Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Currying chicken (not favors)

Now that I live with MH, we take trips to Costco. I like buying their rotisserie chickens—for someone too lazy to roast their own they're a great deal, a mere five bucks for each hefty, flavorful, juicy bird. I have a whole process when I get one back to the apartment: I discard the skin; detach and set aside the thighs, drumsticks, and breast meat; strip any remaining meat off the bones; and then simmer the bones for stock. Out of one chicken I make several different meals, and practically no part is wasted.

The meat I strip off the bones I usually press into panini or throw the pieces on top of pasta or greens. Other times, I make a curried salad.

Curried Chicken and Apple Salad
by Soopling

Meat from one Costco-sized chicken, after breast, wings, drumsticks, and thighs have been removed, about 2.5 cups
Two medium-sized firm, tart apples, peeled and cubed, about 2 cups
1/2 cup chopped scallions
4-5 good dollops of mayonnaise/Miracle Whip/yolk-and-oil-emulsification of your choosing
1 tablespoon curry powder (more or less)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and you're ready to go! Good over mixed greens, or stuffed inside pita bread or rolls for a sandwich. You can also eat the salad straight from the bowl with a fork while standing over the kitchen counter, which is what I do when I'm too hungry to be civilized.

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