The Hungry Man Eats

A Case of the Mondays: Leftovers Volume 2, Chicken and Old Stuff

Mediocre Raw Ingredients

Sometimes you have leftovers that are the remains of an excellent meal that you look forward to eating again, other times you eat leftovers or make something just because you hate to see food go to waste. Today’s meal is the latter case, and I was hoping my rogue’s gallery of ingredients pictured above would be up to the task of coming together to make an edible meal.

What do we have to work with here? A slightly freezer burnt boneless chicken breast, an aging, mostly used head of broccoli, and 12 day old couscous. I can hear you cringe from across the internet.

How can we pull this off? First I trimmed the freezer burnt parts off the chicken breast then started it cooking in a frying pan with enough olive oil to coat it(1/2 T) and a light dusting of poultry seasoning. I got the broccoli clipped off of the main head and ready to boil. I also plated the couscous and had it ready to zap in the microwave for 30 seconds when everything was ready to come together. Once the chicken was close to done, I added about a 1/3 cup of frozen Birds Eye Pepper Stir Fry vegetables (red, yellow and green pepper plus onion) to sauté. My ace in the hole for making something out of this dish was the sauce I was going to top the chicken with: Harry & David’s Pepper and Onion Relish, Classic Recipe.

Some people say that resorting to pre-made store bought sauces are the sign of a lazy chef and are inferior to something that is homemade, but on a Monday, with a cook in the kitchen who wants to put in minimal effort (me, today) do what you need to make it taste good (and cover the flavor of the chicken if I missed trimming a freezer burnt bit).

So how did everything come together in the end? Take a look below…

Chicken Dinner Saved

It looked so awesome that I decided to have some wine as well, Jacobs Creek Chardonnay 2011 to be precise. It tasted as good as it looked also! This is a recipe I would gladly make again with fresh ingredients, it only took about 20 minutes to put together as well.


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