Two things that I love – chicken and saving money. Do you love chicken and saving money, too? Okay readers, then this recipe is for you.
Since having my epiphany about the foods my family eats (a post for another day) I have been following several food bloggers. One of my favorite food bloggers is Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food (follow her blog here and her Facebook page here). Lisa taught me not to fear the entire chicken, but to embrace it and indulge in all that this whole chicken has to offer.
I priced breasts and thighs at the store today.
Breasts = $5.99/lb ($7.31 for 1.22 lbs)
Thighs = $2.39/lb ($3.75 for 1.57 lbs)
Rather than purchasing breasts, legs, or thighs, next time I encourage you to purchase the entire chicken (or better yet, support your local farmer in your chicken purchases). I was nervous the first time I cooked an entire chicken (what in the world do I do with this thing!??), but now that I have, I will never go back. My family of three ate off of our last chicken for two weeks! Now that I’ve made more today, I will track exactly how we use it and be able to tell you how many meals it provided for us.
BONUS! Beyond the meat, I made a massive amount of chicken bone stock. It is (by far) the best chicken stock I’ve ever tasted; friends and family agree.
Check back tomorrow for this recipe. Here is the recipe. SO easy, tasty, and money saving!
So, if you have a chicken, a few spices (which most of us have in our cabinets as staples), and a crock pot, you are all set. If you do not have a crock pot, I’m telling you…you are missing out on some amazing recipes and I encourage you to purchase one…ASAP! You can find a good one fairly cheap…$20 or less.
Are you ready to try Crock Pot Chicken (the WHOLE chicken)? Let’s do it!
|Crock Pot Chicken (the WHOLE chicken)|
Yes, it’s really that easy and really that delicious. Most of us already have onions and the required spices on hand in our pantries. I bought my chicken (4.3 lbs) at my local health food store. It was $8.60. That is CHEAP for all of the chicken you get from this recipe! You also get more money savings and the BEST chicken bone stock you’ve ever had. I’m not kidding…you get a TON of chicken stock from these bones!
Check back tomorrow to learn how to make the best chicken stock you’ve ever tasted. Yum!
Now, go start your chicken and let me know what you decide to do with your meat!
Jessica, aka Scratch Mommy