You may think that the title of this page has something to do with the jPod.  Well, you’re somewhat right.  It is that time of year when a teacher gets a few days off for spring break.  Of course, as it is with most teachers, I have a lot of work to do on my days off so they are really just convenient breaks to get caught up at work.

It is also that time of year when tests are given.  Senior Management is currently taking one of her board exams for dental hygiene.  She should be done in a few hours and I know she’ll pass.  As our house has been full of papers and Senior Management has needed lots of quiet time to study, I have done most of the chores around the house, made her dinner, and worked on the jPod.  This post is about dinner (in the 10 iron dutch oven).  My post a”door”ed is about the progress on the jPod.

I decided to make Chicken ala Queen last night in the Dutch oven.  I adapted a recipe I found on-line to fit the Dutch Oven.  The woman who wrote the original is a good cook and actively preparing for disaster (Preparedness Pro).

Here is my dutch oven version of her recipe:

2 lbs of cubed fresh chicken
4 cups of uncooked Macaroni (corn noodles for me)
1 chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 quart canned tomatoes (ours are home canned)
2 1/2 cups of water
1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar
Salt & pepper to taste

I preheated my 10″ Dutch Oven to 350 in our oven then took it outside to the hot briquettes.

Once ready, pour the oil into the DO and let it heat up.  When the oil is warm, dump in the onions & dry macaroni noodles.  This will soften the onions & crisp the macaroni to add some crunch to the dish.  Plus it will keep the macaroni from falling apart when cooked.  Once the macaroni starts to change color, dump in the chicken and stir until the chicken starts to change color.

Then dump in the water, tomatoes, salt, & pepper.  Stir until well mixed.  Put the lid on the DO and leave to boil for 10-15 min.  At the end of the 10-15 min, remove the DO from the coals, take the lid off and sprinkle the cheese on top.  Replace the lid and let sit for 2-3 min or until the cheese is melted.

Then eat it.  It is really good. In fact, while writing this post I had to go get some left-overs.

Here are a few pictures: