I am without a doubt a carnivore. I love meat and while I am eating less of it lately, I can’t imagine giving it up totally. Even as I write this, there is a pot roast in the oven but that is another recipe for another post.
While I do love meat, I have never been a big fan of chicken. I roast a super tender & juicy chicken. I make delicious, rich stock from that roasted chicken and I even make pretty good fried chicken. The problem is………. I don’t like chicken. It’s the chicken breast that gets me. As flavorful as it may be at first, about 3 bites in and I’m done. It starts to lose all of its tiny bit of appeal and then I find myself with a mouth full of chicken that I won’t chew and I won’t swallow and for some reason I won’t spit out. Yes, think “4 year old child refusing to eat dinner”. I have the same reaction to oatmeal but again, that’s a different story.
As we all do from time to time, I decided it was time to cut some spending and eat at home more. I’m not sure why but I decided to do this with Chicken. Why chicken? I don’t even like chicken! BUT chicken is pretty inexpensive so I bought one.
I do weird stuff …. just go with it. I ate chicken for 5 nights and never ate just plain chicken. I ate what I cooked and even ate the leftovers. During this time I also ate chicken for lunch at work and a date cooked dinner for me and it was….. chicken. (that was really good. I posted the recipe on my facebook page)
You may be wondering, How did this post come to be called “Damn Chicken”? Well, that’s simple. I’d get home from work and would be chatting with friends and the question “What are you going to do tonight” would come up. My reply quickly, by night 2 to be exact, became “I need to do something with this damn chicken”. It stuck.
This is how a single women that doesn’t like chicken, ate DAMN CHICKEN all week long….. and liked it.
Day 1: Roasted a chicken.
Even on night 1 I didn’t want plain chicken so I did this: Ramen noodles with an egg, vegetables, chicken and sriracha.
This recipe is below.
Day 2: Long day at work, so I had a chicken salad sandwich for dinner. Leftovers for lunch the next day (YES I ATE THAT DAMN CHICKEN FOR LUNCH TOO!)
Day 3: Chicken, Spinach and Quinoa “cakes”. they were pretty good.
Day 4: “Chicken Pies”. Little hand pies with chicken spinach, ricotta and pine nuts AND with Chicken, zucchini and mushrooms.
Day 5: Biscuits & Chicken Gravy.
I have posted the pictures here but to keep this post from dragging on and on, I’ll post the recipes separately.
They are also on my facebook page.
Here was day 1 of “Damn Chicken”!
First: Roast a chicken. The size of the chicken should depend on the number of people you plan to feed.
I was cooking for 1 with room for trial and error.
Dry the chicken well. Truss and then season well.
Place in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes then reduce heat to 325 to 350 until done.
For this dish I used 1/2 of the breast.
I cooked a package of ramen noodles, seasoned and drained them.
While they were cooking I tossed in a small handful of celery. I want it cooked just a little bit.
I also cooked an egg. Over medium. I had planned to poach it but changed my mind at the last minute.
One the soup was done, I put the noodles in a bowl and topped with the egg, chicken, celery, a little carrot, cucumber, scallion, cilantro and a squeeze of sriracha.
Turned into this delicious bowl of food.
If I can do it, you can do it.
Go buy a damn chicken and get started. If you’d prefer to not cook it, buy it already cooked.
The Sassy Kitchen