Today: Crockpot solutions!
I've mentioned before, I have a huge crockpot, so cooking for two in my crockpot is not an option. I've tried, and I end up with a dried-up mess. What it IS useful for, however, is cooking for parties, or cooking for leftovers. Cooking for leftovers? Let me explain.
If I drag out my crockpot to cook a meal for my husband and I, I plan a recipe that can be preserved (like freezing soups or chili) or used up in a reasonable amount of time. This week, my solution was "roast chicken".
I started with a whole chicken, 69-cent-a-pound at Aldi. I leave it in the fridge a couple days to thaw, then, the night before I plan to cook it, put it in a bowl and rub it with salt and italian dressing. The next morning, I get out the crockpot, put 5 foil balls on the bottom of the pot (to keep the chicken from sitting in all the juices), and put my chicken inside. It cooks on low 8-10 hours. This is the perfect timing for when I get home from work! A side-note: For us working folks, I need recipes that go 8-10 hours. The 4-6 or 6-8 hour recipes just aren't feasible, since I'm gone from home at least 9 hours a day.
So, I get home and have a fully-cooked chicken. I strip the bones of the meat and save the bones to make broth. What now?
Lots of chicken meals! With so little effort! So that we don't get sick of it, I freeze the meat so these meals don't have to be consecutive. These are the ideas I've had
- Roast chicken, veggies & rice on the side. (I do this the first night, with teh largest pieces I get off the bird. Carving a bird is not one of my gifts.)
- Chicken, broccoli & cheese casserole
- Chicken Quesadillas (mix meat with some salsa or taco seasoning) with refried beans or rice
- Chicken & rice casserole
- Chicken noodle soup
- Chicken fried rice
What other chicken meals do you make when you have a whole chicken on hand?