Belinda from Dinners in the Freezer shares a few great ideas on how to stretch a whole chicken…or 3!
I thought I would share with you all what our family ate last week from 3 roasting chickens that I prepared. I love seeing how far I can stretch my grocery dollar! (Erin here: She’s a girl after my own heart!) I have 7 children, 4 of them still at home, and we homeschool so cooking and eating are a big part of my day.
First off I got a wonderful deal at Krogers on the roasting chickens. They were the all natural hormone free ones and were on sale for .59 a pound. Excellent deal. I bought 3 large ones and put them to roast Sunday morning on the way out the door in my large electric roaster. I also tossed in some carrots and potatoes. YUMMM.
Our first meal was one of the roasted chickens for dinner that day. I love coming home to the smell of lunch permeating throughout the house. We often have sauerkraut chicken but today was the whole chickens roasted with veggies.
Monday I made chicken salad for lunch with the white meat from one of the other two chickens. Chopped chicken, onions, celery, mayonnaise and Italian seasoning. I took the rest of the meat off of the two chickens for to use in upcoming meals, detailed below. Then I cooked all three chicken carcasses and made homemade broth for soup. Always save your chicken & turkey carcass!! You will have an endless supply of free broth!
After removing the bones from the broth and the tiny pieces of meat left on the bone (using a strainer), I added the leftover veggies from Sunday’s meal, some chopped celery, a bag of frozen veggies and seasoning. This made a large pot full of Chicken Veggie Soup, so there will be plenty of leftovers for lunch on Monday. That’s a total of 4 meals so far.
Wednesday I used about ½ of the leftover chicken meat to make a broccoli, chicken and stuffing casserole, a favorite at our house. Then, on Thursday I prepared a Chicken Stir-fry with the rest of the chicken meat.
Our family loves chicken so it wasn’t a problem for us to eat it all week. If your family likes more variety during the week, you could always roast the 3 chickens and prepare a few disheds and then freeze them for the following week/month. Out of the three chickens I got for a bargain price of just $.59/lb, I was able to make 6 meals – 7 if you count our weekly leftover night. Planning ahead will help save both time and money!