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I have an embarrassing confession: I spent an outrageous amount of money on groceries this summer. At the time, I *thought* I was being budget-conscious but looking back at the pile of grocery receipts…I was totally wrong. Oops.

Now that summer is over, I have devised a new plan of attack for saving money on a weekly basis.  I’ve decided to challenge myself to use 1 whole chicken to feed our family for a whole work week (5 days). This is also one of the many steps I am taking to *start* wasting less food.

First, I bought an organic, free range, pre-packaged bird from our local co-op. It was about 4 pounds; or $18 worth of tasty chicken-y goodness. I’m sure some of you are astonished by that number, but remember: we’re getting 5 meals for a little less than $4 a meal (to feed 2.5 people). Not too shabby.

I try to only buy organic meat because I want to make sure my family isn’t consuming unsafe chemicals, antibiotics or even potential diseases. Typically, free range chickens are healthier birds too (and the thought of eating a sick chicken is just gross). So yes, I pay more but I get more too. This is also why I like to get the most out of my chicken! (That’s just a weird sentence to say out loud).

I *highly* recommend checking out this YouTube video. I found it extremely helpful.


I am pretty new to the world of “dissecting” a chicken but it’s surprisingly easy (and dare I say fun?); especially after watching a “How-To” video first. When you cut up a whole chicken yourself, you really feel like you’re an active participant in the field-to-table process. Maybe that’s just me though.

I like to package my pieces by meal. That way, I don’t have to think about it later. 

When it comes to chicken breasts, I cut them in half before freezing. We started only eating half a breast each a few months back to cut down on our meat consumption (and to save money). Plus, we end up consuming more veggies this way. Double Bonus!

Here is a list of how I distributed the chicken:

-1 breast: White Chicken Chili (one meal, plus leftovers)

-thighs and “tenders”: chicken and rice in the slow cooker (one meal)

-legs and wings: Arroz Con Pollo (one meal)

-1 breast: Coconut Curry Chicken Soup (2 meals)

-carcass: 4 quarts of Chicken stock

This photo reminds me of Dexter. Is that weird?

You could potentially make 1 chicken last 2 weeks if you substituted meatless dishes every other day. That’s my next “self-challenge”.

 

**Make sure your workspace is clean before starting. Also, use a plastic or glass cutting board when working with raw chicken; NOT wood. Clean it thoroughly with hot, soapy water when you’re done. I like to wash mine, then put it in the dishwasher for additional sanitizing. What can I say, I’m weird. Remember: Nobody likes salmonella. **

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