We did something today we haven’t done for years………. bought a whole chicken.
What’s even more of a surprise, was that it was a ready cooked whole chicken and still hot.
The last (frozen) chicken I purchased for a Sunday roast was nearly all carcass, and instead of the three meals I was expecting to get (roast, sandwiches and curry usually for a family of four), I was lucky to get two for the pair of us.
Yesterday Hubby bought a bag of mango chutney flavoured potato chip snacks, which were OK, but would actually have tasted better with a curry or sweet and sour, so we sealed the bag ready for tonight.
Our local supermarket is in the middle of a revamp (must be catching) and things ain’t where they used to be! When we eventually track them down, the price has either gone up or you get less, but they usually do a good line in cooked chicken breast which is great for a meal for the three of us……… not that Maggie gets the fancy seasonings, her portion of the cooked meat goes in her bowl before I start to add anything else and she’ll have a couple of spoonfuls of plain rice added to that when it’s cooked.
Tonight when shopping for our ingredients, the packs of chicken breast I normally buy were nothing but flaky crumbs and scraps, and at £2 for 240g, a bit on the pricey side, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this whole chicken reduced from £4 to £2.47 and thought
‘That’ll do for me.’
Hubby stripped it and there is enough for some decent sandwiches tomorrow and I decided on curry tonight as I haven’t made one for a while.
Now curries are ‘chuck anything in’ as far as I’m concerned, and tonight was no exception.
I mix curry powder, turmeric and a stock cube in a cup of water for my ‘sauce’, plus a teaspoon of sugar, *total cost 12 – 15p.
As well as the chicken (I used just under half of it, so let’s say £1.20), these are the rest of the ingredients, and I must say, the taste explosion was exquisite!
1 thinly sliced carrot ( I know, I use these a lot) 11p
1 chopped onion 5p*
2 cloves garlic 2p*
fresh chopped ginger 2p*
2 chopped mushrooms 16p
large handful sultanas 10p**
When serving, sprinkle the top liberally with desiccated coconut, 10p**.
* estimated cost as either already in the boat* or part of a packet**.
Add the mango chutney crisps (potato chips) on the side, and you’re ready to tuck in.
All for about two pounds, excluding the crisps (and that’s for the two of us).