Fact: When you are in a new town and feeling a little homesick, sometimes it helps to cook.
Fact: When you are in a new town and feeling a little homesick, cooking comfort food helps even more.
Fact: When you are in a new town and feeling a little homesick and hoping to cook comfort food, sometimes you’re also broke.
Fact: When you are in a new town, feeling a little homesick, hoping to cook comfort food, and pretty broke…you may also not want to get fat.
Fact: This recipe will solve all your problems.
Or, as I like to think of it, “Thank you, Cooking Light Magazine, for showing me that I can cook comfort food and eat my feelings, and my jeans can still fit, because I sure as shit can’t afford new ones.”
“Don’t order takeout; this is faster, cheaper, tastier, and healthier” also comes to mind.
This recipe cost about $10 to make and gave me four servings. I used rotisserie chicken (which is quickly becoming my favorite way to spend $5). I was nervous it might be bland but it was delicious. Eric came over the night I made this and we both were amazed at how the flour tortilla strips could give the same texture and taste as dumplings.
We also couldn’t get over how buttery tasting it is! There’s only one tablespoon of butter in it and you use it to saute the onions, so I have no idea how the butter flavor was so present but…it is. And how!
All you college kids who just got back to school? Please make this a few times before you turn to ramen noodles. Not only will you feel like your mom is right there, but you’ll also feel like a bona fide chef, because it definitely doesn’t taste like a beginner’s recipe.
I think I’ll think of it as “No More Tears Chicken & Dumplings.” Because really, no matter what you’re bummed about, it’ll make you feel better without increasing your student loan debt.