At Mimi's Table

. . . lessons from an older and wiser girl

Easy Chicken & Noodles

grannie geek, simple chicken and noodlesLooking for a satisfying, family favorite main dish?  Why not give this simple recipe a try

This is another of my favorite quick go to recipes.  Sure to please, this makes plenty, more than enough for four.  If you add two more chicken breasts or thighs, you can stretch it to serve six. Serve this with a salad or apple sauce or fresh fruit or crusty bread, and you’re all set.

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Cooking Tip – Keep Fresh Citrus Handy

zested citrus fruits, oranges, lemons, limes

Orange, Lemon, Lime Zest

I always have fresh citrus fruits in the kitchen close at hand – you know, just a couple of lemons, limes and oranges.  The juice and/or zest of any of these can be shaken into a fresh vinaigrette or sprinkled onto seafood or meat just before serving, or mixed with some yogurt, mayonnaise and a little sweetener for a fruit or vegetable dip.  You never know when some fresh zest will come in handy as an addition for cakes, pies or frosting.  As little as 1/2 of a lemon can make a big, wake-up-flavor difference.  And a flavor enhancer to packaged food.  

My husband, Richard, has been sick the last few days with a head cold.  He’s knocked out and not terrible hungry, but I wanted to fix a quick meal that would have enough spicy heat to loosen up his vintage kitchen condiment jarscongested sinuses and something pleasing and fragrant to give him hope he would recover.  Normally, I don’t buy prepared, pre-packaged food, but Richard, in a weak moment, bought some frozen orange chicken at Costco.  OK, not a big deal – heated the chicken in the oven according to directions, made the rice.  In a small saucepan, I added the frozen, syrupy goo that was supposed to be the sauce for the meat.  I dolled it up with zest from a fresh orange, squeezed orange juice, 1/4 teaspoonful crushed red pepper flakes, and about one tablespoonful of soy sauce.  The orange and crushed peppers really came through in the sauce, and had the desired effect.  For a little while at least, my husband was able to breath a little easier and enjoy his meal.

At Mimi's Tablelessons from an older and wiser girl