This post is part of the Frugality 101 series, getting back to frugal basics.
Not a joke shop chicken, but one of these:
S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D for lots of meals, lots of flavour and lots of frugal food fun!
And yes, it is possible to get lots of delicious meals out of one chicken – not just sandwiches! A while ago, a housemate and I had a competition to see who could get the most meals out of a chicken – he got 9 and I got 10! Whilst for our challenge we ate chicken all week, you don’t have to – simply divide up your chicken in to portions and pop them in the freezer ready for when you need them.
To start off with, we roast a chicken, which is Mr. Saver’s domain. Shove a lemon or an onion half in the cavity and pop in to a preheated oven. Cook according to the time specified on the package (it varies by weight). If you want to keep it extra juicy, roast it breast-side down – the breasts cook the fastest so this keeps them moist.
Once we’ve had our delicious roast, it is time to strip off! No, not us, the chicken.
Strip off all the meat and you will be left with the carcass, which you can use to make stock.
Roughly chop up an onion and a carrot with a stick or two of celery, add to a large pan with the carcass, some bay leaves if you have them and some black pepper. Cover the carcass with water and bring to the boil, leaving it to simmer for a few hours. You can apparently do this step in a slow cooker, but mine isn’t big enough to fit a chicken carcass so I’ve never tried.
You’ll also be left with a huge pile of leftover chicken meat, which you can divide in to tubs for the freezer.