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Have you ever wondered how many meals you can get from a whole chicken? Well I am here to tell you we got lots..
I bought a whole chicken for $5 and I made 4 meals for my family of three plus broth for future meals. That is just over $1 per meal in chicken. That is a huge savings considering a family package of boneless skinless chicken breasts can run you $18. I saved time and money by cooking the chicken in our slow cooker. Granted you may be able to make more or less meals than this given portion size and family size. The slow cooker chicken recipe I used is as follows:
Recipe: Lemon Rosemary Slow Cooker Chicken
- Remove neck and organ meats from the chicken (these can be used in making meals if you choose)
- Rub inner cavity with crushed garlic and fill with cut lemons and fresh rosemary
- Mix 1/4 cup honey, 1 Tbsp crushed garlic, juice of one lemon, 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Place chicken in slow cooker and cover in sauce mixture
- Place sliced lemons over chicken
- Sprinkle with fresh rosemary
- Cook on low for 7 hours
Once the chicken was done I prepared the meat and made sure to save the bones and chicken pieces for making bone broth. Bone broth is a great base for money saving meals, as well as, being very nutritious for the body. If you are wondering how to make bone broth please see the recipe below. I made 3.5 Liters of bone broth from our $5 chicken. All of which I have frozen to use with soups and meals in the coming months.
Here are the meals we made from our $5 whole chicken:
- For our first meal we had lemon rosemary chicken with vegetables and rice.
- Our second meal we had chicken sandwiches and homemade split pea soup.
- For our third meal we had chicken and cranberry spinach salad.
- Our fourth meal was chicken in a creamy tomato sauce over gluten free pasta.
All of the recipes were healthy budget wise meals using ingredients we had on hand. To be honest I was surprised to the amount of meals we were able to make with our $5 whole chicken. Your options are endless in what you can do with the chicken meat once it is cooked. I could have made chicken nachos or barbequed pull chicken sandwiches or avocado chicken wraps. I also opted to make broth with the chicken bones again using additional vegetables and spices I had on hand at the time. So out of one chicken we made 4 meals and an additional 3.5 liters of bone broth for future meals.
Bone Broth Recipe:
- Place chicken bones and chicken pieces or your meat bones of choice in slow cooker
- Add one onion sliced
- Add one clove of garlic or more sliced
- Add three slivers of ginger
- Add 1/2 cup sliced carrots
- Add 1/2 cup sliced celery
- Add herbs and spices to taste
- Cover with water and cook for 8 hours on low
- Remove and compost bones and vegetables
- Strain liquid and store liquid for later use
- Broth can be refrigerated for a day or frozen for longer
Bone broth can be drunk as a warm beverage or soup alternative. It can be used for soup, stew or sauce base. I like to add it to our stir fry or in replace of water in cooking rice or vegetables. There are so many uses for bone broth.
If you are looking for cost saving meals for your family look to larger portioned cheaper meat cuts that you can cook in your slow cooker or cook once and divide for multiple meals. I cooked a chicken, just think of the meals you could make with a beef roast or pork roast or a turkey during the holiday season.
Happy cooking and have an amazing day everyone.