When I wrote earlier this week about how to make chicken broth from a whole chicken, I promised I would include some recipes for how to use the actual chicken meat to last several meals.
To recap, I purchased one organic chicken for $3.49/lb. It cost me $12.56 (I had a $1 off Wegmans Organic Chicken coupon that I used). I already made 2 large canning jars worth of broth, so I had to come up with ways to make that $12 chicken last as long as possible. Here’s what I did.
After I separated the meat from the bones and organs (which I used to make the broth), I set all the meat aside to cool. When it was cool, I sorted it out into 4 ten oz servings, and stuck 3 of them in the freezer. The fourth I reserved, and tossed in a separate pot (because my broth was still cooking), and left out to make chicken soup with. So here are my meals:
1. Chicken Soup (2 big jars): Fresh homemade broth, chicken, and 1 bag of frozen mirepoix (what can I say, I was too tired to chop veggies by the time my broth had been simmering for almost 20 hours). I’ll add some egg noodles when I reheat.
2. Chicken Quesadillas: In between 2 flour tortillas, spread shredded cheese, corn from the freezer, and 1 bag of chicken. We were able to make 5 quesadillas with this chicken, which was enough for our family of four.
3. Pasta with Chicken & Peas: I make a sauce using milk, butter, flour, and parmesan cheese (like a roux), and pour it on pasta. Mix in a bag of frozen peas and 1 bag of chicken.
So let’s sum up: from one chicken that cost $12.56, I ended up with 2 meals of chicken noodle soup, 2 16oz jars of broth, 1 meal of chicken quesadillas, one meal of pasta with chicken and peas, and one meal of chicken taco soup. 5 meals, 32 oz of broth. That comes to under $2 per meal for fresh, organic meat. Not too shabby!This post may contain affiliate links, which help support this site.