Thursday, September 10, 2009

GREAT *quick* Dinner

Chicken A La Queen

2 c uncooked macaroni
1 5oz can chicken or 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
1/2 c chopped onion (or 1 small or 1/2 large)
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1/3 c cooking oil
1/2 c water or chicken broth
1/2 c Grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar

Saute uncooked macaroni and onion in oil over med/med high heat. When the macaroni starts to become a little yellow, add the tomato sauce, water/broth, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add chicken and simmer another 5 minutes, or until the macaroni is tender. Sprinkle cheese over the top.

Garnish with bell pepper rings, if desired.
* I have NO idea how ½ cup of water would be enough. I added a lot more water/chicken broth as needed. *

I made two Dutch ovens of this (first time trying it) and between after school teens (girls had two friends over) and dinner --- the only leftovers fit in a small container for a school lunch tomorrow!
Big, big hit.

It was great to have something filling to serve these teenagers. They sat on stools in my kitchen talking about this and that and just visiting. Maybe I need to find more quick recipes to have on hand ;)

Sandy :)

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