Chicken & Noodles (Stove-Top or Crock Pot)
This one-pot recipe for creamy chicken with egg noodles made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt & spices) is the best for comfort food made easy!
Anytime I want quick comfort food, this is my go-to recipe. I almost always have the ingredients in the pantry and a few chicken breasts in the freezer or fridge so when I’m craving something easy and comforting, you can bet this is what I’m making!
I decided to make it for you last Friday and was pretty bummed that the store-brand egg noodles I bought cooked way faster than the ones I usually buy so everything wasn’t as picture perfect as I’d hoped (the next time I make it, I’ll buy my usual noodles so you can see it in all its glory!).
I’d just finished taking the photos about the time The Angel Baby and The Boy would be rolling in from the high school down the road. As I was cleaning up, I blinked and EIGHT hungry teenagers were standing in my kitchen.
Evidently, everyone was hanging out at our house before the big football game which was totally fine except I wasn’t expecting them. These kids, especially the boys, have grown used to Ms. Mandy always having plenty of good food around so my heart fell a bit when I didn’t have anything to offer them.
You probably think I’m crazy for that but when you’re someone like me who genuinely loves to feed people, hungry teens are the absolute best people to have around your kitchen! Plus, I love these kids and have watched a lot of them grow up since they were in kindergarten.
I grabbed a loaf a bread and cheese and started heating a skillet to make them grilled cheeses and reluctantly lifted the lid on the Chicken & Noodles to see if anyone wanted some. Since they’re kids, the dish was almost cold and already not my best batch, I didn’t expect them to want any.
WRONG! Some started with a polite, I’ll try a little, others filled their bowls full, but by the time they left a few hours later there wasn’t even a broken piece of noodle left in that pot! God bless their little hungry hearts, they made my day!
HOW LONG DO THE EGG NOODLES NEED TO COOK?
I’ve made this dish dozens and dozens of times in the past without jotting down the recipe. When I made this batch (with the purpose of documenting the recipe and taking photos for you) I used store-brand egg noodles and was shocked at how quickly they cooked and started to fall apart.
I typically use Mueller’s brand or No Yolks and have to cook the noodles about 5 minutes to parboil them then let them rest for another 20 until they’re the perfect texture. The store-brand noodles were practically disintegrating after cooking for just a few minutes (you can see that the noodles look overcooked in these photos… GGGRRRRRRRRR!!!).
I suppose it’s a good thing this happened to me, otherwise I would have written the recipe based on the better noodles and you may have ended up with a pot of mush and been cussing me if you used the store-brand noodles.
My advice is to use Mueller’s or No Yolks wide or extra-wide egg noodles because evidently, all egg noodles are not created equal!
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