With the cost of food on the rise, we all are trying to save money when we can. Recently Safeway had chicken quarters for .69 a pound. The one problem is that the pieces were all frozen together and to separate them, I would have to thaw the entire bag. It is exactly this kind of deal that works for my meals in advance way of cooking. I thawed and cooked all the pieces and had enough for 5 meals in my freezer.

Pot pie
Any recipe that requires cooked chicken

Garlic Salt

Wash and dry the chicken pieces. If you happened to have a deal on whole chickens, I find it works better to at least cut them in half. Season the chicken with garlic salt and pepper. Lay all the pieces in a roasting pan, leaving on the skin. Slice up an onion and scatter the slices over the chicken. If you have some celery or carrots that have seen better days, toss them in the pot as well. This time I used red onions, but have also used white and yellow onions interchangeably. Pour 1 cup of water into the pan and cover.

Bake at 350 for 2 hours. Depending on how much chicken you have (I had 10 pounds here) it may take longer. If pieces are stacked on each other, it adds to the time as does cooking a whole chicken versus pieces. You must be sure that all the chicken has cooked all the way through!!!!

Remove the chicken and set to the side, allowing to cool. Strain the juice left in the pan to remove any pieces of vegetable. Allow it to cool slightly so the grease can separate from the broth. Store in a glass jar for future use.

Tear apart the chicken, tossing the bones and skin. Lay a piece of wax or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Spread the shredded chicken on the sheet, cover with tin foil and pop into the freezer. When frozen all the way through (only a few hours) store in zip lock bags.Because the chicken has frozen separately, you can remove by cupfuls as you need it.


About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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