Saturday, September 15, 2012

What we got accomplished today                                                     

     Our local grocery store (HEB) has split chicken breasts on sale for $1 a pound.  Awesome deal, but my family doesn't eat chicken on the bone so I bought 3 family sized packages and got to work.  It cost me about $16-17 dollars.  I started to skin and debone the chicken.  This doesn't take very long and saves you alot of money.

     The skin and bones go into my stock pot and I make that into a chicken stock.  There was plenty of meat left on the bones, so that will be made into something for dinner tonight.  The chicken stock will be canned in the morning.

     With the chicken breasts, I made 7 "dump" chicken freezer bag dinners.  What is that, you ask?  The chicken is placed in a freezer bag (I cut mine up into large chunks so the marinate soaks in better) with the ingredients and frozen.  When you are ready to have them for dinner, you thaw and dump into the crock pot and let it cook throughout the day.  At dinner time, I will either make rice or pasta, and salad and/or veggies.

I don't have exact recipes on some of these so I'll do what I can.  In each bag I added about 3 large chicken breasts.

Teriyaki Chicken
About 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 large tablespoons local raw honey
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic

Lemon Garlic Chicken
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 large tablespoon minced garlic

Honey Dijon Chicken
This one I didn't make, I used a small jar of honey dijon salad dressing.

Sweet BBQ Chicken
about 1/2 homemade ketchup
1 tablespoon worcestershire 
2 Tbl white vinegar
about 1-2 tsp crushed red peppers

Italian Caesar Chicken
This was another bottled one.  There was a few tablespoons left of italian and then I added about 1/2 cup Newmans Own Creamy Caesar (my favorite good on meats).

Cranberry Chicken
1/2 pint homemade cranberry sauce
1-2 tablespoons orange marmalade
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbl soy sauce

Citrus Ginger Chicken
1/2 pint homemade orange marmalade (minus what I put in the cranberry chicken)
1-2 tsp ground ginger (you can use fresh also)
1 tablespoon local raw honey

As these freeze and thaw, they absorb the flavorings and turn out wonderful.  I dump them in the crockpot with all the marinate.  Often I will add whatever is in the fridge at the time or whatever dressings or sauces I want to use up.