Now until 5 seconds ago I did not actually know the difference between poaching / simmering / boiling. Apparently it has to do with the temperature. As I did not know the temperature, this may in fact be just boiled chicken but I'm not a chef so I'm not really stressed.
I cook about 3kg of chicken in one go and then shred it and divide it into bags. You can do so much with it - sandwiches, add it to soups or stir-fry or whatever you would like really. This is so easy you don't really have any excuses. Chicken is about $10-$12 a kilo and the little bags are maybe $2 a box. Each sandwich I make James uses about 50gm-60gm of chicken so I make the bags in 250gm lots so I can prepare for 2 days and have it ready in the fridge. I cook about 4 chicken breasts in a pot and it takes roughly 25-30mins per lot so you can prepare a lot of meat in advance. The bigger your pot the faster your prep.
Simply pull out the frozen meat 2 nights in advance and it is ready to be used.
James and I spend about $200 a week on food - I have 6 meals a day and James 5-6, realistically that's $2.40 to $2.60 a meal. For healthy, tasty meals I think that is pretty good!
- 1 pot of boiling water
- As much chicken as you would like (I do 3kg batches) trimmed of all fat (leave as whole breasts / thighs)
- Once the water in boiling, simmering whatever - it will be hot and bubbly simply place your meat in the water
- For four single breasts I would allow 25-30 mins
- You can check the meat - simply pull it out with tongs and cut through the thickest part - if it still has pink in the middle put it back in the pot for a while - check as often as you need to be sure, I generally only need to check once but you will get a feel for it over time.
- Once you know the chicken is cooked let it cool and shred it.
- Leave overnight in the fridge, and then divide up the next day!
|Shredded Chicken & Chicken Straight out of the Pan|