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4.25.2013

Quick Chicken Stroganoff

Let's go to Hungary.  Wanna go to Hungary?  I want to go to Hungary.


That's where this meal takes me.  I'm not sure why because I actually think stroganoff is Russian.  Maybe I'm thinking of goulash?  Either way, this meal takes me to Hungary-town.  See what I did there?

In other news, it might be a subconscious thing (...or I might be very aware since I'm writing about it at this moment), but I recently realized that there's an astonishing number of things I do on a daily basis that annoy my husband.  Not in, like, an OMG-why-did-I-marry-you sort of way, but more in a you're-so-cute-and-I'm-so-happy-I-married-you-so-I-get-to-live-with-all-your-idiosyncrasies fashion.  Right, honey?

For instance, I have an insane relationship with gum.  I chew gum to avoid mindless snacking, but then I end up mindlessly snacking on gum.  I will chew a piece for a good five minutes until it's no longer soft and "has no more flavor," and then I'll swap it out for a new piece.  I am literally sitting here chewing the last piece in a pack I bought yesterday.  Afternoon.  This annoys my husband to no end usually because it's his gum that I'm chewing, and there's only so many times you can tolerate "(chew, smak) Can I have another piece (smak chew smak)?".

I realize I'm not a normal person.

The other thing that really annoys him?  Knuckle-cracking.  Not yours, probably just mine.  It's never good when you have the ability to crack every crackable thing in your body AND you've got a generally nervous personality type.  There are times he will reach across the couch and grab my hands, squeeze them tightly together, and give me a sincere death glare.  It doesn't help the situation that I find his sincere death glare incredibly cute.

But I think it's my ability to overthink decisions, like weekly meal planning, that annoys us both.  I can spend too much time sitting with a stack of new recipes on a Saturday morning deliberating over all my options.  Is this recipe too similar to what I made last week?  Did we just have chicken?  Do we eat too much pasta?  Where in God's name do I find harissa???  This is annoying to me because over-scrambling my brain waves like that takes up too much of my time, and it's annoying to him because, at the end of the day, he's perfectly happy with old standbys and delicious repeats.  Not every recipe has to be fancy shmancy and brand new. 

Not every recipe needs a new wheel invented.  Or something.

To this end, this is a healthy and quick weeknight meal I know I've made before.  In the past, I may have used the crock pot, and I may have used turkey tenderloins.  Or beef.  I may have omitted the mushrooms then too because I am a serious hater and that will never change.

Point is: don't annoy yourself!  If you liked it, make it again.  And if you liked it but you're bored with it, change it up!



Quick Chicken Stroganoff
Adapted from Cooking Light
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 c onion, chopped
Salt/pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 2/3 c low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth, divided
5 tsp all-purpose flour
1/3 c fat-free sour cream
3 tbs green onions, thinly sliced
1 lb whole-wheat egg noodles, cooked al dente
2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped

Preparation:
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and coat with cooking spray.  Add the chicken to the pan, and cook for 4 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove from the pan, and set aside.

Add the onion, salt/pepper, and paprika to the hot pan, and saute 4 minutes or until tender.  Reduce the heat to medium.


Combine 1/4 c chicken broth and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Add the broth mixture, chicken, additional 3/4 c broth, and 1/2 c water to the pan.  Scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen up the browned bits.  Cover and cook 8 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.

Remove from the heat, and stir in the sour cream and green onions.  Add in the cooked egg noodles and stir to coat well.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve!


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