Friday, July 18, 2014

2 NEW Chef Tess Meals in a Jar: Instant Chicken Stuffers and Toppers

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  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. The Honeyville store in Chandler, AZ was nice enough to give me some chicken to play with to develop these recipes. 
 One thing I am pretty particular about is the seasoning. If you haven't tried my Chef Tess Spices Chef Tess All purpose seasoning,  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 
1/2 cup Tomato Powder
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2T Freeze Dried Onion
2 tsp Chef Tess All Purpose Seasoning

1/2 tsp hickory smoke flavor powder or 2tsp smoked paprika
2 cups 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 sqeeze of hot chile 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 

2 cup  Freeze Dried Chicken (3 oz) 
1/3 cup Soy Sauce Powder (1.5 oz)
2T  Lemonade Powder
1T 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 Dehydrated Onion
1T Chef Tess Amazing Wok Star seasoning blend Chef Tess Spices 
1T 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! 

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

3 comments:

Bellagosa said...

Hello Chef Tess, I've been looking around your page for a couple of days now and I love it! I have a question for you. Do you have any recipes that don't have grains in them? We lead a Paleo lifestyle so we stick to meats veggies and fruit in their purest form. At the very least which recipes would you recommend that have the least amount of gluten in them? We don't eat beans either so I was wondering if I could substitute sweet potatoes in your chili recipe?
Thanks in advance for your time.

Crystal Carey said...

These recipes look delicious. How long do they keep if you use the oxygen absorber?

Lynn said...

When you say "hydrate" for 10 minutes, do you mean take off heat, or continue cooking for that long?