Thursday, June 19, 2014

Meals in a Jar Summertime Recipes with Chef Tess






















Instant Chicken Salad was such a popular post for fast and easy sandwich filling, that I thought I would take it a step further and introduce all of you to this great way to make instant BBQ chicken bun stuffer and instant oriental chicken wrap or salad greens topper. These are great convenience meals for family picnics, camping trips, travel, and whenever you're on the go. They are perfect for scout camp and are really delicious!  

If you are new to this 52-method Meals in a Jar you'll probably need to read the posts on how to pack the jars with a food saver (if you don't want to use an oxygen absorber) as well as how to make the meals in mylar bags if you decide not to make them in the jars.  Those posts are here: 


For camping and backpacking I generally will use the method of packing in the mylar bags. Keep in mind that mylar is shelf-stable for a very long time but is not rodent-proof and can puncture, so take precautions when packing them in your bags. This is one I packed for my son for scout camp. (Best. Bartering meal. Ever!)














Now, on to the recipes! 

This isn't just BBQ chicken. It is Kansas City BBQ Chicken! If you know anything about BBQ then you know that the Kansas City version of BBQ are usually  tomato based with the addition of molasses or brown sugar. Using tomato powder give you the ability to control the thickness of the sauce without having to simmer it for hours.  If you like your BBQ chicken saucy, then this recipe is for you! 

 I used just a few simple ingredients for this stuffer. Once you've used Honeyville's freeze-dried chicken, you'll wonder why you have waited so long to try it! I have been so impressed with the lean, clean, awesomeness of this stuff for a long time. Mainly because it doesn't have any added junk to it. No soy, or msg or extra flavor. It is just chicken. Ahhh. It is a great way to make a shelf-stable meal without added chemicals.


















One thing I am pretty particular about is the seasoning. If you haven't tried the Honeyville  Chef Tess All purpose seasoning, it is one that I developed as a chef for restaurant and banquet use. It goes with everything and hands-down is one of the best seasoning blends on the planet. You won't be disappointed.  Today, for BBQ, this is a must. It has bold flavor that will really enhance the sauce and give it a remarkable well rounded taste. 


Kansas City BBQ Chicken Stuffer 
















Ingredients:
1/2 cup Honeyville Tomato Powder
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Honeyville Freeze Dried Onions
2 tsp Chef Tess All Purpose Seasoning
1/2 tsp Hickory Smoke Flavor powder or 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried White Chicken

Directions: 
Combine all ingredients in pint sized jar and top with an oxygen absorber. You may also use a mylar bag instead of the jar.  You can cut the recipe in half for smaller portions or double for larger families. Simple stuff. 


















Safety Note: For the love of Pete, please use an oxygen absorber. They are the magic ingredient that makes these meals safe for long-term storage. Bacteria and junk can't grow without oxygen and moisture so this is a biggie! By the way, oxygen absorbers are a one time use. They are a must! After you have filled all your jars or mylar bags with the recipe ingredients, place a 300cc oxygen absorber in each jar (or bag). Seal withing 20-60 minutes for the oxygen absorber to be viable. 

To prepare:
Combine chicken stuffer mix with 2 cups boiling water.  Allow  hydrate, about 10 minutes. Add more water to-taste of sauce thickness.













Fill your favorite buns with the mixture.
I make hamburger buns using the No Knead 4 Ingredient Overnight Bread Anyone Can Make and they're to-go for a low cost meal!

Lettuce wrap filling or salad green topper:

This recipe is versatile for either a salad wrap, topper or even a tortilla wrap. You'll love the heat! If of course you're not a spicy person, you can omit the pepper flakes all together. I serve my salad with a squeeze of hot chili sauce and some fresh shredded carrots on salad greens. It is a simple grab when I'm traveling or just want a light lunch. 


Oriental Spicy Chicken Salad 
















Ingredients:
2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Chicken
1/3 cup Soy Sauce Powder 
2 Tbsp Honeyville Lemonade Powder
1 Tbsp Dehydrated Garlic Slices (store purchased or make your own)
2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (more or less depending on how hot you like your meals)
1/3 cup Honeyville Dehydrated Onions
1 Tbsp Chef Tess Amazing Wok Star seasoning blend
1 Tbsp Ultra Gel 

Directions: 
Combine all ingredients in pint sized jar and top with an oxygen absorber. You may also use a mylar bag instead of the jar.  You can cut the recipe in half for smaller portions or double for larger families. 

















To prepare: 
Combine chicken stuffer mix with 2 cups boiling water.  Allow to hydrate, about 10 minutes. Add more water to-taste of sauce thickness. Serve on top of greens.

Or wrap in lettuce leaves for salad wraps.

There you go! Enjoy some wonderful new summer meals in a jar! Don't forget to check back with us here on the Honeyville blog tomorrow when we do a giveaway of my Meals in a Jar Handbook and Gourmet Food Storage Handbook! I'll be teaching classes in the Chandler AZ location every Thursday in June as well. I look forward to seeing you all again very soon! Xoxo!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it safe to re-pack the freeze dried chicken? The reason I have not purchased it is because I thought once it was opened you had to use it within 2 weeks. If I can repack it, that would be wonderful!

In The Kitchen With Honeyville said...

Great Question! Yes, after you use the amount of chicken for your Meals in a Jar recipe, you can re-package the remaining chicken, using an oxygen absorber, in a mason jar, and it will keep the same shelf life as it had sealed in the can.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Now I will be ordering the #10 cans. So glad I checked this out.