One Chicken …Five Meals

I bought a free range chicken from Tesco last week (would have used my local butcher but it was 10pm). This fine specimen (about 2kg) cost me the best part of nine quid. If I am to eat meat in these times of food inflation then I try to buy the good stuff and make it stretch. My one chicken gave me the following:

  • Roast chicken supper (for 2)
  • Chicken soup (supper for 2 and lunch for 1)
  • Toasted deli wrap (supper for 1)
  • Roast chicken sandwich (lunch for 1)
  • Mushroom risotto (supper for 2, lunch for 1, lunch for C. and leftovers  for the freezer)

Cheap meat is a false economy.from website

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Mushroom Risotto

A typical dark night in winter and the kitchen window is rattling from the wind and the rain. Mrs W. is out herding brownies so we will be having dinner late. I decide to make what I believe to be her very favourite thing for supper …risotto.

It’s such a handy dish for hoovering up whatever might be lurking in the fridge (leftover chicken, bacon, leeks, ham, Parmesan ends and frozen peas often feature in mine). Today there are mushrooms, better still they are chestnut ones which i think always look tastier then their pale cousins. There is chicken stock in the fridge too, you can tell its a good batch because it has set to a firm jelly. A dash of Mushroom Ketchup and a glug of vermouth adds depth to the stock.

Just as I serve up I remember the christmas present I was given from my brother in law…

… a sprinkling of magic to finish the dish. Cheers Jim!