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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rubber Chicken

It is a rare occasion in my house when a whole chicken is used in one meal. At our house we eat rubber chicken, a chicken that is stretched for 2, maybe even 3 meals. Stretching your meats is one of the easiest ways I know to make your grocery dollars go further. It's simple to do too. Just watch.

First I start with a whole chicken. This baby was 7lbs! Total cost $4.81 @ .68/lb. When chickens go on sale for this price I try to grab a couple of them. I also try to grab the biggest one that I can. The bigger the bird, the more meat.

Next I remove the breast from the rest of the body and reserve it for another meal. Now I have 2 sections, one for $2.40 & one for $2.41.

I roasted the body and ended up with 4 cups of meat. I froze 3 cups for another meal and used 1 cup in tonights dinner (fried rice).  Cost - $1.80 for 3 cups and $0.60 for 1 cup. 

So from this chicken I will have 3 meals. My cost for the chicken in each meal being $2.41, $1.80 and $0.60. Not too bad and certainly better than the whole $4.81 for just one meal.

Rubber roasts are really good too.

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  1. I usually buy whole chickens (as big as I can find) and throw the whole thing in the slow cooker overnight. The next day I shred it up and make 2-3 meals as well... usually a meal of soup, one of BBQ sandwiches, one of pasta, and sometimes another if there's still chicken to eat!

  2. I also buy whole chickens--they are so easy to stretch. I've never heard it called a "rubber chicken" lol, that's funny!

    I sometimes get grossed out when I'm taking it off the bone though. But in the end it's so worth it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ha Ha Ha! I usually just have rubbery chicken. I can't tell you how many years it took me to be able to cook tender, moist chicken.

  4. I love using the whole chicken. I do this every other week. It works great for single people too. I eating chicken for dinner and lunch with veggies and use the dark meat to make pasta or a mexican style dish. It really stretches your wallet.