By day 5 I was coming to terms with the Damn Chicken. 🙂 I was comfortable with it’s existence and with eating it for five days. SO, I’m giving it a little break and not calling it names today. ha ha ha okay, I am. It’s still that “Damn Chicken”.
Day 5 was a Saturday. I had a friends coming over for a 4 course meal the next day and I had little time to work on a new and exciting way to eat the little bit of leftover chicken. I also knew I’d have little time to sit and relax for the day. Laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and some cooking was ahead of me.
I was in the kitchen making a cup of coffee and trying to decide if I had time to do one more dish. THEN as it often does, that pretty light bulb went on over my head (I probably just turned on the lights in the kitchen).
I had all the stuff to make biscuits and gravy …… and I do love biscuits and gravy….. so why not substitute the sausage with chicken and see what happens?
That is exactly what I did.
The chicken wasn’t going to have enough flavor on it’s own to really give the gravy the flavor I wanted so I did was all good southern women do. I added bacon fat.
I did use packaged biscuits. Hey, Sometimes I buy them BECAUSE IT’S EASIER! And remember, I’m single. I can buy those little “cans” that only have a few rather than trying to cut a recipe to just make enough for one for the weekend. (Wow, I just defended buying premade biscuit dough – I need more coffee)
Breakfast was easy and didn’t take long.
Here is what I used:
2 Cups Milk
Chopped Chicken – whatever was leftover. I didn’t measure, I just tossed it in.
4 Pieces Bacon – Crispy and chopped
2 Tbsp Flour
Salt & Pepper
Scallions – Chopped
Cook the bacon until crispy and set aside. Leave a couple Tbsb of bacon fat in the pan. Over medium low to medium heat, add the butter and let it melt.
SLOWLY sprinkle in the flour, mixing well to make your gravy “roux”.
SLOWLY add the milk while stirring to incorporate the flour. Add a little at a time until well blended.
Add a little pepper.
Continue to stir as it comes to a simmer. Stir frequently and taste from time to time. Be careful with adding salt. If you used a salt cured bacon you could really overdo it quickly here. I prefer to add salt at the end if I want it.
Reduce heat to low to medium low and let it reduce and thicken for about 15 to 20 minutes. Stirring OFTEN.
Toss in the chopped chicken about 5 minutes before it’s done. (at the 10 to 15 minute point)
Taste and season as desired. (you’re going to add bacon in a minute so keep that in mind when salting)
Now put a biscuit on a plate, top with the gravy, sprinkle with bacon and scallions.
I added a couple shakes of pepper too.
Pour a cup of coffee – or a mimosa and enjoy day 5 of “Damn Chicken”.
TA DAH!!!! You just ate chicken for 5 days. 1 chicken, 5 meals. Not so bad.