Another on of the freebies from work was this bottle of “Raspberry Chipotle Marinade”
Just chicken plus the marinade. I did marinade it overnight.
It came out pretty well.
It was actually a little too sweet.
The good news is that lunch is not ruined. It has a heavy vinegar taste, but will do for this week !
The week of leftover lunches were interesting, but it’s nice to get back to some spicy Chinese !!
Now, that looks like a lot of chicken but it isn’t really too much considering there is probably only a total of 6 thighs and it is for 4 lunches. I did accidentally take more out of the freezer then I wanted to, but decided to cook it all any way !!
There was a very good sale on “Black Friday” at my grocery store and one of the things that I bought was a “name brand” can of baby corn instead of the cheapest one that I can find. What a difference it made when I opened the can and emptied the contents into the strainer !!!. Each ear was the same length and same girth, not just a random bunch of stuff in the can ! It will most likely taste the same and I don’t mind using the stems and stalks in the lunches, but if I were preparing a meal for others, I might have to go with the name brand as presentation is almost as important ast the taste. And my lunch experience is mostly just about filling my pie hole until dinner.
Despite this looking like a lot of chicken, when I spooned out equal portions into my lunch containers, there wasn’t too much. My lunch is quite a bit less than what you would buy for take out and a Chinese restaurant. And I will be keeping the sauce and chicken separate as to keep as mush of the fried, crunchy goodness that I can !
I have ruined a bit of food by “experimenting” or altering a recipe. Today, I thought I would try adding a little rice wine vinegar into the sauce. And don’t you know that I dumped too much in !!!. I tried to compensate by adding another package of sauce. I did not sample the sauce yet, so on Monday at 11:15 am when my food comes out of the microwave at work, I will find out how it is !
Just finished my first bowl and it is the best !!!
This will be the way forward that I prepare The General !!!
Made another batch of “General Tso’s Chicken” for this week.
But I went about it in a slightly different way. When made by the directions, the chicken is well covered and flavored in the sauce, but there isn’t any sauce left for the rice and the good fried texture of the chicken is lost.
So, the first change was that I doubled the amount of sauce made (and tossed in a pinch more of red chili flakes) and second, after frying the chicken, I will keep the chicken and sauce separate until I reheat it at lunchtime.
Cost for the week of lunches:
Bamboo Shoots .89
Tso Sauce .85
Chicken thighs 2.00
Green Pepper 1.00
Pretty cheap, even for me !!!