Winner, winner Chicken Dinner!

This is the ultimate budget busting blog. I am hoping to do more like this for people such as students. You can get a chicken for as little as £3 in some supermarkets and can be used for multiple dinners as long as you have storecupboard staples.

1st meal: Preheat the oven to 200oC. Take the whole chicken, rinse it under cool water, place on a tray sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper, bake it for 20 minutes then cover with foil and turn the oven down to 150oC for 1 and a half hours. Remove from the oven and cover with more foil and a tea towel and let rest for 30 minutes. (this would be the time to cook your veggies, if you can use seasonal veggies as they are cheaper as there are an abundance of them link here for a chart or just go to a local market ) I buy a sack of 7.5kg potatoes from lidl for £2.59 which works out at about 6p per ADULT portion. Carrots on average anywhere are about 4p per portion. (take the chicken breasts off of the chicken and slice up. (1 chicken breast is enough between two people!!)

2nd meal:When the chicken is cooled, pick off all of the meat from the rest of the chicken (including the legs) and put the chicken bones in the slow cooker overnight with a pinch of salt, pepper, half a tsp rosemary and 1 tsp of thyme and oregano and one bay leaf and enough water to cover the bones. Remove all the bones and  500ml of stock leaving the rest in the slow cooker. Add carrots, onions, half the leftover chicken, 2-3 handfuls of pearl barley, potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft, add some frozen peas and leave for 15-20 minutes and serve (chicken casserole).

3rd meal: chicken and bacon carbonara- cook 400g spaghetti or pasta, while the pasta is cooking, finely chop some bacon without fat and fry in a pan till crispy before adding mushrooms, the chicken and leaving to cook until the mushrooms start to gain some colour. in a mug whisk together 4 tbsp parmesan (4 syns) with 2 eggs and 200ml of skimmed milk (4 syns) with salt and pepper and whisk together. Add in a mugful of frozen peas to the pasta 2 minutes before draining, add the cooked pasta into the chicken and bacon and stir through the sauce on a low heat until the sauce clings to the pasta.

4th meal: Risotto – If you have any chicken left use it but this is where we are using the stock. In a large pot add 2 tsp of butter (4 syns optional but adds a lovely flavour) finely chop an onion, carrot, celery, courgette (really doesn’t matter what veg you use, If you have any meat that needs using add it in too!) Soften the onion in the butter until translucent then add a grated clove of garlic a pinch of salt and pepper before add whichever other veggies and meat you are using. When those veggies start to soften add 350g rice (yes i know it should be risotto rice but we can’t all afford risotto rice sometimes!) Stir the rice through the vegetables and stir fry for 5 minutes then add in all the stock and stir. Cook for 15 minutes stirring every so often (add a little more water if you need to), turn off the heat and stir through 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (2 syns) I quite like serving my risotto with a pile of rocket on top ad you can get it very cheaply in stores such as aldi and lidl!

I hope you guys can find this useful in some way as it really helps your money to spread.

Love Emily x



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