Chicken is a fairly common part of a meal for most of us. Not only is chicken delicious, there are so many ways to prepare it, making it one of the best ingredients for frugal recipes. You can stretch chicken to make it go further. Use these ideas to help stretch your food.
Most of us today tend to buy precut chicken parts, saving us time. But in saving a little time, we don’t save money, we pay more for chicken that’s precut and packaged. Learning to cut up a whole chicken will save you money at the grocery store.
When you cut up a chicken or slice it, you can use the trimmings and bones that still have a bit of meat on them for making chicken broth. Simply boil in some water until the meat falls off, about 30 to 45 minutes. Strain or skim any fat content off. Add any spices and seasonings. The chicken broth can be right then for a meal or frozen to use later.
Use the chicken broth in meals such as soups, stews, casseroles, dumplings, pasta, etc.
Instead of buying lunchmeats at the grocery store, you can slice chicken and make into sandwiches. You’ll not only save money, you’ll eat healthier by having a lot less calories and sodium content. Add some lettuce, tomato, spinach, cheese, etc. This is a great idea for a yummy frugal lunch.
Make a chicken salad with different lettuces, spinach, grated cheese, tomato, bacon bits, and chicken. The chicken can be grilled up in a pan on the stove with a touch of olive oil and seasonings such as onions and peppers just prior to serving.
You can use almost the same method above for chicken tacos or fajitas, just add some taco seasoning and sour cream. this can be served along with the salad mentioned above.
Another yummy meal and frugal recipe that everyone is sure to love is Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie. It’s super easy to make, plus you can do other things while your meal cooks in the slow cooker.
Chicken casseroles are a good idea also for a frugal meal. There are various ways to stretch chicken with casseroles. You can make chicken and rice, chicken and pasta, chicken and beans, etc. Adding various veggies such as brocolli, onions, garlic, tomato, carrots, celery, peas, etc., will keep your casseroles from being the same thing over and over. Mix and match veggies and ingredients along with the chicken.
Remember that a lot of meals, or portions of meals, can be frozen for later use. You can make twice the amount you need and freeze the second half for a premade meal in the future.
These are just a few frugal ideas for meals with chicken. There are so many ways to cook with chicken that your family is sure never to get tired of eating chicken!