Friday, September 16, 2011
Chicken & Eggs
With a lot of food blogger participating in Food Outreach's Hunger Challenge (See my friends Stef and Kimberly's experiences for info), I thought I would revisit one of my favorite cheap recipes. I actually blogged this years ago... see the post here if you're into not-good photos.
It's barely even a recipe! This time I used chicken legs, but you can use thighs as well, and probably whatever your favorite pieces of chicken are.
Basically 8-9 chicken legs, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup rice vinegar. Mix everything up, put it in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours-ish.
Originally I put the hard-boiled eggs (peeled) in with the chicken to cook all day. This time I decided to try cooking them separate to avoid overcooking. When the chicken was done, I removed it and placed it on a foil-lined sheet pan.
While I prepared the quick-pickled cucumbers (cucumber, 2 teaspoons sugar, 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes) I simmered already hard-boiled & peeled eggs in the juice from the crock pot, about 15-20 minutes.
Right before serving, I stuck the chicken legs under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. This was still an easy dinner despite the extra steps I added. And pretty darn cheap... the chicken cost me $4 total... I didn't do the math on the rest of the ingredients... but this could feed a family of 4 easily for under $8.
And it's really really yummy and satisfying, to boot! The chicken comes right off the bone, but is not mushy. I simply took the bones out and chopped up the chicken to serve on rice with the eggs and cucumbers. Really good flavors from just a few staple ingredients. who knew?
Posted by ironstef