Cooking a Whole Chicken

whole-chickenI didn’t realize until recently how easy it was to cook a chicken and you know the best part ?    =-) You can make homemade chicken broth while doing it! That’s like killing two birds with one stone! Heheheh (I know bad joke!)  Maybe I should already know how to do this and I’m just really behind the power curve, but I thought I’d share with others in case you’re like me!

*Money Saving Tip* First off, buy a whole fryer chicken when it goes on sale. Cook it or freeze until you need it!

When you are ready to cook, make sure it is thawed out.  You will cook with the skin on.

1. Take out of package while it’s sitting in your sink. Pull out “insides”, either set aside to use in a giblet gravy or discard.  Cut off tail and discard. Rinse it well (inside and out).

2. Put in a BIG pot and season with salt, pepper, 2 tsp minced garlic, dashes of oregano, and basil.  Fill with water but not to the point it will over boil.

Shredded-chicken3. Boil the chicken until it “falls apart.” This can take up to a couple of hours depending on size of chicken.

4. Carefully take out chicken and de-bone it (should be easy as it will “fall off the bone.” Discard bones and skin. Chicken is now ready to use, or freeze for later.

5. The broth that was made from boiling the chicken can be used immediately or put in a air-tight container and frozen.broth

This is both healthy and economical! You are making your chicken and broth from scratch – no additives or chemicals you can’t pronounce! It’s economical because you are cooking your chicken and making broth at the same time! We have used part of the cooked chicken to make Taquitos, as well as a making mixing it in with cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving. The possibilities are endless!

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