Originally Posted by firefaery
Help me out here! Any good whole foods EASY ideas for what I can do with these tonight? I am not used to cooking a ton and am a beginner
I am another fan of chicken thighs. because they have such a higher fat content, you can really cook them in way that gives more intense flavor. The slow cooking ideas are great too, but this is what I did when I was PCing: I'd poach them and make my stock at the same time.
In a dutch oven, heat butter or evo then sweat onions, carrots, celery, garlic, whatever other tossaway veggies you have
add the chicken thighs and allow them to brown slightly on each side (maybe only two or three minutes per side)
with water and seasonings to taste (this part is important depending on the recipe goal **
) and bring to a boil.
once you have a boil, reduce to a simmer and leave it alone for at least twenty or thirty minutes.
remove from heat and using a slotted spoon, remove your chicken to another plate. pour the rest of the liquid though a mesh strainer into a pitcher or two. That's some bom dot com chicken stock, and now you have tender, flavor-infused, non-greasy chicken for shredding.
I use chicken done this way shredded in enchiladas or burritos, cubed in curries and pot pies, stuff like that where you need "chicken, cooked and cut."
**Since I do a lot of bulk cooking, I can justify spicing the heck out my stocks sometimes. If I know I am making white chicken enchiladas and 7 layer tortilla pie, I will use a lot of cumin, chile powder and extra garlic in the stock while it simmers