Oh! Chicken breasts are on sale again this week at Fry’s and Albertson’s, and Safeway is featuring their organic chicken breasts. But your family is tired of baked and broiled chicken breast—what to do? One of the good things about boneless skinless chicken breast is that in addition to being among the best low fat, low calorie protein sources, they can be cooked in a myriad of ways. For two suggestions, see below.
Keep in mind that they can be dry and tough if cooked at too high a temperature or for too long. Chicken breast should be cooked only to 165 F. And if you cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes after cooking it will gain a few degrees and be more juicy (the meat fibers will relax a little and reabsorb some of their juices.) If you are grilling, sautéing or baking, consider a simple coating of crumbs or flour to protect the meat from drying out.
Shopping Tips of the Week
Watch for unadvertised or “manager’s” specials. This week in various stores we found unadvertised specials on eggs for $1/dz., bags of cereal for $1 each and boxes of cinnamon graham crackers for $2/box. Sometimes if the store has an excess of items left over from the previous week’s specials, they will keep them at the same price until inventory is reduced. As of yesterday, the Fry's on Willow Creek Road still had Easter spiral sliced hams for $1.47 lb. - that's about half price.
If the item is about to reach its sell by date or be discontinued it may appear as a manager’s special. A couple of weeks ago there were some Lindt extra dark chocolate bars for $1/each—amazing. They sold out very quickly!
Check the coupons in the ads. We try to give you a heads up on the more commonly used items, but you may need something else that has a coupon. Albertsons has a monthly ad book, the Big Book of Savings, which contains coupons as well as sales good for the whole month (this month for example there is s coupon in their Big Book good for $5 off a 101oz. bottle of Fresh Aisle extra virgin olive oil.) Just remember if you don’t need or won’t use the item, it is still a waste of money no matter how low the price.
If you’re planning to buy a national brand item, check the online coupons. Next week, we'll be bringing you the scoop on coupons, where to get them, and sites that make your shopping much more efficient. Many times if you go to the company’s web site, there will be downloadable coupons.
Comparing Prices this Week
B/S Chicken Breasts
- Albertsons, $1.67/lb
- Fry’s, $1.88/lb
- Safeway, Eating Right, $2.99/lb
Best Prices on Staples
- Milk, Safeway, $1.57/gal.
- Bread, Safeway store brand, $.97/loaf, Albertsons Earthgrains wide pan, $1.99/loaf
- Eggs, Albertsons store brand, $1.99/18
- Bottled water, Fry’s store brand, $2.50/24 bottles
- $5 Friday, Deli Roasted chicken
- 5 Day Sale, Wed-Sun, Nabisco crackers $1.99, Safeway cooking oil $2.99/48oz
Best Bargains this Week at Safeway
Meat and Seafood
- Ground Beef, fresh, 93% lean, value pack, $2.99/lb
- Lamb, shoulder blade chops, bone in, $4.99/lb
- Beef back ribs, $1.99/lb
- Sugar Snap Peas, 6-8 oz bag, BOGO*
- Navel Oranges, $.99/lb
- Kiwi Fruit, $1/3
- Lay’s potato chips, $1.99/bag
- Pepsi, 12 pk, Buy 2 get 2 Free
- Lucerne chunk cheese, 6-8 oz. $2/each
Best Bargains this Week at Albertsons
Meat and Seafood
- Pork, sirloin chops, boneless, family pack, $1.99/lb
- Ground beef, 93% lean, $2.97/lb
- Jennie-O frozen turkey patties $7.99/3lb (equals $2.67/lb)
- B/S chicken breasts, $1.67 lb.
- Strawberries, 3 lb box, $2.99
- Tomatoes, hot house, $1.49/lb
- Red Peppers, $1/each
- Radishes, Green Onions, Cilantro 2/$1
- Yoplait yogurt, 10 for $5 (equals $.50/each)
- Hershey’s single candy bars 2 for $1
- Hershey’s drops or pieces, 8oz-10.5oz, $1.50
- Whoopie cakes, $1/pkg of 2
- Malt-o-Meal cereals, $1.88/box
- Tillamook cheese, block, shred or slice, 8oz. $2.99/each
- Selected soft drinks, 12 pack, 4 for $10
Best Bargains this Week at Fry’s
Meat and Seafood
- Pork lion, boneless, $1.97/lb
- London Boil beef (top round), $4.97/lb
- Atlantic Salmon fillets, $5.99/lb
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts $1.88 lb.
- Haas avocados, $.99/each
- Mini peeled carrots, $1/lb
- Apples, pink lady or jazz, $.99/lb
- Mangoes, red or Ataulfo, $.99/2
- Strawberries, 16 oz., 4/$5
- Red tomatoes on the vine $.88 lb.
- Chicken of the Sea tuna, canned, 5 oz. $1/each
- Kroger tomatoes, canned, $.69/each
- Pringles super stack, $1.25/each
- Keebler cookies, select varieties, $1.99
*BOGO Buy One Get One of equal or lesser value Free
Spiced Yogurt Chicken Breast
(also a great way to fix chicken tenders)
16 oz. plain yogurt (not Greek)
½ cup finely diced cucumber
1 cup finely diced, peeled, seeded tomato
(or 1 cup canned diced tomato, well drained)
1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed
1 teaspoon grated ginger (optional, but very good)
1 Tablespoon cilantro leaves, finely chopped, plus a few whole sprigs for garnish
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
finely minced green pepper to taste, use Serrano if you like heat, use jalapeno if you don’t, use red bell pepper if you want to keep it really mild. As always, to keep fresh peppers milder remove the seeds and ribs, to make it hotter, include those parts.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 10 to 12 chicken tenders
In a bowl which will hold all the chicken breasts, mix all the spices, vegetables and herbs with the yogurt, set aside.
In a 2-3 quart saucepan bring enough water to cover chicken breasts to a boil. Add chicken, immediately reduce heat to a bare simmer (do not let the water boil again or the chicken will be tough and dry.) Cook uncovered 5 minutes, then cover and turn off the heat. Let sit for 20 minutes. Check to make sure chicken is done. Chicken is done when no pink remains in the meat, and juices run clear.
If your chicken breasts are very large you may need to simmer them a minute or two longer. If cooking chicken tenders, simmer only 4 minutes. The cooking time can also be affected by the temperature of your kitchen. If it is very cold, heat the water just to simmering again after 10 minutes, then let is sit another 10 minutes. Your goal is to cook the breasts only until just done.
Place the cooked chicken breasts into the yogurt sauce, refrigerate for at least 2 hours. You can leave the chicken in the sauce for up to a day, just make sure it is completely cooked before you put it in, and that the sauce completely covers the meat.
Serve with rice and your choice of vegetables or salad. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
This method of cooking chicken breasts is the beginning of many tasty dishes. After cooking the breasts, let them cool:
- Chop the meat, mix with mayo, chopped hard boiled eggs, diced celery, sliced olives (black, green or a combo), salt and pepper to taste, and chopped toasted almonds for a salad. Make sandwiches or serve on a bed of lettuce.
- Pull the meat apart, mix with your choice of barbeque sauce, microwave briefly and serve on buns.
- Pull the meat apart, mix with enchilada sauce, make flat enchiladas. Warm corn tortillas, place one on a plate, layer chicken, grated cheese, pinto beans, another warm tortilla, more chicken, cheese, and a fried egg. Top with salsa
Cooking 'Round the Web
Here are three chicken videos for your viewing pleasure. If you try any of these recipes, let us know how it turns out in the comments below.
Grilled Brined Chicken Breasts
Honey-Brined Southern Fried Chicken Breasts (lower fat)
Speaking of brined chicken - here's another take at that concept.
Chicken Breasts with Herbs & Mushrooms