My little wonderboy who is 10 almost 11 shared a skit idea with me for his school’s talent show. The setting is a carnival and he is selling tickets to see a Man eating Chicken. He comes out with a picture of a very large chicken, with the chicken eating the top of a man’s head. Thus, man eating chicken. Everyone buys a ticket to see this huge chicken eating a man. Drum roll please. Out walks a man tearing into a piece of chicken. Man eating chicken! Ha!
Just a bit of humor to begin to tell you how chicken can help you in your menu planning and in saving you money.
Years ago when we I was a newlywed our food budget was tiny. I mean tiny. I would only buy two kinds of meat, ground beef and a whole chicken. Both very versatile and not too pricey. I would stretch these two until the next payday. Making them appealing all week long was my challenge.
Here is my meal plan for a whole chicken.
Roast a chicken with salt and pepper. Add a little butter to the skin if you want it to be crispy. Keep a few pieces for the first meal and debone the rest. If you have a large family I suggest roasting two whole chickens. You can also start with two rotiesserie chickens from the store. Here are just a few meals you can make with your whole chickens.
Meal #1 Roast chicken , rice and green beans with crusty bread
Meal #2 Chicken Enchiladas, green salad with avacado
Meal #3 Chicken soup with rice or noodles.
Meal #4 Chicken curry( curry sauce in a jar or package in the international section) served over basmati rice, sliced cucumbers and pitas
Meal #5 Chicken nachos
Meal #6 White Bean Chicken chili
Meal #7 Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (my favorite to make and freeze for later)
Meal #8 BBQ Chicken ( take your favorite pieces and pour some of your favorite sauce over them and warm up in the microwave) potato salad and cornbread
Meal #9 Chicken Quesadillas with blackbeans, salsa and chips
Meal #10 ????
Please send me your ideas for meal #10