I love the whole roasted chickens that are commonplace at most grocery stores now. They're usually fairly cheap ($5 for a whole chicken!) and come roasted! I keep it in my fridge for the week and any time I need a protein fix , reach in and carve off a little meat. YUM!
Avoid the skin! It has extra calories you don't need.
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I just can't believe how much I can get out of one store bought roasted chicken. I paid $6 for it and got: 1 chicken meal for hubby and me 3 large containers of yummy chicken noodle soup chicken for sandwiches for 3 lunches. 53
Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers
I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster. Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone. If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough.
Cook in Bulk & Freeze the excess for quick, healthy meals later.
It takes just as long to cook 6 chicken breasts as it does 2. I buy bulk chicken/meat and then I cook it all up. I reserve my portion for cooking that night and put the excess into serving size baggies and freeze. The next time I need it, it's already cooked and dinner's a breeze! I also get my hubby to grill a bunch of meat and do the same trick with it.
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