Refrigerator Clearing Dinners: Roasted Chicken

10 Mar
Roasted chicken

Roasted chicken

As a full-time college student, track runner and part-time blogger, I don’t always have time to go to the supermarket. Some weeks, it’s just not in the cards, but that doesn’t mean I resort to eating frozen dinners. Even when there seems like there’s nothing in the pantry, there’s always something to make.

This week, I lucked out because my non-cooking roommate’s mom gave us a whole roasted chicken. Obviously, my non-cooking roommate does not cook, so it was up to me to figure out how to make two great dinners with one roasted chicken and a half-full refrigerator and pantry.

It was basically like Iron Chef, except I had no idea what I was doing.

After taking inventory of my food supplies, I came up with two easy, no-cook dinners. They both highlight roasted chicken and are stuffed with every ingredient that wasn’t nailed to my refrigerator.

Whatever You’ve Got Chicken Caesar Salad

Traditional Caesar salad consists of romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. It’s simple and always a favorite. I love the standard mix, but to make it a satisfying dinner, I bumped it up by adding chicken, spinach, cabbage, blueberries and almonds. This is a hearty salad, so it only benefits by adding whatever you have in the fridge. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Caesar Salad with chicken, spinach, blueberries, croutons and almonds

Caesar Salad with chicken, spinach, blueberries, croutons and almonds

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 1 Pre-cooked chicken breast (Cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/4 Bag pre-washed spinach
  • 1/4 Bag cabbage slaw mix
  • 1/4 Cup blueberries
  • 1 Cup Italian style-croutons
  • 1/8 Cup almond slivers
  • Light Caesar dressing (My favorite is Bolthouse Farms Caesar Parmigiano)

Step 1: Mix together spinach, cabbage, blueberries, croutons, and almonds.

Step 2: Top with chicken. Drizzle with dressing to taste.

Step 3: Enjoy!

Salads are a great option when trying to clear out your refrigerator. They allow you to get rid of any of your perishable items, while also lightening up your pantry. The best part about salad for dinner is that it’s a no-cook meal. That means it’ll go from your fridge to your belly in under 10 minutes!

The Everything But Chicken Burrito

Burritos are basically the garbage can of the cooking world. You can throw anything into them and as long as you top them with cheese and salsa, they’re bound to taste great. I stuck with a more traditional burrito, but feel free to get creative. Anything goes when it’s a fridge cleaning week.

Chicken burrito with rice, chicken, cheese, salsa, guacamole

Chicken burrito with rice, chicken, cheese, salsa, guacamole

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 2 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 pre-cooked chicken breast (sliced)
  • 2 cups white or brown rice (left over is perfect)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cabbage slaw
  • 4 tablespoons guacamole
  • 4 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream (non-fat Greek yogurt works also)
  • crumbled tortilla chips

Step 1: Layer rice, chicken and cheese and a microwaveable plate. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute.

Step 2: Place rice, chicken and melted cheese on the tortilla. Top with cabbage, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Step 3: Roll burrito and enjoy!

Simple, quick and delicious! Also, if you don’t want the tortilla, try making a burrito bowl with the rice and cabbage as a base. I made this variation for my roommate and she loved it.

The next time you think you have nothing in your fridge, think again. There’s always a dinner lurking behind the skim milk and expired eggs. What are some of your fridge clearing meals? Let me know, I’m always looking for new dinners!

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