I don’t know about your house but at mine meat is a very expensive part of our grocery budget. I have been working on ways to make things stretch a bit more. One of the best ways to do this is to buy a whole chicken and cut it up. Generally the price per pound on a whole chicken is considerably less than that of buying each part individually for recipes.
With two chickens I was able to prep 6 meals and a staple for another meal. If you have never cut up a whole chicken don’t worry. I am going to walk you through the process.
Start with a whole chicken breast side up.
First you are going to want to take of the skin. Once you have a naked bird you will want to remove the breasts.
Start by cutting along the section I have shown on the picture above. Then follow the bone down with your knife until you have removed the chicken breast.
Once you have removed the breasts the chicken will look something like this. Don’t worry about the extra meat. We will deal with that later. Remove your wings at this point. I find that if I break the bone then cut that area it comes off easier.
Flip over your chicken. Cut along the lines shown in the picture to remove your leg quarters. Snapping the bone before cutting will make it easier to cut. Do not throw away the remaining parts. I am going to give you a suggestion for that in a moment.
What you will have (Per chicken):
- 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 Leg quarters
- 2 wings
- 1 Chicken with everything removed.
- Put it in the crock pot.
- Fill with about 4 cups water.
- Add your favorite seasonings.
- Cook on High for 4 hours.
- Strain the juice into a container to get rid of any bone pieces.
- Put the juice in a pot.
- Add 1/2 cup milk
- Add 2 tablespoons flour.
- Cook on low for a couple minutes.
- Let cool and pour into ziploc bags in 2 cup portions.