If the dinner is unexpected then it's unlikely she had a chicken in fridge, if she had a fridge. Fresh food is always on the hoof until its needed, that way no waste. Greens for any dinner, always greens. And maybe some hot chicory 'coffee' after dinner. Mint water is a cheap refresher, especially on hot days. Back to the chicken. Such a meal is a big deal. Hard to imagine a poor family raising fryers, so the chicken is probably a layer, or a rooster (preferred). Sacrificing a layer for one meal will put future breakfasts at risk, something to consider when every penny counts. If she has kids, then it could be catfish they caught that day.

FWIW
DrDoc