As you read in my earlier post, this week we’re trying to prep meals ahead we’ll be eating one this week and putting one in the freezer for after the baby arrives.
First on the menu this week is Witty in the City’s Man Pleasing Chicken. Please check out the original recipe if you’re interested. It’s basically chicken in a maple dijon rosemary sauce.
We changed the recipe just a bit. Instead of fresh rosemary, we used dried rosemary. We also added some onions, carrots, and green beans to the mix, making it a more complete meal. We did that mostly to ease in our freezer meal preparation. Instead of baking it for 45 minutes, we baked it for an hour.
The approximate cost of the meal broke down as follows:
chicken thighs (6) – $5.50
onions – $0.50
carrots – $0.35
mustard – $1.25
maple syrup – $1.00
rosemary, pepper – negligible
That’s a total of $8.60 for 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings (3 or 1.5 chicken thighs and veggies per serving), working out to either $4.30 a serving for 2 servings, or $2.15 a serving for 4 servings. That’s pretty good!
We served this with a mashed potato (not included in the cost breakdown).
For us, this worked out to 3 servings. We had two thighs and lots of veggies each, and we have the same portion saved for a lunch in the next couple of days.
We will ABSOLUTELY make this again. It was scrumptious. We’ll also keep the changes we made – the veggies were fantastic with the chicken. The only thing we’ll probably also do next time is make one and a half times the sauce. So for us, here’s how the recipe looked:
6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups frozen cut green beans
2 large carrots, chopped
3/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 Tbsp dried rosemary
Mix sauce ingredients together. Coat chicken and veggies with sauce. Bake (uncovered) at 450F for 1 hour.
Thank you, Witty in the City, for such a fantastic recipe! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.