We Love Chicken Elbows!

BY VALERIE BELDEN WILDER
Columbia County, New York  I  Friday, 27 March 2020

This is a really simple recipe which Thing 2 and I enjoy all the time. We never seem to get tired of it!

It’s also really inexpensive, and easy to have the two ingredients on hand in your pantry. Where I shop, I get a box of Barilla pasta elbows for $1.60, and a two-pack of canned chicken for $3.50. This is enough ingredients to make the recipe two times, so a single recipe ends up costing only $2.55.

This isn’t going to feed a large family, or a bunch of hearty eaters. But for Thing 2 and me, it’s a perfect dinner, and we eat it often. It’s our comfort food.

I like it when someone asks what I had for dinner and I can say “Chicken Elbows”. It catches people off guard, and gets some weird looks and chuckles. I enjoy that.

CHICKEN ELBOWS
3 cups water
1 can white chicken (10 ounces)
1/2 box pasta elbows (8 ounces)

In a large saucepan, pour three cups of water and one can of chicken, including the broth. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, and add half a box of pasta elbows. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Most of the liquid will be absorbed, so this doesn’t end up looking like a soup, it’s more like a pasta dish.

Dish up into two or three bowls. Add a pat of butter, stir, then a sprinkle of salt. Enjoy!

P.S. I don’t usually put paprika on top, but I did for the sake of the photo, just to add a bit of color.