Rubber Chicken – revisit, one year on!!

I can’t believe it’s a whole year since I first wrote about Rubber Chicken.

It’s the post that people keep coming back to. It’s been mentioned on the Forum of Money Saving Expert.‘ It’s been used by 67 and Stopped Counting during her ‘Holiday’ in Mallorca during Lockdown.

If you haven’t read it, here it is.

I’ve been keeping an eye on how much I spend since my husband left 15 months ago and making a chicken s-t-r-e-t-c-h (like rubber – get it?) is one of the ways I’ve been doing it.

On Rubber Chicken Day Two, I use some of the cold meat for another main meal. There are endless possibilities –

  • Just have cold chicken with potatoes and veg – and if you have some gravy and stuffing left over from Day One, so much the better
  • Chicken curry – my curry recipe bears no resemblance whatsoever to an authentic Asian curry. With apologies to my Asian friends and colleagues – I fry some onions and red pepper with a variety of spices (usually cumin, coriander seed, cardamom, garlic and chilli powder) then add any or all of the following – mushrooms, aubergine, a tin of tomatoes, leftover gravy, odd bits and bobs of veg, and the leftover chicken meat. I like to use brown rice as it has more taste and nutrition than the white variety, or I might have naan bread instead.
  • Chicken with pasta – onions, peppers, mushrooms, tin of tomatoes, garlic, anything else lurking at the back of the fridge, and some Italian herbs such as thyme, or oregano. I use wholemeal pasta, not the normal kind – or just garlic bread.
  • Chicken and mushroom pie. Sweat some mushrooms in oil or butter, then add flour and milk to thicken the sauce, and add the chicken meat. For the pie topping I use pastry, or thinly sliced potatoes, or mashed potato, or breadcrumbs. Pop it in the oven for 20 minutes or until the lid is a nice golden brown. There are enough carbs already, so you don’t need extra potatoes, but I usually have it with some sort of green veg.

This money-saving malarkey is all very well, but it can be boring if you don’t build some variety into the plan. I have Rubber Chicken pretty much every week (not absolutely every week – now and again I rebel and have something different, but it’s always more expensive!!), so it’s essential to ring the changes.

Today was Rubber Chicken Day One, so I need to think about what to do tomorrow, Day Two. I’m fancying a curry. I have some naan bread. Mmm, feeling peckish already…

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