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 Tacos
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.


Karine said...

I also love to place some butter under the skin of the chicken before roasting it! It keeps the meat so moist! :)

Amanda said...

LOL about the carcass Tami! When making chicken broth I usually put the whole raw chicken in the pot with the water, onions, celery and carrots. Then just cook slow half the day. Then cool the chicken and remove the meat. Strain off all the vegies etc then spoon the fat off the broth. :) Saves you using the carcass and you have wonderfully tender meat to make your meals with!

That chicken looks awesome btw, great deal!!

Barbara Bakes said...

What did we ever do before freezer bags? Great ideas. You should post your chicken and noodle recipe. I don't have a good one.

Unknown said...

Hubby loves using whole chickens when he makes a chicken bog. He normally puts his in a crockpot though and cooks until it falls off the bone. You get nicely flavored juice out of it as well for cooking the rice in.

Tami said...

Amber, I've cooked whole chickens in the crockpot before, too.

What's a chicken bog?

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