Nowadays, families learn to be practical on all things. May it be basic needs or small luxuries such as travelling, they always prioritize money management at all times. Scrimping does not necessarily mean sacrificing satisfaction in order to save money. There are lots of ways to enjoy life in practical ways.
For budget conscious home cooks, they believe that cooking delicious meals should not blow the budget. Here are some chicken recipes that could delight families without damaging the budget.
Chicken and Asparagus Crepes
· 3 eggs
· ¼ teaspoon salt
· 1 ½ cups 2% milk
· 1 cup all-purpose flour
· 2 tablespoons butter, melted
· 1 ½ cups fresh asparagus, cut into 1inch pieces
· 3 cups rotisserie chicken, cubed
· 1 small onion, chopped
· 2 ½ cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
· 1 teaspoon canola oil
· ¼ cup butter, cubed
· 2/3 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
· ¼ cup all-purpose flour
· 6 slices Swiss cheese, halved
· ¼ teaspoons salt
· 1 ½ cups 2% milk
· 1/8 teaspoon pepper
1. Mix the butter, milk and eggs in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, add flour and salt. Combine them well.
3. Pour the flour and salt mixture to the egg mixture and stir them well. Put the bowl in the freezer and leave it for 1 hour at maximum.
4. Grease an 8 inch nonstick skillet and heat it over medium heat.
5. Get the refrigerated batter and pour it into the skillet.
6. To coat the pan evenly, you can lift and tilt as necessary. Continue cooking until dryness can be observed on top of the batter.
7. Wait for another 15-20 seconds before transferring to a wire rack. Repeat the steps with the remaining batter.
8. Let the crepes cool. In between them, wedge paper towels or waxed paper.
9. In a large pan, pour oil and saute the asparagus and onion until tender.
10. The mushrooms should be added and cooked for another 2 minutes.
11. Turn down the heat and put the chicken in the skillet. Stir well and set aside.
12. Make sauce using a small saucepan. Over medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour, pepper and salt. Stir them well until the contents become smooth.
13. Milk should be poured gradually.
14. Boil the sauce for 2 minutes without stopping to stir. Continue until the sauce thickened.
15. Prepare each crepe and pour the filling in the center. About ½ cup of filling is enough for one crepe.
16. On the top of the filling, put 2 tablespoons sauce and 1 piece of Swiss cheese.
17. Carefully set the crepes and roll them neatly.
18. Place them on a 11x7inch baking dish. Before baking, mozzarella cheese should be sprinkled on the top.
19. Heat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the crepes until they puff up. About 20-25 minutes should do it.
Apricot Pistachio Chicken Salad Sandwiches
· 1 ½ cup rotisserie chicken, shredded
· 2 slices sweet onion
· 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
· 2 slices tomato
· 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
· 2 Bibb lettuce leaves
· 2 tablespoons sour cream
· 4 slices sour dough bread
· 4 teaspoons pistachios, coarsely chopped
· 1 teaspoon horseradish, prepared
· Dash hot pepper sauce
· 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
· Dash white pepper sauce
· 1 teaspoon honey
· Dash salt
1. Combine the chicken, apricots, mayonnaise, sour cream, pistachios, horseradish, mustard, honey, salt, pepper sauce and white sauce in a small bowl. Stir them well to evenly blend the flavors.
2. Prepare the sour dough bread into pairs.
3. Spread the mixture in between two slices.
4. Add tomatoes, onion and lettuce on top of the sandwich filling.
Chicken Bagel Melts
· ½ cup mayonnaise
· ¼ cup chipotle mustard
· 4 asiago cheese bagels, split
· 4 slices cheddar cheese
· ½ pound rotisserie chicken, sliced
· ½ medium sweet red pepper, sliced
· 8 strips bacon, fully cooked and ready to serve
1. Prepare the bagel and spread the mayonnaise on the bottom.
2. Chicken, red pepper, bacon and cheese should be layered in between.
3. Once you finished putting the filling in bagels, line them neatly on an ungreased baking sheet.
4. For 2-3 minutes, broil 2-4 inches from the heat until the cheese melted.
5. Use a spoon to spread the mustard on the bagel tops. Prepare cheese and lay the bagel melts over them.
6. Serve immediately.
In times of economic crisis, the prices of chicken and other ingredients might increase over time. Remember to be creative and resourceful in cooking so you can still serve a delicious meal while saving.
Linda Rosario is a food enthusiast from“The Kitchen that Every Restaurant Needs”. Chefneeds