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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Struggle Meals - Sn 1/Ep 4Struggle Meals - Sn 1/Ep 4

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Don't let breaking down a whole chicken scare you. Sure, it's strange to look at, but every part of this bird can be used to make struggle meals for the week, starting with chicken lettuce cups and buttermilk fried chicken.

Recipe

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Oven Fried Chicken

Servings:

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Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, juiced = $.50

  • 1 cup milk = $.14

  • 2 drumsticks and 2 wings = $1.98

  • Salt = pennies

  • 1 cup flour = $.25

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil = $.10

  • 2 russet potatoes, cubed = $.49

Instructions

  1. To make buttermilk, add lemon juice to milk and stir. Let sit for 15 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, pour buttermilk over chicken. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes to 24 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  4. In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add vegetable oil. Take chicken out of fridge and remove from buttermilk. Sprinkle with salt, then dredge in flour. Carefully place chicken in hot oil and brown well on both sides. Add cubed potatoes to the pan and toss in oil. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 30 minutes. Allow cooling slightly before serving.

Chicken Breast Lettuce Cups

Servings:

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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts = $1.98

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided = $.50

  • Salt = pennies

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (from packets) = free

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar = $.22

  • 2 tablespoons sugar (from packets) = free

  • 1 scallion, sliced = $.17

  • 1 carrot, shredded = $.20

  • 1 packet mustard = free

  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce = $1.00

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Add chicken to a cast-iron pan, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

  2. In a large bowl, add soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, remaining olive oil, scallions and carrots. Toss to combine.

  3. Cut chicken into cubes, and add to the bowl along with the mustard packet. Stir to combine. Serve chicken mixture inside iceberg lettuce cups, topped with more soy sauce.

Perfect Crispy Skin

Servings:

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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken thighs = $1.98

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided = $.50

  • Salt = pennies

  • 4 carrots, with tops = $.99

  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed = $.22

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced = $.25

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped = $.06

  • 1 packet honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken to pan, skin side down, and sear until crispy and brown. Remove carrot tops and reserve. Flip chicken over, then add whole carrots to the pan. Top chicken and carrots with cubed butter. Transfer pan to the oven, and bake for 20 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl with a lid, combine lemon juice, garlic, salt, remaining olive oil and honey. Close tightly and shake until combined.

  4. Finely chop carrot tops and toss with the dressing.

  5. Plate chicken and greens, and drizzle leftover pan drippings over top before serving.

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Transcript

- So how do we save money on chicken? We break down the whole chicken. Life can be a struggle, but a good meal does not have to be. We can make creative, nutritious, and inventive dishes for under two dollars a plate. The chicken is like the most versatile thing that we can cook with. And if we buy the whole chicken, which seems intimidating, but I promise you it's not, we're gonna have food for the week, in multiple styles. So here's our chicken. You take the drumstick off, chicken thigh. There's a wing, here's another wing. You get the breast, with a little bit of bone. Cheaper thighs, cheaper breasts, cheaper drumsticks and wings. We start with our chicken thighs. If we go directly on to the chicken, We won't have any waste in the pan. Skin side down. Carrots. Check it out, see this? We can make a salad from that. Let's take our carrots. Two tablespoons of butter. Butter is delicious flavor at a fraction of the cost of the olive oil. Into the oven! Carrot top salad. I'm gonna use the stems too. Simple salad dressing. If you cut to the side of the lemon, you get seed free lemon juice. How about our minced garlic in there, a pinch of salt in there, olive oil. Go into our handy dandy drawer. Honey, a honey packet. Always nice to add a little bit of sweetness. The top goes on. Alright, look at this. Just because it's budget friendly, does not mean that it can't be super fancy. Uno, due. The very last step is the dressing of the salad. Come around the outside, don't just pour it on top. Use this leftover fat and baste it on top. Oh baby. And this is a winner winner chicken dinner with me, that's right. Mom's happy 'cause you've got your nutrients and your protein, and Dad's happy 'cause you're saving money. We're gonna bake this. Oven time. Our chicken is ready. Now, the packet drawer! Here's dual packets of soy sauce. And, gimme some sugar. This is a dressing, not only for the chicken, but also for these vegetables right here, which also need a little bit of love and affection. Everything needs love and affection. Vinegar, this is good. This will cut the saltiness of the soy. You know what, I would even argue with a little bit of olive oil in here and then we're good. Okay, hit our scallions in. Carrots in. Mix those around a little bit. Here's some cubes of chicken. So we're gonna add some delicious yellow mustard. This is a super healthy vessel for bringing chicken from plate to face. Okay, thumb. This chicken is seriously gonna feed us all week. Look at how much is left here. Just little more sauce of soy. This tastes like professional California dish, man. We're gonna make some buttermilk fried chicken. You know what's expensive? Buttermilk, unless you make it yourself. Yeah you can do it, all you need is lemons, and milk. 15 minutes, it curdles. Pour some of our buttermilk over top. This gets a cover of wrap plastic. Okay, this goes in the fridge, anywhere between half an hour and a day. Vegetable oil is cheaper than olive oil, and there's gonna be a lot of waste. So you would never want to use the good stuff for that. We need to take some all purpose flour, and grab our chicken. You can salt it, while it's wet. We can go into the flour, alright? And then that goes into the pan, away from you, so that if it splatters, it hits the wall. Now, potatoes. They fill you up. And these all finish in the oven now. Hiya! Look at this glorious meal. Honey mustard. It's $1.73 per serving. I really hope you understand the point of this, because you're not gonna save any money if you don't break down the chicken. You gotta break down the chicken, you gotta break down the chicken, you gotta break down the chicken!

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