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Getting Full Value From Chicken

This is a picture of my nephew's chickens that he raises for eggs.   We used to have chickens when we lived in ME, but for now we rely on the local farmers and grocers for our source for chicken protein.

This is a picture of my nephew’s chickens that he raises for eggs.
We used to have chickens when we lived in ME, but for now we rely on the local farmers and grocers for our source for chicken protein.

Without taking into account the cost per pound for chicken, sometimes the best value for your dollar is purchasing a whole chicken that you will bake or cook within your rotisserie.  I realize that buying the pieces makes like easy, and sometimes the cost makes it worth it.

NOTE:  Always shop with your health in mind first, buying quality brand cuts of meat.  A healthier lifestyle saves on medical costs.

But, have you opted for the whole chicken in order to get all that you can from this roaster?  I enjoy utilizing my rotisserie, but also enjoy the oven baked chicken.  With both options, you can get more than just an evening meal with possible left-overs for lunch or the next evening.

With a 3-4 pound chicken I am able to serve my husband and I three – four meals.  Of course, these meals are portioned sized allowing us to enjoy more vegetables, while not over consuming on protein.

But what about “boring” repeat meals?  It does not happen.  Each evening or lunch, the chicken can be used in a casserole, sandwiches, or another dinner variation with different vegetables and side dishes.

In addition to the meals, I am able to get at least four cups of chicken broth made from boiling the carcass in water and seasonings.  No preservatives, no salt, etc.  This provides enough broth to make a batch of soup, use in a casserole or a side dish of rice.

When our three daughters were living at home, this size chicken would produce one full evening meal, leftovers for a casserole, along with the broth to make home-made chicken noodle soup.

When I purchase boneless chicken breast, which is the only other type of chicken I purchase, I do not have the option to make broth.  I still enjoy buying my chicken this way for the other meals I prepare, but when I need to stretch our grocery dollars, this is one option that makes sense.

What do you do with your leftover chicken?  Share here in the blog, as I would love to hear from  you.

We can all eat healthy on a slim budget.

~ Enjoy ~

Laura

Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor