In a departure from traditional chili, I present a chili version of chicken noodle soup. It was time. No, I haven’t sacked the backyard hens. Despite their freeloading ways (3 of them anyway), I could never bring myself to do it. Each has her own distinct personality and food preference:
Sarah (hardworking egg layer): Favorite food- Macaroni and cheese
Nixie (big, lazy girl with personality for miles): Favorite food- Peanut butter and jelly
Penelope (smart, but too petite for her own safety): Favorite food- fresh corn
Rosabelle (rule follower, sergeant-at-arms): favorite food- whatever Penelope is eating
Would the chickens try chili? They already have. As yet, they haven’t developed a taste for it. Perhaps Penelope could dupe Rosabelle into wolfing down a bowl of red, but I suspect Rosabelle would exact a cruel revenge.
Backyard flock aside, the impetus for today’s chili chicken soup is the unanimous and palpable desire to take a break from tomato (or strawberry) based chili. Case in point, while intending to scribble a note asking the children to call their grandmother, I instead scribed “chili” on the white board (apparently all chili and no play makes me a dull boy.) This, coupled with an upset stomach, has me thinking we need something different (but, you know, slightly chili) today.
Add to a pot:
1 lb chicken breast (store bought), cut into small pieces
5 C water
1 T chicken bullion
2 t chili powder
2 T fresh jalapeno, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 t Penzey’s Northwoods seasoning
1 C diced white onions
1 C carrot
Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
3 C raw egg noodles.
Simmer until noodles are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Mission accomplished. There were sublime chili notes, but this meal was by and large just a simple chicken soup. Two of the three junior ITP ranked this as their favorite “chili” thus far. The remaining Panel members also gave it high marks. I found it a bit too mild for my taste, but, given my recent bout with peptic distress, the soup hit the spot. Perspective being a funny thing, I imagine the backyard hens would state that my chili chicken noodle soup misses the mark and induces peptic distress.