Chicken

We love chicken around here! Like most Americans, I prefer cooking with boneless, skinless breasts but you can save money purchasing whole chickens or split breasts.

In the past, I’ve purchase whole chickens but an easier solution is split breasts, it is more expensive than whole chickens but they are a lot less work (and when you are a new mama, that’s important!)

Recently I picked up 6 split breasts at a great price and cut most of the breast meat off of 3 of them (I cut the meat into 12 strips for “boneless wings”). Then I boiled the remaining meat on those 3 breasts and the other 3 breasts.

Once the chicken cooked, I let it cool and shredded it. It yielded approximately 6 cups of  shredded chicken which I separated and froze into 2 cups portions for quesadillas or chicken salad!

I then made chicken stock with the broth, it yielded 4 cups which I separated into two 2 cup portions!

Those 6 split breasts equalled:

  • 12 boneless wings (2 meals)
  • 3-2 cup portions of shredded chicken (3 meals)
  • 2-2 cup portions of chicken stock

Not bad that those 6 split breasts will feed our family 5 meals and we have “free” broth to use in soups or casseroles!

What is your chicken preference? Can you handle the bones to save a little money or are you all boneless no matter the cost?

13 Replies to “Chicken”

  1. I never ask for this, but I need prayers. A close coworker of mine passed away this morning, and I was reading your blog, so I need prayers… prayers for my coworkers, his family, his two adorable little girls…

    1. Honestly, we haven't made them before! After my husband smoked BBQ & Buffalo Wings last week we decided we wanted to smoke some "boneless wings"! I chopped a chicken breast into 4 strips and cut up 3 breasts that will be the wings. We're just going to coat them in Buffalo Sauce and smoke them.

  2. Yes, we can and DO deal with bones in chicken to help save money!! 🙂 We try to get the boneless skinless chicken breasts while on sale, but we also get the quarters when they are on sale. Hubby made a huge pot of chicken and dumplings with chicken quarters he got on sale this week. It is enough to feed us a few times this week, and freeze for later. YUM!

  3. I do the turkey thing! I usually buy 3 BIG birds when they are cheap. I use a LARGE pressure cooker. Each bird will yield about 15-20 pints cooked, cut up, boneless turkey. I process mine in canning jars. Great to have on hand. Cooked and no need to thaw. Doesn't take up room in the freezer.

    And playing and reading with your son is the most important thing! The rest can wait–they grow up so fast.

  4. Things have been so busy I am just now catching up on reading your blog!! I prefer boneless chicken, and buy it when it is on sale, but otherwise I deal with the bones. I just can't pay $4-$5 per pound for any meat right now. I try to set a price limit of $2 per pound for all meats, which is very hard with prices going up!!

  5. I actually took inspiration from this post- we've recently been trying to tighten our belt especially with the food budget. I am one of those who usually buys boneless only chicken (aside from the occasional whole roaster) because I don't like dealing with the bones. At even $3.59 a lb, it adds up pretty quickly with the amount of chicken we eat here. I had a sample of a seasoning base I had gotten in the mail a couple weeks ago- a chicken base. I simmered two large breasts in a half gallon of water or so mixed with the soup base. It yielded about 6 cups of stock, and I shredded the chicken to get 4 cups! That's 2 meals plus a soup/stew base for us. At $2.80, it truly is amazing. I am very glad to have stumbled upon your blog!

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