Stewed chicken from Chicken broth: favorite uses?
- Tom P Nov 19, 2011 05:25 PM
I don't often use the chicken meat from making chicken broth. I've just made a vat of broth for Thanksgiving (2 vats, actually: veggie and chicken) and shredded the meat... how do you like to use it?
I personally think it has little flavor and my cats agree. But the two feral cats around the corner, they love it. (If I want decent meat from the stock pot, I put in the whole chicken and then remove the breasts when they're done--perfectly poached. And then leave in the rest to give all its goodness to the stock.)
Chicken from broth is perfect for an enchilada-bake.
Mix with queso blanco or monterrey jack/enchilado sauce, roll in corn tortillas (you need to soften them first) , cover with sauce and more cheese: you have a great dinner. You can also add sauteed mushrooms or sausage to the mix for extra flavor.
Same thing I do with left over rotisserie chicken. Put on top of rice. Shred cheese over that. If I feel like it, add chopped olives or anything similar that happens to be in my fridge.
Nothing fancy. I usually just nuke that mix in the microwave. It seems like a waste to not eat it.
Chicken fried rice with a generous amount of soy sauce, whatever vegetables are convenient, and perhaps some chinese sausage is another option.
Are you using whole chickens? I often cut up whole chickens and save the backs/carcasses (anything that was not a breast, wing, thigh or drumstick) and freeze them specifically for making soup and stock. Two of these remains are about the same as a whole chicken in terms of imparting flavor, and they each have a lot of flavor and a surprising amount of while meat from the back, plus the oysters. This is enough chicken to shred into a minestrone or other similar soup. The best part? I don't waste the best pieces -- I roast those in a separate meal.