A cheap dinner

I haven’t done a recipe for a while, and although this is a bit of a cheat, it was really nice, filling and worked out at just over £2 for the pair of us.

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140g pack of cooked chicken breast         £1.00
1 carrot (cut into thin strips)                          .15
2 mushrooms (sliced)                                      .19
12 seedless grapes (halved)                             .15
1 chopped onion                                                .10
1 packet hoi sin and garlic sauce                    .39
1 garlic clove (chopped)                                   .05
small piece of fresh ginger (chopped)           .10
1 chicken stock cube                                          .05
100g cooked rice                                                .08

Nothing is on a posh label or a specific Brand, just things I buy normally on our budget.

I brought the rice to the boil, then turned off the heat to stand and absorb the liquid.
In another pan, I put all the hard ingredients plus a little water and cooked until soft.
I added the chicken, mushrooms, grapes and hoi sin sauce, brought it all up to heat, then let it simmer for about 4 minutes.

One of the cheaper supermarkets does a range of packet sauces including Black Bean, Oyster, Peking Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour, and Tomato and Ginger all for 39p, the chicken came from a pound shop, and the veg from our local grocer (where you can literally buy one thing at a time if you wanted to).
This is what Hubby thought.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to A cheap dinner

  1. Capt Jill says:

    Looks good to me! I went and stuffed myself at the Chinese buffet tonight. 🙂

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