chop up some crimini mushrooms and put it in there. That one satisfied my German side without making others gag. I'll call that a win.
It has been lovely to make your acquaintance again, thanks for continuing to feed my narcissistic tendencies. Hey, you got a recipe out of it right?
Cheers Bitches, lets do this again soon!