A Cheater Chicken Confession

True Confession:  I use cheater chicken.

I swore I never would…that it is a waste of money to buy the pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, pre-cut packages of chicken when it “takes no time at all to cook up your own chicken breast.”  I can hear my ever-practical mother saying “how ridiculous that people would buy that” in my head.

Well….. sorry, mom.  There are nights after a long day of work, misc. after work errands, workouts or activities, homework review, and working around a family’s busy schedule, that warming up cheater chicken, putting ceasar dressing on it, and putting it in a wrap with some lettuce is dinner.   Is it gourmet?  Not in the slightest.  It most likely isn’t even terribly healthy.  But does it mean that within a few minutes, we can all stop what we are doing, and have supper together to reconnect before 10pm?  Yes.  And to me that means I’m not going to beat myself up over cheater chicken.  I’m going to be thankful for it.

And what about you?  What is your incredibly fast “cheater” dinner when you need it?  Please share, and maybe we can all add a little variety to our speed meals.

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4 Responses to A Cheater Chicken Confession

  1. Molly says:

    May I remind you that Mom used cake mix to make Chocolate Chip Cookies!! I think she would definitely have cheater chicken on hand!! My cheater dinner– frozen waffles anyone?? LOL.

  2. MaryLynn says:

    cheater mashed potatoes – you know the kind in the tub..I know it sounds soooo bad but when the family is in the mood for mashed who has the time to peal, cook and mash!!!

  3. Rea says:

    I am single, so therefore only one person to feed…so it’s easy for me to do the shopping, etc. I can tell you that I enjoy making my own individual pizza’s, getting some great Nann (sp?) from our trusty Wegmans, putting all that yummy goodness on top and popping it in the oven. Only takes 7 minutes to cook and then it’s dinner time. So I guess it’s cheating 😉

  4. Diane says:

    My cheater dinner – cheese tortellini from the freezer section, boils in 4 minutes tops, with store-bought pesto. A jar of tomato sauce would work too. If I’m really ambitious, I fry up a red pepper or some mushrooms to toss in. (You can skip the fungus, Marj, it’s ok.) WAY high in fat and calories, not at all healthy, but tasty and filling. Hey, that cheater chicken would go great in there – I’m gonna try that!

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