I took chicken out yesterday morning for dinner and I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it. I had no plan whatsoever. You're always supposed to have a plan. All I knew was that it was too hot to do out of the fridge thawing and we were out of prawns and that the only thing that would thaw by the time dinner time rolled around would be a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Now, I do a lot of experimentation in the kitchen. My husband is a great test subject. I've decided to share these experiments and whether they actually work or not.
So, I had a thawed boneless, skinless chicken breast ready to go and no ideas on what to do. I had a Ziplock bag half full with about a quarter of a large head of purple cabbage that I needed to use. Cabbage lasts forever in the fridge, but I like to use things up before they go bad. So, now I had a chicken breast and a quarter head of cabbage. I got to thinking about Russian and Ukrainian foods that I had growing up and how cabbage was often used in the place of potatoes or rice.
Onions and bacon, if it was on hand, were often added to these cabbage dishes. Whatever meat, if any, was added too. I had about 6 oz. bacon left from the weekend and the usual small mountain of shallots on hand. I chopped up the bacon and the chicken into small pieces. The bacon pieces were cut twice as large as the chicken pieces because I wanted them to wind up around the same width and length of the chicken once cooked. I then chopped up a couple of medium sized shallots.
Everything got dumped into a skillet with a little additional bacon grease after preheating the skillet some to make sure there was enough fat in there for stir frying. I let everything cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure the shallots didn't burn. It was quite good, Chris even said so and he doesn't like cabbage much.
I will make this recipe again. It was a good kitchen experiment. I will tweak it some next time. I prefer mostly crisped bacon and I should have crisped it up first and then crumbled it into the pan with the rest of the ingredients. Aside from this little tweak, I won't change a thing. If you try it out, let me know what you think!