This chicken strips recipe is super easy. I make 10 different types of meals using it. It is my favourite way to make dinner in under 30 minutes.
If you are a busy mum or if you are like me, who hates spending long hours in the kitchen, you will love this way to cook. These chicken strips have saved me on those days when I was struggling to put dinner on the table; I have been saved on school days when I had woken up unprepared to pack lunch and on weekends when we didn’t want to cook.
I am sure you know that a little planning goes a long way. I have found that because I prepare ahead and think through what I can cook and cannot, it saves me from eating out or getting takeaways. Also, believe it or not, it means less clutter in the kitchen and less food items being wasted.
Some people call it batch cooking, some call it freezer meals, I just call it my Kitchen Cheats. There are a number of ways you can save time in the kitchen. In the past 12 years of married life, I have learn’t a few tricks that save me time and energy.
This chicken strips recipe that I am sharing today is one trick that has helped me every time I am in a hurry. It requires little or no preparation and you can adapt it into many meals.
I take about 2kgs of boneless chicken every month, for our family of five, to make these chicken strips. It takes me about 30 minutes to make them all plus whatever I am making for dinner that day. I use some of the chicken in that day’s meal while the rest of it goes straight to the freezer in zipper bags.
Super Easy Chicken Strips Recipe
Since I am Asian, this chicken recipe contains ingredients that are quite easily found in our Indian cooking. If you don’t have any of these in your pantry, then try the ethnic food section of any grocery store. Most Indian stores have these spices. Here is how to make the chicken strips.
- Boneless chicken – 250gms
- Garlic paste- 1 teaspoon
- Ginger paste- 1 teaspoon
- Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon (or less if you like it less spicy)
- Turmeric powder- half teaspoon
- Garam Masala- 1 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
How to proceed:
Mix all the ingredients together except oil. Heat the olive oil on medium heat, add the chicken and saute till it starts browning. Turn off the heat. Use as is or freeze in zipper bags. You can keep this in a zipper bag for over two months but I prefer to use up within 4 weeks.
10 Dinners using Chicken Strips
These strips can be used in a variety of ways. Here is how I use them:
1. Fried Rice and other vegetable rice dishes:
I have used these with left over rice too but you can prepare rice ahead of time. I use a Rice cooker to make my rice. Usually, in the morning, after breakfast, I set up my rice cooker. I store veggies (pre-cut and pre-cooked) in the freezer or use the frozen ones to quickly saute in oil. Just throw in the chicken with the seasoning after the veggies are done. Add the worked-through rice, mix well and add some low sodium soya sauce; then a beaten egg and let it cook in low heat till the eggs are done. Run a fork throw to separate the rice kernels and ta-da! Your main course for dinner is ready.
2. Pizza topping:
I use these frozen chicken strips on top of our super quick pizza dough. Just add the vegetables and cheese and you’re done. It is like pizza in 30 minutes!
3. Kashmiri Dal with chicken:
Just boil Tuwar dal (split Pigeon peas) till tender in a pressure cooker. It takes about 10-15 minutes. Heat the oil, add mustard seeds, Limro leaves and let the seeds splutter. Add the cooked dal, a teaspoon (or less) of chilli powder, half a teaspoon of turmeric, , half a teaspoon of black pepper powder, salt to taste and the chicken strips. Add a cup of water. Let the dal come to a boil. Reduce heat and add a tablespoon of lemon juice. You can also add some Chat Masala (you find this easily in Asian shops).
4. Fillings in bread based dishes.
These chicken strips are perfect to be used in puff pastries and samosas. My children love it mixed with some mozarella cheese.
5. Wraps and Burrito:
We often use these chicken strips with fresh lettuce, sweet peppers and white onions, mayo and ketchup to make our burritos for school lunches. It is easy to make and pack.
Like wise, use it in a sandwich with vegies or cheese. I like to press it in our Sandwich maker to make pizza sandwiches.
7. Pasta and Macaroni:
I love to toss this into our macaroni too. It goes very well with left over macaroni to make a cold salad too.
8. Chinese Noodles:
You can use either instant noodles or the proper ones and make fantastic takeaway kind of dinner at home. Same recipe as Fried Rice above.
9. As a side dish:
Ofcourse, on its own it is perfect too.
10. Fried Chicken and Chips:
You can fry these further till golden and serve with chips.
These are just some of the ideas using our Chicken strips recipe. I hope you will try them.
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