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Chicken Cheddar Polenta

This is a very fast meal to make – it can be done in a small pot, a Titanium or steel mug. It is a great fall meal – it warms you up on cold days. The combination of quick cooking polenta, chicken, cheese and spicy red pepper flakes will fuel you.

Chicken Cheddar Polenta

In a snack size bag:
1/4 cup instant polenta (cooks in 1 minute type)
1 tsp butter powder
1/4 tsp diced dried garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Also take:
1 3-ounce can chicken
1-ounce cheddar cheese (1 stick)

Cube up the cheese and set aside. In your pot or mug bring 1 cup water to a boil. Lower the heat to medium, add in the dry ingredients and start stirring rapidly. Meanwhile lower the stove to as low as it will go. Be careful with the heat – polenta can be a mini-volcano if you don’t lower the heat fast! Cook for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and add in the chicken (with any broth) along with the cheese. Stir in till melted. The polenta will get stiff as it sits and cools.

Serves 1.

Getting started:

Water is on to boil, cheese diced up, chicken ready to go:

Cooking, keep stirring:

Ready to eat: