Chicken Noodle and Cheese Dinner

P1050828Want an easy dinner that everyone will love? Try this: Chicken and noodles, covered in a creamy sauce, and then topped with cheese.

That sounds pretty simple, right?

Well, it is!

It’s true- there is nothing fancy about this dinner, and there is nothing difficult about this dinner. But, there is a lot delicious about this dinner- and my kids and husband love it when I make it! And that is what makes it a keeper.

PRINTABLE RECIPE

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • half of an onion
  • 3 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (add more as needed)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2-3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 4 cups cooked whole wheat pasta (I use Healthy Harvest Extra Wide Noodles for this recipe))

1. If your chicken is not already cooked, add the chicken to a baking dish. (i usually use whatever chicken was on sale…split chicken breasts, chicken legs, boneless/skinless, etc. Whatever you prefer)

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add a little water to dish, and cover tightly with foil or a lid. Bake for at 400 until done  (split chicken breasts: between 1 and 1.5 hours; chicken legs: 1 hour; boneless/skinless chicken breasts- 45 minutes) Always check for doneness, by looking for juices in the chicken to run clear- no pink!

When chicken is done- pull the meat from the bones and chop it until small chunks. Set aside.

2. Cook your pasta according to package instructions. Set aside about 4 cups of cooked pasta

3. Dice half on an onion, very fine- I prefer to use my food processor for this task.

4. In a large saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter.

5. Add the onion and allow it to cook for several minutes.

6. Pour in 1/3 cup flour and stir it completely into the butter

7. Pour in the 3 cups of chicken stock, salt and pepper. With a whisk, stir and stir until the flour breaks up and the liquid thickens and becomes smooth. Taste for seasoning- add more salt , if needed.

8. When your sauce is thickened to your liking, just add in your pasta- stir to coat all of it.

9. Add in the chicken- stir it around.

10. Top with 2 cups (8 oz.) of freshly grated cheddar cheese.

11. Place in a preheated oven (375 degrees) for about 15 minutes to get everything melted, hot and bubbly

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