Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Easy as Ramen" Chicken with Homemade Noodles

I'm a ponderer. Oftentimes, the most random of things will cross my mind and I ponder. The other day I was wondering about just where/how the saying "easy as pie" originated. I mean, making pie is not really that easy. There's the mixing, the kneading, the kneading, the kneading, then get the picture, and with all that said and done, sometimes it just doesn't turn out. It gets easier the more you do it, but never as easy as, say, opening a bag of ramen and dropping it in hot water. I guess "Easy as ramen" didn't have the same ring to it?

Perhaps what "they" meant was easy as opening a pie crust, pouring in premade pudding, and topping it all off with whipped cream...excuse me, whipped topping; whipped cream is a whole different beast, not too difficult but not as easy as whipped topping! Yeah, that might be it, that is pretty easy and even passible at times...

But, what I think they really meant to say is "easy as eating a whole pie when you're high." Because that's really easy; it was just there, and was gone. Not that I would know firsthand, of course...well, maybe in college... that's a rite of passage, right? Welp, either way, there is a scene dedicated to the subject in Never Been Kissed where Drew Barrymore lays the whole thing out quite comedically. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out sometime. Or, maybe, give it a try firsthand. If you do, make sure you have a pie ready to go stocked in the fridge. Instead of ramen, this dish will prove to be handy, too:

First refer to my earlier post to prep your HOMEMADE egg noodles here:

Prep in advance and freeze or refrigerate for use later. Or, even make them as the chicken browns.

"Easy as Ramen" Chicken with Homemade Noodles

A sprinkle of olive oil
2 chicken breasts on the bone, skins removed
9 cups water
1 cup chopped onion
4 cups fresh spinach
1 1/4 cup Homemade Noodles (use the entire batch that the noodle recipe calls for, ends up right around 1 & 1/4 cup)
1 tsp turmeric 
1/2 tsp paprika
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste

Salt and pepper your chicken breast and sprinkle a tiny bit of oil into a pot. Turn up heat to medium and brown chicken breast on all sides, turning every so often to brown. 

Remove chicken from pot and set aside.

Leave the heat on, and add water to the pot, to "deglaze" if you will, the brown bits from the pan. Let water come up to simmering.

At this point, a bit of foam, maybe an oil slick, will form on the top of your liquid, use a spoon to scoop up as much as possible. It's called "skimming the scum" if only it was so easy to translate to life, huh? Anyways, the more "scum" you can remove the lighter (less fat content) and clearer your broth will be. All good things!

While the water simmers, pull bones from the chicken meat and add the bones to the pot to further flavor your stock. Add the bay leaves. Let this simmer for 30 minutes. Again, another float may form on top after adding the bones, again just skim it off.

Bones added and simmered, another round of skimming to be done

Once skimming is done, discard the remnants that you have skimmed out.

Look at the beautiful color of the broth acheived by browning your chicken first

Chop your onion and cut the chicken up in to large pieces, a little larger than game dice is good. Remove bones from stock. You are left with this beautiful broth, above.

Onions added to broth

Add the chicken meat, onion and turmeric.

I recently read that turmeric is thought to be a strong anti-cancer agent, so sneak it in your food when you can- casseroles and noodles dishes are great places, and it livens the color right up! Cover and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.


Tumeric intesifies the color while adding healthy benefits to the dish! Bay leaves add FLAVOR!


Add spinach and the Easy Egg Noodles you made, and cover.


Let everything cook another 10 minutes and it is ready to serve up! See finished dish below; you'll HAVE to make it.
Enjoy this healthy and hearty dish!

All fresh, all homemade, all ORGANIC!! All for under 160 calories, so you can feel good about THAT pasta!!

Until next time...Happy Cooking...and pie eating!


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