Way before the internet age, my mum already have good ideas to clear any leftover roasted duck or chicken. If it's during the Chinese New Year period, any left over roast meat, duck, chicken will be combined and stir fried with Chinese leeks. A simple, yet wonderful dish to go with rice. Bones can be used for cooking porridge or stews. Nothing is wasted.
I had some leftover roasted chicken breast meat from my Peri Peri Chicken, and leftover chicken wings from a gathering. I do not like to reheat leftovers for another meal, but will usually re-cook them to make into another dish(es).
Leftover chicken breast is the most versatile. Make them into sandwiches, add to porridge or pasta, or even to stir-fry. I shredded the chicken breast for my one-dish meal, creamy pasta salad:
Creamy Pasta Salad (serves 3):
1 cup of uncooked pasta (I used spiral) - cooked in water and drained (see note 1)
Your choice of vegetables - I used bell peppers, cucumber, apple, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, fennel, spring onions and parsley
Optional: shredded chicken meat, hard-boiled eggs, bacon bits
Salad dressings - Mix together:
4 heaped tbsp light sour cream
2 to 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
Dash of ground paprika
Salt/pepper to taste
Toss the dressings with the pasta and vegetables (except lettuce if using) till well combined. Keep chill in fridge, at least 2 to 3 hours, for the flavours to combine.
1) Do not overcook the pasta, as it will absorb moisture from the sauce and will soften further.
2) At the point of tossing the ingredients together with the sauce, taste the salad. If it tastes just right, add a little more salt and a little more lemon juice. After a few hours of sitting in the fridge, the flavours will be absorbed into the pasta and vegetables, making it just nice and delicious.
Method is similar to making paella, but I cooked the rice separately in stock till about 3/4 cooked before adding it to the pan with other ingredients. This way, the rice will not be burnt at the bottom of the pan.
This is a great dish to make when you need to clear your fridge. Over here, I used zucchini, carrots, fennel, onions, tomatoes and black olives to prepare this stew. At the end of cooking, add some cream to thicken the sauce.
Chicken Stew served with rice