Baked Pumpkin Chicken and Noodles

by Jenn on November 8, 2011

in GF Substitutions,Gluten Free,Meats,Pastas and Grains

Baked Chicken and Noodles, Gluten Free


Today I have the wonderful honor of guest posting on Prerna’s gorgeous food blog, Indian Simmer!  We’ve become lovely internet friends through sharing our passion for food, cooking, and photography, and I am so excited to be able to share on her site today.

One of my favorite things about the upcoming holidays is that essentially from now until the New Year for my family it is all about tradition.  Favorited treasured recipes that only get made once a year, as everyone eagerly awaits the familiar aromas wafting throughout the kitchen.  There’s always such a buzz of energy and excitement in the air, no matter what crazy weather/fallen trees/power outages Mother Nature decides to bring on my family’s New England home over the past Halloween, which they are have been heroically dealing with. Seriously well over a week later and my quaint little hometown is still a near disaster area, trees and wires lying in the road making several areas impassible, no cell service, many homes still without power and thus also without heat or running water, it’s absolutely nuts. But progress is slowly happening, and that is another story for another time – suffice to say while some of us are preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year, the rest of us may be outside chopping all the newfound firewood from the fallen trees…

This Thanksgiving seems like it will be full of all sorts of new experiences this year – so maybe it’s a good time to play with tradition as well. Why not try a holiday switch on some of our favorites? Every year that we’ve celebrated the holidays with my grandparents, Christmas dinner has involved baked chicken and noodles as the highlight of the meal.  It’s not so fancy, it’s not extravagant, but my grandparents have been making it for decades and it’s 100% pure happiness on the plate.  Seriously, comfort food doesn’t get any more satisfying than this.  But with every tradition comes the natural evolution of recipes, and while there may be a little pressure to keep a dish exactly how everyone remembers it, I cannot help but play.  This year, I’m taking our family Christmas dinner tradition and bringing it to our Thanksgiving table.

Changing the holiday isn’t the only switch I did with this tradition – I added in a little Thanksgiving essence by incorporating pumpkin, but I also made it completely gluten free so that this year, my husband will be able to enjoy it too.

Some traditions are meant to stay around forever unchanged, and some are meant to evolve – will this dish find a new home in the coming years on my family’s Thanksgiving table? Only time will tell. To find out my tips and recipe to convert this family favorite into a Thanksgiving inspired gluten free dish, you’ll have to go check out the rest of my post on Prerna’s blog, Indian Simmer. Happy cooking!

Also submitted to Gluten Free Wednesdays


Rosa November 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

A lovely guest post!



Jenn November 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Rosa!

Nashira at Plateful November 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I was really happy to see your interview at Prerna’s. Thanks so much Jen for sharing your family tradition and the gorgeous gluten free pasta recipe!

Jenn November 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Nashira!

Malli November 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

The noodle making is such an artful technique that you have used. I am inspired to test it out. Love the Fall recipe you have posted on Prerna’s site.

Jenn November 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thanks so much!

lo November 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

What a delicious combination of flavors, Jenn — loved that you’re partnering up with other great foodies to share the wealth :)

Jenn November 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

aww thanks so much! It was an absolute pleasure to write for Prerna :) November 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

The dish looks great! Off to see the recipe now :)

Jenn November 9, 2011 at 9:28 am


Lindsey@Lindselicious November 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Great guest post, I love all these savory pumpkin recipes!

Jenn November 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thank you!

Wendy @ Celiacs in the House November 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Brilliant idea to get that pumpkin into a classic dish. One thing about dealing with gluten issues is it does give us some permission to stray from tradition a little and let’s us leave our own stamp on what’s handed down to the next generations.

Jenn November 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Thanks Wendy! Yes, I love having some freedom to play with all of our favorite traditions a bit :)

EA-The Spicy RD November 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to check out the recipe…heading over to Indian simmer ASAP!

Jenn November 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Aww thanks!!

Nancy@acommunaltable November 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

This sounds absolutely lovely… gluten free Thanksgiving dishes are a bit of a challenge – one you’ve definitely succeeding in tackling!!

Jenn November 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks so much Nancy!

Russell at Chasing Delicious November 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

My gosh this sounds incredible. Loving the flavor combo. I headed over to the recipe and it looks soo good. I am definitely adding it to my to-do list. Yum!

Jenn November 23, 2011 at 4:42 am

Thanks so much Russell!

Barbara | Creative Culinary November 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I like some old with some new and some revisions on the old are always thrown in there too…I want to keep the tradition but still enjoy the process! I have yet to use pumpkin this year and have been wanting a savory recipe…I’m off to go visit now.

Jenn November 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Barbara!

The Feed November 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Love this post – a great autumn dish! Got to you via Foodgawker. We are a new food platform – Check us out and submit your work!

Jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

thank you!

Anna November 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

This is a great recipe. I love reading your post. Come to think of it, Thanksgiving and the holidays started witht the simple things. Simple yet meaningful. The basic things like family, blessings and of course traditions. These are great reasons to celebrate for, such that simple, yet hearty meals are always perfect…Great blog!

Jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

thanks !!

Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 10, 2011 at 1:49 am

Great guest post Jenn. Love the casserole!!


Jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Thanks Heather!

InTolerantChef November 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Traditions are a comfort in themselves, but it’s nice to make them accesable to us InTolerants too!

Jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Oh thanks! Def. nice to make something everyone can enjoy :)

Winnie November 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

This dish looks fantastic. Off to the check out the recipe on Indian Simmer!

Jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Thanks Winnie!

Kiri W. November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

That looks so absolutely scrumptious! I love paked pasta, and have never tried it with pumpkin, wonderful idea. :)

Jenn November 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

thanks! pumpkin + pasta = my new favorite :)

Family Meals and Cooking Tips November 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

This looks delicious. I am always on the hunt for new recieps my children would eat and this one would be very popular (and I love all pasta bakes!!)

Jenn November 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

thanks!! I love pasta bakes too – total comfort food :)

Simone November 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

O this dish looks delicious and I will be popping over to Indian Simmer to see your guestpost!

Jenn November 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

Thanks Simone!

Gen November 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

A nice and comforting Fall dish! I love the colors of it.

Jenn November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

thanks!! I think it would be easy to substitute leftover turkey from Thanksgiving to use as well :)

Divya November 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I stopped by from Prerna’s blog and I’m so glad I did. You have a wonderful space here with tempting recipes and gorgeous pictures. I was flipping through your flickr pictures last night with a cup of tea and I have to say – you’ve got talent! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

Jenn November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Oh thank you so much !

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño December 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

This looks outstanding and such a perfect touch of green. love it

Jenn December 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Thank you !!

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