I recently decided to take a break from working full time and spend more time doing things I love, hopefully turning them into something that can sustain my adventurous lifestyle. I decided to focus more on health and fitness, i.e. updating this blog more often. Last night I opened my freezer to find the BF had purchased and frozen an entire chicken, headless of course. The thought of defrosting and de-boning the rock hard bird was irritating to say the least. After texting him to ask what he planned on doing with this chicken, I received the following:
Me: You have whole chicken in the freezer, what were you planning to do with it?
Him: Stop digging through my stuff!
Him: I was going to roast it
Him: Actually I had no idea. I just bought it because it was on sale
Oh really… REALLY??!!
If I didn’t deal with the chicken, I was either going to not have meat for dinner or risk waiting for him to get off work, go grocery shop and eat at a very late time. Neither of which would make me very happy. So I decided to deal with the chicken as is. Thank the lord almighty for my pressure cooker…
Since I was NOT going to deal with defrosting and I don’t even know where to begin removing meat from bones, it was a very fortunate thing the bird fit into the pot of my pressure cooker. Behold! My chicken in a pot….
As I took this picture and patted myself on the back, I happily imagined the look of amazement his face when he sees this. HA, I’m only kidding myself because I get this instead…
Him: I need to show you my methods
What a frustrating man…
Anyway, as for water, I made sure it just barely covers the top of the chicken. I also threw in there a small handful of spices: whole black peppercorns, red peppers (ripped up to expose the seeds), star anise, Chinese peppers (花椒), and ginger powder since I didn’t have any fresh ginger around.
I set the setting to Poultry for 120 minutes and just walked away. 2 hours later, TADA!
I amaze myself ALL THE TIME! Careful to not burn myself, I began to separate the meat from the bones and separating the soup. The whole thing took minimal time since the meat was practically falling off the bones. The breast could have used more cooking time, but the red meat from the thigh and legs was very easy to remove and very tender. See the aftermath of the big carnage…
I can now use the chicken any way I like and it tastes so much better than the canned chicken. For dinner, I just tossed some chicken in with steamed broccoli, seasoned it, and cooked some white rice with the chicken stock in the pressure cooker for 10 minutes.
As the food was being consumed by the unappreciative BF of mine, he had the audacity to say question my cooking.
Him: So what are you going to do with the soup? Don’t they go bad in a week unless you freeze it?
I’ll tell you what you can do with the stock!!!! You can use the fat floating on top as “chicken butter”. You can use the stock to make SOUP, noodles, rice, mussels, pasta sauce, and stir-fry dishes to give it more flavor. Guess what he says to me next…
Him: I only like white and bland rice, this rice cooked with chicken stock has too much flavor.
Who the hell doesn’t like flavors…………………
Sometimes there’s just no pleasing people. SHM. I mean, I haven’t even mentioned all the nutritional value as well as the convenience of having ready-to-consume meat and soup. For breakfast this morning, I just heated up some soup, didn’t add anything to it, and ate it with my leftover rice, chicken and broccoli. Very Chinese of me, I know. I was as happy as can be. Another thing, the BF also tells me he doesn’t eat breakfast. I wonder if it’s a matter of time or inconvenience. He spends an hour driving to work, he definitely has time for food. I just need to make something healthy, nutritious and easy to eat while driving… cooking for another day…
I listed some nutritional benefits because I was curious…
Black pepper is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin K, a very good source of copper and dietary fiber, and a good source of iron, chromium, and calcium.
Star anise is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Iron and Manganese.
Chili peppers is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.
Bone stock is a good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, gelatin, collagen, glycine
So what do all these vitamins and minerals do for you and what does it mean?
- Healthier looking skin and hair
- Tougher bones
- Boost weight-loss
- Speeds up muscle regeneration
- Better nutrient absorption
And the list goes on…
I guess I was hoping for a little appreciation, but maybe my readers will be more impressed. Thanks for reading and come back soon!