To make my life easier, I like to do as much cooking ahead as possible. I’ve mentioned roasting chicken before, but I thought I would show exactly how I do it. I learned this method from Short Stop Blog a while ago, and it has definitely given me so many options for throwing a meal together at the last minute. I’ve made fried rice, Thai curries, tacos and nachos, pot pies, soups and casseroles with this chicken straight out of the freezer.
I buy a large package of fresh chicken breasts from Walmart for about $10 ($1.99/lb everyday price). Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Trim any fat off the chicken and place it in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for an hour.
Take two forks and shred it up, or you can dice into cubes or slices if you prefer. Sometimes I do both and freeze separately for different applications. Bag it up in freezer bags and store for a quick prep for a meal.
I also use the juices that come off to flavor dishes. I made chicken pot pie tonight and stirred in the juices to make the sauce. It has so much flavor!
This bowl will probably turn into chicken salad tomorrow for sandwiches. Or maybe some chicken quesadillas after stirring in taco sauce or buffalo sauce. Decisions…decisions!
Hope this makes your life a little easier and tastier!