Crock Pot Chicken
I'm all for saving money when it comes to buying food. I will be the first to admit that I will nickel and dime myself at the grocery store so I can spend our hard-earned dollars elsewhere. With a little bit of extra effort in the form of coupons and sales you can save quite a bit of money at the grocery store.
This recipe comes from one of my favorite deals. Small, whole chickens will often go on sale for 99 cents a pound. So it will end up costing you around $5 for one and I'm going to show you how to make two, yes two! meals out of it.
For the first meal you are going to want to bust out the crock pot. Or is it crockpot? Who cares.
Anyways, there really is no recipe here. I just tend to throw in whatever I have on hand. Chicken stock? Great. No stock? Use water and some bouillon cubes. Whatever seasonings you want, set it on low and forget it. Here's a very basic recipe of what I use:
Crock Pot Chicken
1 5lb whole chicken (make sure to take out the insides!)
1 cup chicken stock
1 Tblsp. garlic powder
1 Tblsp. onion powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup of carrots or whatever vegetable you have on hand
Place all ingredients in crockpot. Set it on low and cook for 5-6 hours. Enjoy!
Now, if you are a smaller family like we are (2 adults and one toddler) then this chicken does double duty. We normally will only eat one breast and maybe a leg at dinner.
So I take all the leftover chicken and shred it up real good. And then the next day I make chicken enchiladas! No family recipe here - just follow the recipe on the back of the Lawry's enchilada seasoning packet. I know - blasphemous to some I'm sure. But I promise it's easy and good.
Enchiladas not your thing? How about chicken tacos? Anything that requires about 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded chicken and you are good to go!
And just like that, a $5 chicken feeds your family for 2 nights. Done and done!