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December 29, 2009

Chicken Spaghetti by The Pioneer Women

I got something for Christmas that literally is going to change my life...

"The Pioneer Women Cooks" by Ree Drummond is going to teach me how to cook.  Much like her website, Pioneer Women, the book is full of pictures so that I know what the recipe is supposed to look like every step of the process. However, the best part of this book is that it encompasses all the foods I want to learn how to cook (ie potato skins, roast, breakfast bowls, etc.) with ingredients that are not intimidating.  Don't get me wrong, this isn't a simple cookbook, but it also gives the user (especially cooking inhibited ones like me) all the tools that are necessary in order to succeed.


My first dish was Ree's recipe for Chicken Spaghetti which I will not be reprinting because you can find it HERE with much better detail.  I chose this dish because it looked delicious, plus it had a little twist.  Instead of cooking the pasta in water you cook it in the broth from the whole chicken that you boil.  Yes, WHOLE CHICKEN. It made a world of difference. Here are my thoughts on this receipe:

1. While the use of the whole chicken was fun, despite my best effort I found some small bones in the meat after I had shredded it and baked it.  Next time I think I will use chicken breast and add the chicken stock to the water separately.

2. Serve with bread.

I made this for Dan and Chris, and we pretty much galvanized the thing.  We started in on it before I could even get a picture, so here's what it looked like after.


Delicious! And so easy! Definitely give it a try!



Brittney said...

I love her recipes and this looks so yummy! I will definitely be making this sometime in the near future.

kelsey said...

I am OBSESSED with this cookbook. In fact, I almost drove to Salt Lake City to her book signing :) The only recipe that I've made that hasn't been successful was the Meatloaf... but I think it was my fault :) Happy cooking, Melissa!

Mrs. D said...

Wow - that looks amazing. Anything with that much cheese has to be delicious! I love Pioneer Woman - she is so meticulous about recording every step of the cooking process.

Michelle said...

Melissa I made the chicken enchiladas for my family--including my two brothers who live in San Diego, so tough crowd to please. They LOVED them. They came out so delicious and so yummy. And I reheated it 3 days later and it was still perfection! I think next time I'm going to substitute tons of beans and rice for the peppers and onions, but sooo goood!

Lauren said...

The chicken spaghetti was the only recipe my husband HATED. I got the sauce a little soupy. I'm going to try to man up and make it again. You inspired me.


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