Getting More Out of Chicken
Start by learning to slice a whole chicken. When a chicken is sliced properly it makes it easier to remove the rest of the meat from the bone. You can create broth from the skeleton of the chicken. Boil the skeleton in some water until the remainder of the meat falls away.
The broth can be seasoned with herbs and spices. Once it is completely cooled, pour it into jars for storage. The broth will keep for a couple of weeks. It is great for flavoring soups and casseroles.
Does anyone in the family carry a lunch to school or work? Instead of the bland lunchmeat, slice leftover chicken breast for sandwiches. It will save a little money since you won't have to pay a lunch fare.
Instead of going for fast food on the weekends, use that chicken. Cube a few pieces of chicken to toss on top of a salad with some cheese and croutons. The chicken can even be combined with peppers and onions in a skillet to make filling for fajitas or soft tacos.
Why not have chicken pot pies? Add some of the chicken to vegetables (canned or frozen) and a can of creamed soup to a pie crust. This will give you an instant dinner that will take less than an hour to make.
Is there still more chicken to use? There are more ideas for this leftover chicken. Back in the day mothers and grandmothers learned to use chicken in a variety of ways, so can we.
When you have a cold or feeling under the weather what tastes good? Of course, chicken noodle soup. Don't settle for the cans with small noodles, create your own version. Use juicy chicken pieces with wide egg noodles. The broth that has been stored will serve as a nice base and it will already be seasoned.
Along with the wide egg noodles you can add vegetables like carrots, celery and onions to your soup. When the noodles get tender add in the chicken. Since the chicken will already be cooked it just needs to warm a little. Then you will be ready to enjoy a healthy soup.
What are you doing with your leftover chicken? Try out a few of these ideas to double or even triple its use. These new meals will be as tasty as the original dish itself. Better yet it saves both money and time.