Recipe: Chicken Milano

Here's a dinner idea straight out of the dorm room: Make a dent in those Ramen noodle packets you've got stashed in the pantry with this recipe from "101 Things To Do With Ramen Noodles" by Toni Patrick.

That's right. There are at least 101 ways to serve up the quintessential cheap food that saw many of us through our starving college days.

In fact, Patrick created the book while a student at University of Northern Colorado.

You don't have to be a college student to appreciate the ingenuity of combining Ramen noodles with veggies for salads, meat for dishes ranging from beef sukiyaki to twice-baked tuna casserole and chocolate and marshmallows for dessert.

We're recommending you start out tonight with Chicken Milano, in part because it sounds fancy.

If you feel it's too low brow to serve up Ramen to your family, substitute another pasta for the noodles (linguini might be a nice choice for this recipe). Cook according to package directions. Just remember, you might need a little extra salt and seasoning to make up for the missing salt packets.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

1 tablespoon basil

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 packages chicken ramen noodles, with seasoning packets

salt and pepper, to taste

Brown chicken and garlic in oil in medium pan until done. Add tomatoes, basil and broth. Simmer over low heat for five minutes.

Cook noodles according to package directions and drain. Add one seasoning packet (or seasonings of your choosing). Stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve chicken over warm noodles.

Since dinner was such a snap, make this Ramen noodle delicacy for dessert.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

2 packages ramen noodles, any flavor

3 cups milk chocolate chips

2 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Place unbroken noodles into a lightly greased 8X8-inch pan. Cover with layers of chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Cook in oven until marshmallows and chips are melted. Layer remaining ingredients over top and refrigerate.

Go watch your favorite hour-long television show. Then cut the chinos into bars and serve.