This is one of those recipes that falls squarely in the comfort food category. There is something warm and cozy about shredded chicken with noodles and carrots in a delicious sauce that makes you feel like pretty much everything is right with the world. It also features turmeric, a spice that doesn’t get anywhere near its fair share of love and respect, at least in MY spice cabinet.
Speaking of spice cabinets (and yes, mine IS in alphabetical order, and I am not ashamed to admit it), the absolute best place in the whole wide world to buy spices is this little outfit called Penzey’s. Here’s a link:
I am lucky enough to have a Penzey’s in my area (that area being Grand Central Station in NYC) and take a look at this:
…and don’t even get me started on what it smells like in that place. Spice Heaven.
Anyway, turmeric…it’s one of the things that makes this recipe from the Pioneer Woman so fabulous. That and the shredded chicken part. There is something about shredded chicken that just does me in, and makes me think about warm blankets and children’s books and raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
One word about the noodles – the original recipe calls for using pre-cooked frozen noodles and believe me, I would have used them if I had been able to find them. But I wasn’t able to, so I just tossed some garden variety egg noodles in there and they worked just fine. Probably due to the previously mentioned shredded chicken and turmeric. One way or the other, the next time you need a good dose of Extreme Comfort Food, this is your recipe.
Shredded Chicken with Noodles, from The Pioneer Woman