Welcome to the TWC Lunch Box Club. We believe that no one should have to spend seven pounds in Pret because of a lack of lunchbox inspiration.
We’ve decided to make your life easier (and cheaper) with a practical guide on how to get the most out of healthy ingredients, quickly and easily. You’ll soon have a lunchbox to make everyone in the office jealous, even if it is a little shaken up after your commute.
Chicken is one of the most glorious, versatile meats available. All too often demoted to dinosaur shapes and 3am beer-fuelled takeouts – chicken has had a hard time of it. But now it’s time to reclaim it for your delicious lunchbox. Here’s how.
Sunday Night Prep
Firstly, you’ll need one large chicken. Cut off the drumsticks and put them in the freezer – you’ll cook them later in the week. Stuff the chicken with 2 lemons (halved), 2 red onions, a few sprigs of rosemary and practically a whole bulb of garlic, then drench the skin in olive oil and half a can of beer. Cook at 190C for 1hr 45mins. Carve it up and make a broth by simmering the bones, lemons, rosemary and garlic in hot water for 2 hours, then discard the bones and put the broth in the fridge for later in the week.
Now here’s how to have some fun with that big bird, in 20 minutes or under. Make these the night before and enjoy ‘al desko’, while colleagues give you evil eyes as they dart out in the rain to grab a sandwich.