Saturday, June 26, 2010

What to do with Chicken Breasts when they go on sale

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are on sale for $1.79 a pound at Lowes until Tues, June 29.


$1.79 is definitely below my target price for boneless, skinless chicken breasts so I made a special trip to Lowes today and bought 16 packs!

Did you see my earlier post with printable lists for you, letting you know what a good price if for certain items??? Click here if you missed it.

Now I do not come home and stick the packages of chicken directly in my freezer. I prep my chicken first. This takes a little time, but will save you so much time in the long run.

I do 4 things with this chicken. . all to help me get future dinners on the table cheaper, quicker, and with less stress!! At times I do not know which I long for more: money, time, or sanity. (wink).

Do note that I am starting with NON FROZEN boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It is not safe to start with frozen chicken, defrost it and prep it like below, and then refreeze it.
1. In my Deals to Meals class, I show you how I wash my chicken, trim the fat, put it in freezer ziploc bags, dump marinade on it, and make nice freezer sheets of marinaded chicken. This is what I do with the majority of my chicken.

The night before or sometimes the morning of, I take a sheet of marinated chicken out of the freezer and let it defrost. As the chicken is defrosting, it marinates and then when hubby gets home, he grills it. I cook up free rice and free frozen veggies to go with it. Voila!

2. I am marinating some of the chicken in the fridge. . and then grilling it after it marinates about 3 hours. . then cutting it up into bite size pieces and flash freezing it (I teach this too in my Meal Planning & Freezer Cooking Class aka Deals to Meals, but if you need a quick tutorial on flash freezing, click here).

Once my bite size pieces of chicken are flash frozen, I stick them in freezer ziploc bags and store for quesadillas, recipes that call for cooked chicken, to put on top of salad, or for wraps.

I also use some of this cooked, cut up chicken to make Chicken Casserole and put 2 or 3 in the freezer.

3. I am making homemade chicken nuggets to put in the freezer. All you need is 4 ingredients to make your own chicken nuggets. .get a whole slew made at one time and get them in the freezer. . .they will keep there for about 3-4 months. Then they are ready to be popped in the oven for a wholesome yummy meal. . .makes getting dinner on the table so much easier when you have them already made in the freezer.

Read this post here for how to make your own chicken nuggets. And then read this post here for all the variations you can make. Get the kids to help make these!!

4. I am just putting some in freezer ziploc bags with no marinade, just plain to use for recipes that call for uncooked chicken like these below that I have posted about before. Click on title of recipe to be taken to the post and recipe.

Foil Baked Asian Chicken,

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken

So tell me. . . what do you do to prep your chicken to help get future dinners on the table cheaper, quicker, and with less stress? Do you have a #5 I need to do?? Do you have any recipes to share?? I'd love for you to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

And because this simplifies my life, I am linking up to Linny's Saturday Party where her readers share tips and thoughts on striving for simplicity. Click here , here, and here for motivation and inspiration and practical ideas.

4 comments:

  1. Followed Linny's blog to your post...I love it! Wondering why I couldn't have figured out how to do this entire process when I buy chx breasts on sale myself! :) I definately see the downfall of sticking an entire package of chx in the freezer and when I run out of time and do this, I always regret it later 'cause it does make my workload more in the end! Looking forward exploring the links in this post....was in the hunt for a easy chx nugget recipe anyway!! Thanks!! Jennifer

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  2. Su,

    I love what you shared! We don't have a Lowe's {other than a home improvement store, didn't know there was any other kind!}...but I found them at WalMart for $1.79! I bought about 8 pkgs so far. I have never made chicken nuggets..and already clicked over and am going to do that. I will check out your other recipes. I already marinaded and frozen about 9 lbs of it. Thank you for all your good ideas!! You rock! xo

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  3. I went last night and they were out; however I went back today and was able to pick up 16 packages! I am so thankful that you let us know about this great deal! Thanks Su! -BC

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  4. Hi Su! Great to see you at the concert the other night! G is still talking about it :). AC told me about your blog and it's great! Thanks so much for the chicken nugget recipe - totally trying it out this weekend! Hope to see you soon,
    VL

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