Friday, March 9, 2012

easy & fast garlic chicken lunch

Okay, so the ingredients are...
<<< Salmida's state fair lemon garlicious sauce
fresh spinach
boneless, skinless chicken (marinated, grilled, then torn into pieces)
olive oil
italian blend shredded cheese

(onions would be a great addition, sliced very thin and caramelized a bit - but that'd add time to what's meant to be a 5-minute meal! )

> Marinate the chicken over night or for a whole day. Then grill or bake, putting aside the leftover sauce from your night of marination, not what's left in the bottle. Once chicken is done and cooled, using your fingers, break it into bite-size pieces. Put aside.

> Using the leftover sauce from marinating, put it into a small pot and bring to a boil to make sure there are no yucky chicken germs having a party in there... add some cream and some butter... stir and continue to boil for 5 minutes. If it's not thick enough already ( you're going for a gravy type consistency but an easily pourable gravy...) then add 1/2 tsp of starch or arrowroot powder at a time, whisking in until you've reached your desired consistency. Give it one to two minutes each time before adding more...

> Those two items can now be packed for the fridge and saved for quick lunches... but of course you're hungry now so let's get started! We'll pretend it's the next day and you're starting with cold ingredients from your fridge...
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>Take a small handful of chicken pieces and heat up in a small skillet with a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. (don't stir, we're going for a super simple lunch - one with few dishes to wash afterwards... so we want a clean fork yet.)
> Once chicken is sizzling a bit, add one good heaping forkful of the sauce. Stir.
> Now take 2 to 3 heaping handfuls of (rinse and patted dry) spinach and simply tear in into smaller pieces and toss into the skillet along with the stems. Stir carefully, trying to cover the spinach with the sauce.
> Once spinach is sufficiently wilted remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle with a little italian blend cheese and let cool for 1-2 minutes.

> EAT! Right in the pan - so now you've made yourself a yummy lunch within 5 minutes and you only have two things to clean - a pan, and a fork... ^__^


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