Gourmet chicken on the cheap in St. Pete

chicken2Recently Ron Lawrence of Sav Fresh Foods contacted me to review the company’s product. According to Ron and the Sav Fresh website, the company takes a unique approach to providing high-quality foods at a discount. Sav Fresh picks up products sold by farms and delivers them to consumers at events held in their local areas.

Sav Fresh will be hosting events for ground beef, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chicken, and chuck roast in the St. Petersburg area on April 25. Consumers pre-purchase the foods on the website and go to pick up the items at the event locations. For example, the St. Pete location on April 25 will be at First United Methodist Church, 212 3rd St. N, and other pickup locations exist in North county and elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area.

Ron offered me a 10-pound pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts to sample. The breasts sell for $1.99 a pound, cheaper than Walmart, for example, and are all meat without the broth so many suppliers inject to increase the weight of their products. They will be available at the April 25 event in 40-pound cases, each containing four packs of 10 pounds, which makes it feasible for co-op sharing.

I snipped my 10-pound pack butterfly breasts in two, yielding 13 breasts total (I had six and a half butterflies to start), and I wrapped and froze most of them.

Then I consulted with cookbook author Yvona Fast to find a frugal recipe for the boneless, skinless breasts. Yvona recommended Oriental Chicken Stir-Fry, which includes cooked radishes, a recipe from her book Garden Gourmet: Fresh & Fabulous Meals from your Garden, CSA or Farmers’ Market.

I love radishes because they come from the cabbage family and contain sulforaphane and indole-3, which are said to have anti-cancer properties. I had never tried cooking radishes, however.

I made the recipe a little differently from the instructions as I wasn’t able to find radishes with lots of greens that day. I cut the chicken into chunks to cook it faster. Finally, I threw in a few sliced mushrooms I had on hand from a sale at Aldi and served the stir-fry mixed with fettuccine noodles instead of over grain.

It was stupendous, the chicken, radishes, and scallions in the soy-based sauce. My little radishes without much greenery turned out fabulous with the texture of tiny, tender cooked turnips. The mushrooms meshed in well with the other flavors. Great chicken, great recipe – I look forward to making it again soon.

 

Oriental Chicken Stir-Fry
Serves 4
Stir-fried chicken with radishes and scallions
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  2. 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast (about one double breast)
  3. 10 scallions, white and green parts
  4. 10 large radishes, including about 3 cups fresh, torn radish greens
  5. 1/3 cup chicken broth or water
  6. 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon corn starch
  8. rice, millet or other grain
Instructions
  1. Coat skillet with the oil; add the chicken and cook about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove and reserve.
  2. Cut root ends off the scallions, rinse, and cut into 1" lengths. Snip off root ends and stems from radishes, and quarter or slice. Wash the radish greens thoroughly, discard any discolored pieces, and cut off large stem ends.
  3. Add the scallions and radishes in the skillet the chicken cooked in, and cook about 5 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and the radish greens, and toss quickly until wilted. Combine broth, cornstarch, and soy sauce, stir into skillet, and cook on low heat about five minutes, until sauce is clear. Serve warm over rice or other cooked grain, passing additional soy sauce
Notes
  1. Don’t know rutabaga from rhubarb? Want to move beyond corn and carrots? Are you aiming to add more vegetables and fruit to your diet? Are you longing for help in using up goodies you purchased at the Farmers’ Market or received in your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share? With almost 300 easy, the award-winning cookbook, Garden Gourmet: Fresh & Fabulous Meals from your Garden, CSA or Farmers' Market can help you use fresh, seasonal products to prepare wholesome family meals and achieve a healthy lifestyle. You can find more information at Yvona Fast's website, www.wordsaremyworld.com or just click on the link below.
Adapted from Garden Gourmet: Fresh & Fabulous Meals from your Garden, CSA or Farmers' Market
Frugal and Fancy-Free in St. Petersburg http://frugalandfancyfree.com/

 

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