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