When chicken goes on sale, we stock up. We pack our little freezer as tight as we can and we do our best to spread out the love. Down side: it's hard to keep things interesting when you're eating the same thing multiple nights in a row, not counting leftovers. The solution at the Rauch house? Cook a ton of chicken with salt and pepper and mix it up as you eat. Here are a few of our go-to's:
1. Chicken salad: Add lettuce of some sort to chicken (cut into chunks or strips). Mix & match toppings: bacon, tomatoes, crutons, cheese (parmesan, feta, and cheddar are our favorites), green peppers, onions, avocado, hard boiled or fried egg, corn, black beans, olives, etc. Easy enough.
2. Fajitas: Add onions, green peppers, and red peppers to chicken cut into strips. Cook veggies and warm chicken. Done.
3. Nachos: Tortilla chips, cheese, shredded chicken. Optional toppings and dippings: salsa, guacamole, sour cream , jalepenos, tomatoes, olives, black beans, onions. We always make sure to add the toppings BEFORE the cheese, so the cheese keeps the toppings on. But beware; some can make your chips soggy if you prep them too soon before baking. They're nothing short of an art form in our family.
4. Quesadillas: Tortillas, cheese, butter. Butter tortillas. Fill with shredded chicken and cheese and goodness (see nacho toppings), and toast on either side in a frying pan or George Foreman grill. Yum.
5. Fettuccine Alfredo: Fettuccine noodles, alfredo sauce (jarred if you're short on time, homemade if you don't mind the calories... I love Pioneer Woman's!). Cook pasta, heat chicken, cut into chunks. Combine everything. Mangia, mangia!
6. Buffalo chicken wrap: Tortilla/flatbread/pita pocket, shredded chicken, lettuce (iceberg is best), bleu cheese or ranch, bacon, tomato, and buffalo sauce. Wrap and eat.
7. Parmesean chicken casserole: Chicken cut into chunks, heated in a little egg and a lot of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Mix with cooked pasta and some sort of red pasta sauce.
8. Chicken stir fry: Frozen Asian blend vegetables. Fry veggies in oil, add soy sauce and stir fry sauce (we love General Tso), add chicken about halfway though. Bonus: Add cooked ramen noodles (oriental seasoning if you use it) as "lo men."