When I’m pressed for time my “Convenience” Meal for Mr 2 is to Roast a pack or two of Chicken Drumsticks (Legs) because I know it’s a nutritious meal he will gobble down and there will also be enough leftovers for a couple of days worth of meals. (plus a number of portions I can freeze for him for future “convenience” meals.)
I use Chicken Drumsticks only because I find they don’t dry out following being roasted and then reheated, there is the perfect amount of chicken on a couple of drumsticks for a meal for Mr 2 and best of all – a pack of organic chicken drumsticks doesn’t break the bank! (In other words – it’s a thrifty and convenient way to enjoy organic chicken!)
I simply preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and fill a roasting dish with the chicken drumsticks, potatoes and carrots. Then it’s a matter of roasting for half an hour, removing from the oven, turning the pieces of chicken over so they cook and brown evenly and returning to the oven for a further half an hour or until cooked through.
As I mentioned, I roast the Chicken Drumsticks in bulk and when cooked and cooled I freeze them in portions of two to three cooked drumsticks (depending on their size) leaving out a portion for the day of cooking and the following day’s meal.
I find this to be a quick and easy meal for Mr 2 that is deeply nutritious. Unfortunately Mr 4 isn’t interested in Roast Chicken in any form, so I usually make him Honey Chicken Nuggets, which is another great dish to make in bulk and freeze in portions for “convenience” meals.
While Mr 2 would gladly eat the Chicken piled high in a bowl, when I’m in a creative mood I will present it in a Muffin Tin Meal for his enjoyment. Here I served it with some of the roast carrots and potatoes and fresh red pepper chunks.
As an aside – I don’t like any food going to waste, so I usually save all the bones, storing them (labeled) in the freezer. When I’ve collected enough, they are thrown into a giant pot, along with other saved chicken bones from roasting whole chickens, to make a hearty quantity of homemade chicken stock.
So now you know my Roast Chicken “Convenience” Meal which I turn to when rushed. I’d love to hear about your “Convenience” Meal solutions – what is your go to meal when you’re pressed for time?
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