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Meal in a bag or jar: Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo With Broccoli

Sometimes we just need a gourmet emergency meal!

Chicken fettuccine alfredo with broccoli meal cooked and in a bowl.

We all deserve a treat once in a while, don't we? Well, that's what I was thinking when I was developing the recipe for this Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini With Broccoli meal in a bag (or jar). Personally, I think in the world of emergency food/MREs this meal would definitely be a treat! A gourmet meal treat that is.


What ever made me think of making this recipe? Well, for starters, this is one of my favorite entrées to order when eating at a restaurant. Secondly, it's not a dish I make very often at home. It's a lot of trouble to go to prepare this dish for just one person. So, one day I just thought it sounded like a good meal in a jar to make. It would it be good to add to our long term food storage as something a little "special" to have once in a while. And, it would also be something I could eat whenever I got a hankering for it because I would package it in individual portions, making meal prep pretty much non existent! So, I set about the arduous task of developing the recipe. I say arduous because that development was over a year in the making. It took a lot of research to develop a recipe that I could get ingredients in the form of freeze dried foods to use for it. Then, the freeze dried foods were hard to find off and on throughout the year (because of the pandemic). So, it took a while to develop. The best part about it taking so long and being so arduous was the fact that I got to taste a lot of attempts at getting just the right ingredients and just the right amount of said ingredients. Yummy!!


Confession time


Quite honestly, when I filmed the video of me cooking this meal in the mylar bag, I got a little bit embarrassed. Embarrassed because I hadn't taken the time to test the recipe using the mylar bag and cozy for cooking it. I had only tested it using the microwave to cook it. That was my own fault because it had taken me so long to develop the recipe and I hadn't made any videos during that time, and I had forgotten I had to do a cooking test in the mylar bag for the video. And, as it turned out, I did need to adjust/tweak the recipe just a tad bit for cooking in the mylar bag. It was a little too runny. Ugh. But the flavor was absolutely wonderful!!


I ended up having to let the meal cool in the mylar bag on the video so that the sauce would thicken up. But, that was a step I was not prepared for and it was not a step included in the original recipe. And, it was embarrassing not to be totally prepared to shoot the video. All that really was needed, was to reduce the amount of water used to cook it. Everything else was just perfect. Anyway, that's why it looks a little bit runny in the photo up at the top of the page. After it cooled down in the bowl I put it in, the sauce did thicken up just fine. So, I have adjusted the recipe as needed.


I don't have pictures to help explain the process of putting the recipe together in the mylar bags, so I am just going to go ahead and place the recipe here. I will put the manufacturer of the freeze dried/powder ingredients I used in the recipe next to the items as they are listed. That information will not be on the recipe that you can download/print. So just scroll down a bit for the video and then past that for the recipe.


I hope you enjoy the video and if you try the recipe that you enjoy it as much as I did!! Again, the flavor and everything was perfection; other than the sauce being a little runny and trying to adjust that "live", lol. If you do try the recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it.


Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!


Psalm 46:10, Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen,

I will be exalted in the earth. (KJV)



Meals in a bag: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli (DOWNLOAD/PRINT RECIPE)


Shelf life 3-5 years


1 serving


INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked and dehydrated fettuccine pasta

1/4 cup freeze-dried white chicken chunks (I used Augason Farms White Chicken Chunks)

1/4 cup dehydrated broccoli

3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese powder (I used Hoosier Hill Farm brand)

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream powder (I used Hoosier Hill Farm brand)

2 Tablespoons buttermilk powder (I used Hoosier Hill Farm brand)

2 Tablespoons corn starch

1-1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder (not the kind that requires refrigeration) OR 1 bouillon cube (I used Orrington Farms Broth Base & Seasoning, Chicken Flavored)

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1-1/4 cups boiling water (to rehydrate)


INSTRUCTIONS/PUTTING MEAL TOGETHER

(Write name of meal, instructions for cooking, and date on outside of mylar bag.)

1. Put all ingredients, except water, in a pint or quart sized mylar bag.

2. Place oxygen absorber (100 - 300 cc) into mylar bag.

3. Push out as much air from the bag as you can.

4. Seal mylar bag using a hair straightening iron, clothes iron (do not use steam setting), or an impulse heat sealer.

5. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.


DIRECTIONS FOR COOKING IN THE BAG

1. Remove oxygen absorber from the bag.

2. Pour 1 and 1/4 cups boiling water into the bag and stir.

3. Close bag with zipper seal or use paper clip, etc.

4. Place bag in cozy or wrap a towel or t-shirt around the bag (for insulation).

5. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, stirring about half way. Sauce should thicken as it cools.

6. Serve.



DIRECTIONS FOR COOKING OVER A FIRE/COOK STOVE

1. Remove oxygen absorber from the bag.

2. Pour the remaining ingredients from the bag into a pot with 1 and 1/4 cups of water, stir, and bring to a boil.

3. Remove from heat, stir, cover and let sit for 15 minutes. (Works best if you can wrap the pot in a cozy, towel, or t-shirt to provide insulation.) Sauce will thicken as it cools

4. Serve.


DIRECTIONS FOR MICROWAVE COOKING (For cooking at home)

1. Remove oxygen absorber from the bag.

2. Pour all of the remaining ingredients from the bag into a glass or microwave proof bowl, add 1 and 1/4 cups water.

3. Stir, cover, and cook on high for 3 minutes.

4. Take the bowl out of the microwave and stir.

5. Put the bowl back in the microwave, cover, and cook for an additional 4 minutes at 50% power.

6. Let sit in the microwave for 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it cools

7. Serve.