How did that age old question about the chicken and egg go? You know, what came first, the ranch flavored barbecue chicken or the egg noodles? I can answer that question now so we can move on to more pressing issues like, where is Sesame Street? They keep singing they’re going to tell me how to get there but never do!
I love messing around in the kitchen. So much so that when I realize that I don’t have something I don’t panick. I can find a replacement or come up with a way to make what I need with what I do have on hand. That’s what happened with this meal. The original recipe I had said to use canned cooked chicken. Blah. I luckily forgot to buy the cans so I had use something different. I had some leftover, already cooked, barbecue sauce flavored chicken breast in the fridge. I chopped them to bite-sized pieces. What I had gave me about 3 cups worth of diced chicken. The change made an amazing difference.
For the previous meal, I used a regular Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce. That was is a simply great weeknight meal in-and-of-itself, and I now do that step before I cook this ranch noodle version. One way you can alter the final outcome of the meal, simply change the BBQ sauce you cook with. Next time I’m going to use a Buffalo style BBQ sauce and add diced celery and carrots to the skillet! Until then, enjoy this amazing and easy to cook weeknight dinner. And you’ll see, the chicken was cooked before the egg noodles…
BBQ Sauce Chicken Ranch over Noodles
1/2 -1 lbs boneless chicken breast
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 8-oz package of egg noodles
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1-oz package ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup frozen peas
green onions and ranch dressing for garnish
For the chicken. Preheat oven at 425 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray with non-stick. Place the chicken pieces in the pan and top each piece with enough BBQ sauce to completely coat it. Cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes. It’s best to do this step the day before so the chicken cools enough to dice it. This is an excellent way to get rid of leftover chicken. (To make this a complete meal by itself, just increase the amount of chicken to feed each person.)
For the meal. Dice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces. In a small bowl, mix together chicken broth, ranch dressing mix and peas. In a skillet over medium heat, add the diced chicken along with the broth mixture. Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles according to package directions. Once the chicken has warmed up and the noodles have cooked and drained, combine the two.
To serve, place the BBQ Chicken Ranch and Egg Noodles in a bowl, garnish with chopped green onions and a drizzle of ranch dressing, if desired. Enjoy!
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