Since I wasn’t taught how to be a homemaker and never even prepared a whole chicken (you know the kind that comes fresh in a bag, with or without the innards) until I was 28, I thought I’d share some things I do to make my life easier.
Today’s topic: Chicken.
I cook so MUCH! I’m always cooking, always thinking about the next meal, always planning ahead. One of the things that I have started doing that has a been a real blessing to me is preparing the chicken ahead of time and using it all week.
Like this morning, I usually buy those big packages of fresh chicken breasts from Sam’s Club. Actually, I buy them by the case, but I freeze each tray and then use them throughout the month. Last night I thawed out a big package of those fresh/frozen chicken breasts and this morning before breakfast I put the whole package in the crockpot, with salt, pepper and garlic.
I cooked them on high until we were done with our morning studies, about 11:00 am. I let them cool while we had lunch, then I cut them up and put them in a container then into the fridge.
The great thing about doing this is that now whenever I need chicken for various things I’m making this week, it’s already prepared! This week I’ll use the chicken for: Mexican Chili, BBQ chicken Pizza, Chicken Fried Rice and I’ll use any left over for a quiche on Friday morning.
If I’m feeling really ambitious I’ll get out both my crockpots and put a whole fryer into each of them and let them cook on low overnight while I’m sleeping. Then in the morning, I let them cool while we eat breakfast and then debone them after breakfast, clean up the dishes and have a ton of chicken for: Soup, Enchiladas, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, and more!
Either way, it helps me tremendously when it comes time to actually make dinner. And I find that I can make the chicken last longer this way too, one package of chicken breasts can last our family of 9 a whole week this way! A little goes a long way!