Homemade chicken stock, straight from my freezer, is a staple in my kitchen; but there are times when I have depleted my stockpile and in a time crunch, resort to “store-bought” stock. And when I say stock, I’m not talking about cans or cartons of watered-down, diluted liquid that are labeled “broth”. Stock is a deep, rich, flavorful rendering of meat and or vegetables that has a darker color and a greater intensity of flavor. It has been slow simmered over a long period of time to extract the maximum nutrients and flavor from its components. So, when I am forced to purchase it in my small community, there is only one option. It’s a name brand and it is pricey — over $3.50 for a 4 cup carton! Needless to say, I was intrigued when I heard that Knorr had developed their own homestyle stocks and thrilled to discover them on the shelves at our local Wal-Mart. The Knorr Homestyle Stock was only $3.38 for 4 tubs of concentrate that would make 12 cups of stock! At nearly 1/3 the cost of what I normally pay, you bet I was ready to try this new product. I bought both the chicken stock and the beef stock.
That first night we were in a big hurry to make supper and buzz right back out of the house, again. I had looked over the recipes on Knorr’s website and I found two that I knew I wanted to try or at least adjust to our family’s tastes – French Dip Burgers and Lemon Chicken Primavera. For our “fix-it-quick” night, I decided to eliminate the au jus dip for the burgers and simply add the stock to the ground beef before frying it up. I used 2 lbs of ground beef and mixed in two of the Knorr Homestyle Stock-Beef tubs (They come 4 tubs in a package). Super simple and fast!
I broke out my favorite cast iron skillet and fried the burgers, using fresh ground pepper to season them. As they started cooking, I could already see that the stock was melting and permeating the meat, creating a sort of basting sauce in my skillet. The aroma, in the kitchen, smelled like I was making roast beef and the burgers were absolutely delicious. We had a quick, easy burgers and fries supper that was elevated to a tasty new level by Knorr Homestyle Beef Stock. I actually didn’t mention the secret ingredient to my most finicky family members. My fifteen-year-old carniverous son was the first to complement the flavor and ask what was different. My husband was close behind him. The rich, delicious, beefy flavor was a huge hit — even with the grandbabies! Check out my This Moment Slide Show to see their happy faces and more details of this quick hamburger supper.
The next night, I had more time to prepare a special dinner and I decided to tackle the Lemon Chicken Primavera recipe, from the Knorr website, and see if the chicken stock was as tasty as the beef. It turns out that not only was this a delicious meal, but it was quick and simple to fix, as well. I changed up the recipe slightly. My variation is below. When the chicken was complete, I served it with roasted red potatoes and broiled asparagus. Fantastic!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
- 4 Tablespoons butter, divided
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 2 cups water
- juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tubs Knorr® Homestyle Stock - Chicken
- Heat the olive oil and 2 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet.
- I used my marble rolling pin to flatten the chicken breasts, so they were all an even thickness. The easiest way to do that is to place them in a gallon ziptop bag and flatten them.
- Dredge the flattened chicken pieces in flour, shaking off any excess.
- Brown the chicken on both sides in the hot skillet, rotating the browned pieces to a plate until all pieces have been browned.
- When browning is complete, use the same skillet, with its pan drippings, to prepare the sauce. Add the juice of one lemon, remaining 2 Tablespoons butter, zest from the lemon, two tubs of Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock concentrate, water and the chopped green onions.
- Bring the sauce to a boil, add the chicken pieces back into the skillet and reduce the heat to medium low.
- Continue cooking until the chicken is done (10 minutes or less, probably. Remember the chicken is pressed flat and will cook quickly.)
- The sauce will reduce and thicken, somewhat, as the chicken continues to cook.
- Serve with your favorite side dishes for a quick delicious meal!
I will never pay three times the cost, again, when my freezer stock supply is gone. I’m sold on Knorr Homestyle Chicken and Beef Stocks. The rich, homemade taste, along with the simplicity of use and the fantastic price compared to my other options makes them winners in my kitchen! I hope you’ll stop by my This Moment slideshow to see even more pictures. You can’t miss a chance to see sweet grandkids! 🙂
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. As always, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own, based on my personal testing and use of the product.