1 whole chicken = 3 meals

March 15, 2011

every couple weeks, i purchase a whole, organic chicken from the store. it is pricey, compared to the non-organic chicken (about $10) but i use it for at least 3 meals, so i feel good ok about it.

meal #1:  whole chicken in the crockpot    (super simple and not gourmet!)

:: i season it *liberally* (my friend, shawnna, has taught me much re: generous seasoning, for our health!) – for yesterday’s chicken, i used real salt, pepper, onion salt, garlic salt, fresh rosemary, a lot of dried thyme, and cinnamon. i poured olive oil over the top and added some water to the crockpot. it cooked on low all day – so easy! – and was moist and delicious for dinner.

:: i cooked long grain brown rice in the rice cooker, and when it was finished i put it in a pot with several cups of the “juice” from the chicken cooking in the crockpot, to make the rice more soupy and flavorful (plus i added more real salt). i served large, juicy pieces of chicken in bowls over the rice.

:: i prepared a fresh green salad with homemade balsamic vinegraitte on the side.

= dinner!

meal #2: cumin chicken skillet

:: i will prepare this tonight, using the leftover chicken from last night’s whole chicken. i have all the ingredients on hand so it’s quick and easy for me to prepare mid-afternoon for us to eat between swim team and bible study tonight. my family likes this meal, served over rice … tasty and healthy for us!

meal #3: bone broth, to be used in a soup later this week

:: i will save the bones from the chicken and make bone broth tomorrow … super easy while we are home schooling. ( i used to be so intimidated by making broth, and have found that it’s so easy!) i will throw the bones in a large pot, add 4 quarts water, a splash of apple cider vinegar, some chopped carrots, celery and onion. after letting this sit for a while, i will turn it up to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook much of the day. near the end, i will add a bunch of parsley, then turn the broth off to cool. once cool, i will strain the broth in to glass jars.  i will use this broth most likely to make a lentil soup or split pea soup later in the week (again, using frugal ingredients i have here at home).


3 Responses to “1 whole chicken = 3 meals”

  1. jaw123456 Says:

    I love this way of cooking. I also make broth from my whole chicken. Deliciously nutritious!!

  2. Meredith Says:

    I really want to be able to do this. But I have tried a whole chicken in the crock a handful of times, and SOMETHING has gone wrong every single time. It has literally never turned out! Maybe it’s time to try it again, lol!

  3. jani Says:

    Yum! Sounds so good. 🙂

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