Chicken breast is expensive. In fact it’s on my do-not-buy-because-we-can-not-afford list right now. Even on sale it still runs around 1.99 a pound which I think is expensive for chicken. So instead of buying chicken breast for meals I buy the “cheap chicken”. Cheaper cuts like thighs, drumstick, and even whole chickens are much less expensive. My buying price for whole chickens is anything less than .79 a pound and I will usually buy other cuts of chicken for under .99 a pound. When I can find it for cheap I buy a bunch and just stick it right in the freezer when I get home.
Maybe I’m lazy but I don’t like having to go through all the work of finding a way to cook the chicken and then cutting it up. So instead here’s what I do:
It’s so easy because I can just stick it in the crockpot and not think about it all day, then I get at least 2 meals back out of the chicken. When you use chicken in this form it’s juicy and fresh more so than if you would cook it in boiling water or in the oven. So you can buy the cheap chicken without feeling like you are missing out. Plus it’s easy for a busy life!
For reference on how much this makes and costs….I made 6 bags of soup lunches, one supper with the chicken, and put away another bag of chicken for another supper all for about 4.50(chicken + noodles) That’s not bad for 8 meals!
Do you buy “cheap chicken” or do you splurge for chicken breasts? Do you have a special way to cook it?