That fourth chicken thigh…
As I mentioned in my previous post regarding what to do with a package of four chicken thighs when you are cooking for one (and the cat) and don’t do leftovers, chicken soup was in the making with some leftovers (rice, garbanzo beans) as a start.
The broth from cooking those four chicken thighs was so intense that I was able to add a bit of water to it, so I have two servings of chicken soup. (Soup being a leftover that I tolerate better than other leftovers.) To keep the time invested to a minimum, I did use a convenience product: frozen soup mix vegetables . I do use those for winter use since it lets me have a lot of variety without purchasing all the individual vegetables; I can throw a handful or so into something for quick soup. As you can see there was okra, peas, corn , celery, potatoes, green beans, and onion.Not having any canned tomatoes open, I used some of the grape cherry tomatoes, halved and tossed into the mix.
I boned the chicken thigh and added it to the broth and veggies, popped the whole thing into the microwave for six minutes to cook the veggies. The broth from cooking the thighs had been seasoned only with a bit of salt to allow for maximum flexibility in what I could do with the meat, so it was a tad bland. I supplemented the previous seasoning with a dash of herbes de Provence, and some crushed red pepper flakes to add a bit of zing. Made and great bowl of soup
Given lots of veggies, the rice, and beans, and the very flavorful broth, the fourth chicken thigh provided reasonable portion f meat for the two servings of soup. When we consider that most of us eat much more meat than we need nutritionally, I was very pleased with the flavor of this quick meal. All I added was a green salad with cucumbers, radishes, grape tomatoes, black grapes, fresh herb leaves, with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. With the addition of a glass of red wine (from a box) it was a very satisfying meal. I have no idea of a calorie count–but I do think it was a healthy meal, particularly for evening when I know I’m going to be very sedentary.
Admittedly, there is a snack for later in the evening: some black grapes, grape tomatoes, and a few nuts, maybe pistachio, or Brazil nuts, or hazel nuts, or a mixture (only a tablespoon or two, though).
Lots of flexibility in terms of what you can do when you’re making a small quantity. I suspect that the remaining serving, which will be used in a day or two, will get some additional “perking” before it becomes a meal, but I know I’m starting with a good base of tasty broth and a bit of meat. In looking over what’s likely to be available , I suspect that I’ll add a bit of cabbage, and maybe some chile pepper to that last batch–but who knows.
Even though I bought the more expensive, free-range, organic chicken I think it was economical: essentially five meals from that one package of chicken. The extra flavor from the chicken paid off.
A son goût!