4 Meals: 1 Rotisserie Chicken PART I

Meat isn’t cheap. So in order to meet our $50 a week food goal we’ve cut down our meat consumption. We’ve also been forced to do some multi-purposing for those carnivorous cravings we do act on.

Meal 1: Southwest Chicken Chili
Monday night was a terrible National Championship game. But football nights are always good chili nights. We turned to a favorite of ours, Southwest Chicken Chili. To make sure the rotisserie chicken stretches four meals I only used the meat of one leg and about half of one breast.

To make this your own, try replacing one cup of the chicken broth with a bottle of your favorite beer. Once cooked down, you’ll be thankful for the added flavor.

Other tips: I like to keep the seeds in the jalapeño. The seeds and veins hold the heat. If you like heat, throw it all in. Lastly, we eat our chili Texas style: served over rice. Try brown rice for a little extra wholesomeness. But remember, brown rice will take about twice as long to cook as your typical white rice.

Meal 2: Simple Asian Noodle Soup

This is seriously so easy!

Start by emptying a quart of chicken broth into a large saucepan. Turn it on medium heat and cover.

To speed up the process I throw the ginger and red chili into the food processor. For the first time I threw in the white part of one green onion. Extra flavor. Once chopped fine, throw the mixture into the warming chicken broth.

Next, wash and cut some asparagus into half inch pieces. Add to the broth. Also add some frozen peas, carrots and corn.

Because we have the rotisserie chicken, I’m adding a little chicken to the mix. I only added the meat from one leg and thigh, shredded.

Add 3 packages of ramen noodles. Throw out the seasoning package. Once the noodles are tender take your pot off the heat and add soy sauce. Finally, add the juice of half a lime. Taste. You can add more if you need to cut the heat from the red chili. I usually end up using the whole lime.

Big ups to Jamie Oliver for this one!


Simple Asian Soup

1 quart low sodium chicken broth
Thumb size piece of ginger root
1 red chili pepper
1 green onion (optional)
Asparagus (about 10 spears)
1 cup mixed vegetables (peas, carrots and corn)
1/2 cup shredded chicken
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 lime
3 packages of ramen noodles


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