1 Chicken – Many Meals

Not that chicken, but you get the idea

I am all about saving money and stretching groceries.  My absolute favorite way to do that is what I like to call “chicken in a crock pot”…I’m so creative, I know.  Seriously though, if you’ve got a chicken and a crock pot you are ready to go.

I start by shopping around till I find the best deal I can on a roasting chicken (antibiotic and growth hormone free is a must, free range is preferred, locally raised is ideal).  I chuck the chicken in the crock pot along with some roughly chopped garlic, onions, celery, etc.  Top it with a couple pads of butter, crank it up to “low” and go to work.
By the time we get home it’s good and cooked.  I’ll mash up some taters, warm up some peas and dinner is served.  But wait… we’re not done yet.

Chicken broth cooling on the counter

After dinner, I’ll take all the leftover meat off the bones and store it in the refrigerator.  The bones, skin, and whatnot go back into the crock pot (I leave the veggies from the first round in there too).  Fill it with water, turn it on and let it go for at least 24 hours….tadah! Chicken stock.
Strain the stock into jars, let them cool and then into the fridge or freezer they go.  Now, you’ve got stock to make soup, sauces, whatever you like.
Are we done now?…nope!

Chopped salad with shredded chicken

You still have the leftover chicken in the fridge.  Usually it isn’t quite enough to be a meal on it’s own but it can easily be stretched by using it in a casserole, soup, or as chicken salad.  We love using it in fried rice along with lots of veggies but really it’s up to you.   Visit my recipes board on pinterest for even more ideas!

There you have it. 1 chicken gave you 2 dinners plus enough stock for at least another 2 meals.

What is one way you save money on groceries?

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8 thoughts on “1 Chicken – Many Meals

  1. Awesome Kai, every think of raising meat chickens? The cornish cross are about the easiest meat livestock commitment you can make as they are a very short term investment. Only two dollars at TSC, you can give them a much better life than the average market bird. I plan to raise cornish again this year while working towards a more sustainable flock of dual purpose birds.


  2. Just an FYI you have a fantastic local butcher in Foster called Locust Leaf Farm. I have used them several times and wish we lived closer I do not like our local options. They have a FB account worth checking out .


  3. If you compare chicken prices to Whole Foods than yes it is cost effective, since WF is in the bed with big agi/big organic, I would question the “free range” certifications and such even at WF. Those companies have plenty of ways to get certified while still essentially running a nicer factory farm. If you compare the price to Shaws sale factory farm birds then it is definitely not cost effective.

    3.50 a bird is a small price to pay, plucking a chicken by hand is hard gross work, I have done it as I believe you should be willing to take the life of an animal if you want to be a meat eater, but I would gladly pay to have someone else ethically slaughter my chickens due to the equipment needs and time saved.


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