OK. Not really. But it’s a start, OK??
I found chicken breast tenders ON SALE at the Piggly Wiggly, and I bought 3 big family sized packages of them!
The DH (darlin Husband) has gout, and therefore, no matter how much we LOVE a big ole juicy grilled steak… and a cheeseburger… and a beef roast cooked in the crock pot low and slow all day on a Sunday… and a big slab of brisket from Hugh Edward Knoth… SORRY – mouth watering, must wipe drool off… No matter how much we love beef, something in it makes his gout flare up, so I have become The Queen of Cooking A Chicken.
There’s nothing wrong with good ole country fried chicken served up with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and some green beans that have been cooked with a little onion and a lotta bacon grease (and bacon. or ham hocks) in a cast iron skillet. This is the way of my people. But, a girl’s gotta branch out.
Sometimes when I am thinking about chicken, I flash back to watching Forrest Gump and Bubba, scrubbing the floor with their toothbrushes, while Bubba waxes poetic about the various ways to prepare shrimp. “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… [pauses] That- that’s about it.”
I know DH gets tired of chicken the same ole way, and (up for a challenge?) he’s not really fond of a casserole. So I have prepared fried chicken, grilled chicken, sweet and sour chicken, chicken tacos, chicken fajitas, chicken nachos, white chicken chili, chicken taco soup, chicken enchiladas, lemon pepper chicken, teriyaki chicken, creole chicken, poppyseed chicken, chicken and dressing, stir-fried chicken, and chicken and dumplings. I even made a HOMEMADE chicken pot pie (once).
So our consumption of chicken is… copious, to say the least. This works great for me, because it’s total job security. Poultry is Kentucky’s number one agricultural product, and all of those chickens (whether they’re broilers or layers) eat a diet rich in SOYBEAN MEAL! (Happy, happy, soy soy!)
(I digress. If you have read my blog before, ever, you are not surprised by this.)
I was excited to find the chicken tenders on sale at the Piggly Wiggly, and I bought three big packages, then took them home and split them into smaller, single-meal packages for the freezer. Since there’s just my mister and me for supper most nights, 6-7 tenders is plenty for a meal. I am pretty excited to say that I got TEN meals worth of chicken out of that little adventure, at a total of…
wait for it…
I am a rockstar wife…
$2.09 per meal.
Yep. Two bucks for the main course of our supper. Thankyou, thankyouverymuch!
So, while I’m feeling all superior and frugal and housewifey… I’m just gonna go get a bacon cheeseburger now, while he’s not around. Sometimes a girl just needs a burger. #iheartbeef