Family suppers or company dinners, look to versatile chicken

  • By Sue Ade
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:40pm
  • LifeFood

Because they are so versatile and nearly everyone enjoys eating them, I like to keep a stash of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer. When fresh chicken breasts are on sale, especially when there’s a buy one-get one free offer, I never pass them up. So long as they are properly wrapped, first by removing the chicken from the store’s packaging, then re-wrapping it in heavy-duty foil and plastic freezer bags, chicken parts may be frozen for up to one year without any loss of quality. And, if you have chicken breasts on hand, you’ll never be at loss for a meal, whether it’s supper for your family or dinner for guests – expected, or not. With just a few additional ingredients (here, capers are a must), you can put together a company-worthy meal, such as Chicken Piccata, in nothing flat. Chicken Piccata may look like a time-consuming, complicated dish, but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the side dishes will take more time to make prepare than the chicken itself. I served my chicken along with rice (cooked in chicken broth), but roasted small potatoes or some pasta would do nicely, as well. Sautéed fresh mushrooms, dotted with peas, also served as an accompaniment because that’s what I had on hand. A well–stocked freezer and pantry is a lifesaver for the busy cook. When you see a buy, especially on chicken grab it and sale or not, pick up those capers, too.


Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at

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