Tag Archives: Chicken

Recipe: Chicken Strips

11 Jul

Here’s a yummy marinade from my  mom. I did it with chicken breasts cut into strips, but you can also use beef.

Marinade:

  • 4 Tbsp. oil
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (my mom said she’s used vinegar before if she doesn’t have any lemons on hand)
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (or just use garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp. basil (I didn’t have any basil, so I used oregano)

They’re especially good if you marinate them for a day or two. You can cook them on the grill or in a pan on the stove top.

 

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Frugal Photo Friday: Free Cat (or dog) Food

3 Jun

Discarded pieces of chicken all cooked up for the cat

Want a cheap way to feed your cat (or dog) something other than dry food, without having to buy those expensive tiny cans of cat food? I was trimming the fat off of some chicken breasts before freezing them and I decided the pieces I’d normally just throw out I’d cook up for our cat Fuzzy. So I did! And since the chicken pieces (mostly fat) would have been thrown out anyways, this was free! The only cost was the little bit of propane needed to cook it! =)

I’ve also given Fuzzy chicken skin and discarded pieces when I cook whole chickens.

Cooking A Whole Chicken

4 Apr

My Chicken is Ready to Be Cooked

Of course there’s many ways to use a whole chicken, oven roasting, cuting it up to use the various parts in different ways, but here’s how I have started cooking my chickens. I got the basic recipe (I varied it a little) from my Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook. It’s easy and you get broth from it too. Around here whole chickens usually run at about 88 cents a pound, but my last 2 I got for 79 cents a pound at Sams Club (reduced for quick sale).

So here’s how I do it:

  1. Open the package and drain off any liquid. Then just plop the chicken in your crockpot. (note: depending on the size of your crockpot you may need to only buy smaller chickens, mine ususally just barely fit)
  2. Wash and cut up some onion, carrots and celery (don’t forget to throw the celery leaves in too). Add them to the crockpot along with any seasonings you think would be good. I usually just add salt pepper and maybe a bay leaf.
  3. Fill the remaineder of the crock pot with water. Turn it on high or low (low cook 8-10 hours, high 5-8).
  4. Once it has cooked long enough and looks cooked through, take it out and let it cool a few minutes on a plate, so you can handle it.
  5. Now you need to seperate the good chicken from the throw away  parts (skin, bones, etc…). It comes off the bone super easy!
  6. Your chicken is done and now all you have to do is strain out the broth and you have chicken broth. I like to freeze the chicken and broth in baggies until I need them.

    Straining My Broth

The last chicken I did made about 5 cups shredded chicken and honestly I can’t remember how much broth, I think 3-5 cups.

Here’s a few random tips:

  • To waste less, save the chicken skin for your cat or dog.
  • This is a great way to use those veggies that are too limp to be yummy raw.
  • You can cook the chicken in a pot on the stove, it will go faster.
  • To make the broth less fattening, let it cool in the fridge until a yellow layer forms on the top (that’s the fat) and remove it. But honestly I never do this, I think the fat adds flavor.
  • You can use this shredded chicken in so many ways, but my favorite are quesadillas, sandwhiches and chicken tortilla soup.
  • My favorite ways to use the broth are to cook rice in it to add flavor or in chicken tortilla soup (can you tell that’s my favorite soup?)

The Shredded Chicken

Sorry all the pictures are blurry! I didn’t notice the blurriness until I loaded them onto the computer today.