Saturday, 19 September 2009
Ideas for cooked chicken
As I spend a lot of time on my own a whole chicken can last several days so I try to think of different things to do with it.
I always boil a whole chicken in a large pan because then I have stock to use for soups and casseroles, and also it's good for mixing with food for the dogs. So I'll then use the cooked chicken for curries, stir-fry with peppers, brocolli, onions...and anything else in season. Also chopped up in a salad...particular tasty in a salad made from mixed cooked beans and tossed in olive oil and lemon juice.
One of my favourite uses for cooked chicken is a kind of filling for fajitas. We can buy something very similar to the fajita pancakes here, and I always have a pack in the freezer.
The basic mix consists of chopped onions fried in olive oil, to which I had crushed red pepper (or chilli) and some yenibahar (I think allspice is much the same). To this I add the chopped cooked chicken and heat it through.
To fill the fajitas, first spread some red pepper paste (or tomato paste if you prefer) in the centre of the pancake, add chopped lettuce, some of the chicken mixture and finally some grated cheese. Roll the pancake up and enjoy!
This chicken mixture is also a good filling for jacket potatoes.
Nothing is wasted because the dogs eat any leftover meat plus all the bones. And before anyone panics at the thought of feeding dogs chicken bones...please don't worry. It's perfectly safe..if dogs are used to them from an early age, they learn how to digest them...and they are very good for their teeth and bones. I was reassured of this fact years ago by an Australian vet. Far better for them than some of the tinned dog food you buy in other countries. And of course Beki, who has eaten them for the past 7 years, is living proof!