After doing some hunting on the website, I found some surprising & good news: Whole Chicken is the cheapest way to buy chicken and also the tastiest! Now isn't that a win-win? After hunting around and keeping track of prices, I found that the cheapest whole chickens can be found at Sam's club for 88 cents a pound. Walmart was a close second at 98 cents a pound. (Clearly this depends on where you live and what stores you have access to!)
Last week, I bought a whole chicken, covered it in spices and set it in the crockpot for a few hours. It was delicious and tender! Michael helped me shred all the chicken off the bone and we ended up with several cups of delicious, tender chicken! Our freezer now has several baggies full of chicken that is ready to be thrown in salads, stir fry, fried rice, soups, quesadillas...the list goes on and on!
I also read about how nutritious homemade chicken broth is. I was shocked and happy to hear this. So, I set out to make homemade chicken broth with the remains of the whole chicken, but it turned out horribly. All the spices I put on the chicken before were not good spices for a broth. It tasted pretty bad (and really strong!).
However, I don't want to waste any part of the chicken (yes, even the gross carcass has benefits!) Thankfully Becca came to my rescue again (Becca, you are becoming quite popular on here!) and showed me this recipe. I have another whole chicken in the freezer and I am so excited to follow this recipe and have lots of chicken broth! I think the only change I'll make is to do it in my crockpot (I am obsessed with my crockpots. Yes, I have two and they make me very happy!) I am so excited to have tasty and healthy chicken broth on hand and I can stop relying on this for large batches:
(Although, I love having these granules around for recipes that call for 1/4 c. broth or even smaller.)
Don't you love when you find something that is cheaper, taste better, and is easier than cooking small amounts of chicken for each meal? What a delicious time saver :)