Since I am trying to get caught up around here with things like washing windows, I am trying to cook really easy meals. Hubby and I can pretty much make our own breakfast and lunch but dinner usually is my meal of the day to make. So for the next few weeks, with the exception of Easter, I will be making meals that only take a few minutes.
I do have some ground turkey all cooked up in the freezer that I will be using but I wanted to do up some chicken. So when the chicken breasts went on sale for $1.88 a lb. this week I purchased a large package.
Yesterday, I baked that chicken. After lining my roasting pan with foil, I cleaned some bits of skin off of the chicken and then washed and drained it all.
While that was draining, I mixed up some oil, basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Then I dipped each chicken breast in the mixture and coated them and put each one in the pan. I then baked them in my convection oven at 325. Normally I cook them for 20 minutes because I have cut them in 1/2 lengthwise. However yesterday I was rushing around here and just baked them whole so they took about 35-40 minutes to reach a temperature of 165. The oil keeps the chicken really, really moist. I hate dryed out chicken.
When I took them out of the oven, I put them on a plate to rest for a while.
After they cooled, I cut them up into chunks and put them in freezer bags. I cut up one for each bag since they were huge breasts. There are only two of us and this amount is plenty for a meal. I will be using one for a meal tonight. The rest are frozen for other quick meals.
Usually for long term storage, I food saver them. However since they will be used in the next 6 - 7 weeks, I just used the freezer ziplocs.
I had just enough room in my freezer to put these bags in. That huge package would have never fit so that was another reason that I cooked them up.
I have been doing this with chicken for a couple of years. I first saw it done this way somewhere on the internet but I can't remember where so I can't link it.
Tonight's dinner will be chicken teriyaki stir fry using a bag of the chicken, onions, three colors of peppers and the sauce. I will serve it on rice or quinoa. I can do the rice or quinoa in the pressure cooker so that is easy too.
Sometimes when you have lots to do you just have to give yourself some grace and do easy meals. I may even have Hubby grill a strip steak from our freezer one night and make a tossed salad to go with it. I still have lots of strip steaks in the freezer from buying a whole strip loin last fall. I love grilled food so this week he is getting the grill out and ready to go.
I would love some help from all of you on what easy meals that I can throw this chicken in. What is your favorite way to use up chunks of chicken besides stir fry and soup?