Gut Check Shares Thanksgiving Family Recipes

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Grandma's Chicken 'n Noodles

The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables is of course the turkey, but for me it's just the opening act, relegated to the edge of the plate. Instead, I head straight to the big pot of my Grandma's Chicken 'n Noodles, a veritable delicacy passed down from Great Grandma Olson. Grandma insists it's a simple dish, but mysteriously no one else in my family has ever successfully replicated it. I have to believe there's more to it (love? happiness?) that only my Grandma knows about. Essentially, you just take some chicken and throw it in a pot of boiling water with powdered chicken bullion (salt and pepper, too); wait a while and then discard skin and any bones and throw in egg noodles.

Full disclosure, Grandma admits that she does not in fact make the noodles from scratch as her mother once did, but hey, these are modern times and the grocery store is right down the street. When complete, the steaming noodles and broth is delicious, with strips of chicken distributed throughout. But the real key is to then ladle the Chicken 'n Noodles onto a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and then rip off some chunks of a dinner roll for dippins'. I usually save a big space in the middle of my plate for this spectacular dish -- everything all is simply a side dish.

Grandma's Chicken 'n Noodles

4 chicken breasts
3 tablespoons of chicken bouillon
6 cups of water
1 package egg noodles
Salt and pepper
Onion or garlic powder (optional)

Boil and then shred the chicken breasts. Bring six cups of water to a boil and add chicken bouillon (and the garlic or onion powder, if using). Throw in the shredded chicken and egg noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste and let the stock thicken. Key: ladle over creamy mashed potatoes and eat with a dinner roll.

-- Zach Garrison

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