How to Make Garlic Ranch Chicken Alfredo in a Microwave
If you were sent to prison, what meals would you miss the most? The juicy cheeseburger from your favorite diner? Your grandma's homemade apple pie? Prisons aren't well known for their food, but that doesn't keep incarcerated men and women from coming up with creative ways to recreate their favorite dishes.
Angelina, a prisoner in Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee, put together a prison recipe book of tasty treats and eats made from commissary items. From buffalo chicken to gooey brownies, Angelina explains that her prison cookbook is a community effort. The recipes come from many different people and are "tried-and-true."
"I never thought in a million years that you could make so many things in the microwave," Angelina says.
PRISON RECIPES FROM ACROSS THE NATION
In recent editions of Inside Journal®, a quarterly newspaper printed and distributed by Prison Fellowship® to correctional facilities across the country, Angelina and other prisoners have shared their favorite prison recipes. Inside Journal's readers responded enthusiastically. Letters filled with gratitude—and more recipes!—flooded Prison Fellowship.
These dishes are made using only a microwave and items for sale in a prison commissary. We were so impressed with our readers' creativity that we prepared and taste-tested several ourselves!
Don’t believe us? Watch "Cooking in Prison" or try one for yourself, like this yummy take on chicken alfredo:
GARLIC RANCH CHICKEN ALFREDO
- 5 oz. chicken breast
- 1 (3.7 oz.) packet Thai noodles
- 3 oz. (two 1.5 oz. packets) ranch dressing
- 1 oz. (three single-serve packets) mayo
- 1 tbsp. garlic
- 1 tbsp. dry powder milk
- 4 single-serve pepper packets
- 13 oz. peas (optional)
Place Thai rice noodles and contents of accompanying veggie packet in large bowl with lid (use only veggie packet, not the seasoning packet).
Heat 1 large cup (about 20 oz.) water until hot. Add hot water to dry rice noodles and veggie mix. Cover with lid. Set aside to soak (10 minutes).
In small bowl, mix together ranch, mayo, garlic, pepper, dry powder milk.
After noodles have soaked for 10 minutes, drain water, then add sauce (and peas) and mix well. Gently and carefully fold in chicken breast.
Heat in microwave until warm. Serve with crackers.
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