July 04, 2017

Easy, Quick Comfort Foods: Chicken & Noodles in a crock pot (a Grandma recipe!)

This an old 'Grandma' recipe.  It's completely not healthy (carby because of the pasta) and it has sodium due to the cans of cream of chicken soup and chicken broth... but it is SO good and SO easy and SO comforting that I don't care.  It was exactly what my body and mind needed and craved yesterday. 

I saw this old recipe in a random old 'newsletter' put out by a utility company years ago.  It had a picture with it and when I saw it, my mouth started to water.  I knew exactly what it would smell like and taste like.  I suddenly craved this salty, carby goodness so much I could not stop thinking about it.  I glanced at the ingredients list and chuckled to myself.  It just so happened I had ingredients in my pantry to make it - even though I rarely have Cream of Chicken soup on hand, I had randomly bought 2 cans over the past year for some reason and they were in my pantry at this very second. 

The recipe only has 5 ingredients and you can substitute a few things if you wish.  I make my own chicken broth but if you are the sort who purchases broth, you could get low sodium to cut back if you wish.  Egg noodles are perfect in this dish but we only have the easily digestible Dreamfields pasta on hand - so i used rotini and tortellini.  Lastly, I didn't want to use chicken breast, I wanted to 'up' the flavor even more by using my  homemade chicken and spinach sausage so that is why my photos show chunks of spinach/chicken instead of pieces or shreds of regular chicken breasts.   Play with the recipe if you must but don't mess with it too much.  Adding more seasonings actually ruins it - the same as too many ruin a good homemade chicken soup.  

Chicken & Noodles in the Crock Pot

4 chicken breasts or equivalent (I used my homemade chicken, spinach sausage)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
7 c chicken broth
3/4 stick butter
1 t pepper
1 lb. dry egg noodles

Put everything but the noodles into a crockpot and cook on low about 6 hours or high about 2-3.  Add the noodles and cook 1 more hour.  Serve hot.


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