"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way." Charles Dickens
You may remember this beginning quote from a most famous work of fiction, "A Tale of Two Cities". Reading this quote now, I can't help but feel that we can relate these words to life as we know it today.
Last week I set out to make Oven Barbecued Chicken from the latest edition of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The recipe called for two 3 1/2 lb. whole chickens. From those two chickens, I derived 4 meals for our family. Whole chicken is less expensive than purchasing cut up pieces. At 89 cents/lb. I only spent $6.23 for 7 lbs. of chicken. If you have never cut up a chicken, it's easier than you might think. Here are a couple of links to walk you through it:http://www.chow.com/stories/10080 and http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cutupchicken.htm
Here's one whole chicken.
Cut up for Oven Barbecued Chicken.
Here's the Oven Barbecued Chicken.
And here is the salad that I made from leftover barbecued chicken breast the next day.
What to do with the pieces (back, wings, and neck) that you don't/can't barbecue? Make broth, of course!
Now put that broth away for later...it'll freeze safely for up to 6 months.
and make Chicken Noodle Soup, Broccoli Cheese soup, or any other soup for that matter when the mood or need for soup strikes. You could also make the sauce for your chicken enchiladas or chicken and dumplings, or...well, the possibilities are limitless.
When you're finished boiling down the chicken into broth, pick it off of the bones. You'll end up with this.
With those chicken pieces you can make chicken and noodles or Chicken Divan or my pick for this week: Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
Here's the meal plan:
Monday October 5th
Oven Barbecued Chicken
Tuesday October 6th
Barbecued Chicken Salad
Wednesday October 7th
Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Thursday October 8th
Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
Remember the meatballs that I froze last week?
Friday October 9th
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Saturday October 10th
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Sunday October 11th
Anything but chicken! Ha ha. We'll probably have something from the crock pot.
1 bulb garlic
1 bunch green onions
2- 3 1/2 lb. whole chickens
2 lbs. ground beef (for meatballs)
2 1/2 c. milk
8 oz. Velveeta
refrigerated pizza crust
16 oz. shredded pizza blend cheese
whole kernel corn
24 oz. chicken broth
1 jar beef gravy
Frank's Red Hot
crushed red pepper
Stove Top stuffing for chicken (for meatballs)
16 oz. broccoli florets