I’m a big fan of Sun-Bird seasoning packets…especially the General Tso’s Chicken. Add a little soy sauce, sugar and water, and you’ve got a yummy chicken dinner to serve over rice. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I prefer it over Chinese takeout or restaurant meals. Their seasoning packets are frequently on sale for $1 at supermarkets, and this coupon will take half off that price (if your grocery store doubles coupons):
This makes a low-cost, delicious dinner. For example:
- 1 Sun-Bird seasoning packet (after doubled coupon): 50 cents
- 1 lb of chicken, from our $1.33/lb stockpiled boneless, skinless chicken breast bags (on sale at $4/3 lb)
- 1 cup of rice, cooked in our rice cooker 25 cents (probably less expensive if you’re buying rice in bulk)
- a bit of sugar and soy sauce 10 cents (if that)
So for around $2.50, we can feed 3-4 people with this meal, or just feed the two of us and have leftovers at the end of the night. If you add a bit of broccoli (especially if you’ve grown it yourself or purchased it frozen with a coupon), the price only increases by a few cents.
Compare that to Chinese take-out, which costs around $10 per entree, and is often concocted from stringy, dark meat and more “breading” than chicken.
Plus, it couldn’t be simpler to cut up and brown the chicken and add the sauce…all while the rice cooker is casually doing it’s thing to give us perfectly cooked rice…no matter what.
If General Tso’s isn’t your thing, Sun-Bird has a variety of other seasoning packets, including Kung Pao, fried rice, sweet and sour, etc.