Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thrifty Thursdays - Whole Roasted Chickens Provide Multiple Meals
For this week's Thrifty Thursday, let's talk about chicken....
We eat a lot of chicken. I'm always hoping to see a good sale pop up in the weekly sales ads. This week, I found whole chickens on sale for 59 cents a pound. For under $12.00, I was able to buy 10 lbs of chicken. Granted, that ten pounds is not all chicken but I will get enough off of it for 4 meals....and I hear that you can cook up some great chicken stock if you cook the carcasses. I cannot bring myself to cook the bones and other parts to make broth. The thought is revolting to me so I do lose out a bit on that.
It seems that everyone has their favorite way to roast a chicken. My way is simple: rinse the bird inside and out and then pat dry with some paper towels. I rub a little butter under the skin of the chicken and then all over the top and sides of it. Then I sprinkle it with garlic powder, poultry seasoning and onion powder. Pop it into a baking dish and bake at 375* for 1 1/2 -2 1/2 hrs -depending on the size of the chickens.
MMM! Crispy on the outside, yet very moist on the inside.
The 4 meals that I will be making are:
Chicken and Noodles - tonight's dinner
Chicken Stir Fry
Chicken Barley Soup
After picking every last bit of chicken from the bones, I mixed the white meat and dark meat together and then divided them among three freezer bags.
I hope that you've had a wonderful, thrifty week. Check out Amanda's Cookin' for more thrifty ideas.