I feel quite bad towards the husband as I have been endlessly catching up on work, blogging and assignments recently that he had instant noodles for dinner two times within the last week. I haven’t cooked him a ‘new’ meal in days, like dishes he hasn’t tried before and there were times that I was so caught up in front of the computer that he had to go buy us dinner from the kopitiam opposite our block both days over the weekend. Dinner for us has been quick fixes – yong tau foo soup, sliced fish soup, shakshuka or grilled salmon.
At home, he would refill my cup when it is empty, collect snack plates from the computer table, hang up my towels, make sure I had enough to eat (he scared a fat girl like me would go hungry or what?), leave me alone when I ask to and tuck me into bed at night. I am so thankful for an amazing husband! And so thankful that I decided I cannot be lazy anymore.. those chicken wings in the fridge are dying to be eaten! (#lamebutwell..)
I was debating between a Chinese style dish like oyster wings with carrots and potatoes, or something which I’ve not cooked before. And as always, when out of ideas, I make a trip to the wet market to look for inspiration. I actually went to the wet market thinking I wanna make some heavily spiced airfried wings, like masala wings sprinkled with chilli flakes and chopped parsley.. but of course, everything changed when I saw those red, ripe, juicy, dainty tomatoes staring back at me.
How not to cook with them? The best way to cook chicken and tomatoes is to braise them. My idea was a braised chicken dish finished with cooking cream (think tomato cream stew) towards the end, but since I am budgetpantry, I was determined not to spend more than necessary (a box of cooking cream costs $3.25 and I can buy meat and vegetables with that money), so I decided to leave out the cream and make a lighter version.. perhaps Mediterranean style with olives (I have a can in the cabinet!) and peppers!
So I got the tomatoes (8 of them total- I couldn’t resist), a yellow onion, a yellow pepper and a few sprigs of parsley from the vegetable store for a total of $2. I love wet markets. This dish was conjured up in one.
And here you go! Everything goes into one pan for easy clean up. And the best part? Less than $2 per serving with meat, tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, eggplant AND GRAVY. This is perfect for an easy weekday dinner if you marinate the wings the night before. I hope you try it!