Sunday, March 06, 2011

baking and freezing chicken…

Ok, I just bagged up a bunch of cooked chicken. It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon, and it needed to be done. =)

Why, oh why, didn’t I do this before? I read the Life As Mom blog, and she talks often about freezer cooking. I scrolled through the comments in one of her posts, and a lot of her readers were commenting that having cut up, cooked chicken in their freezers was the best thing they’d ever done for easy meal prep.

So I went to this post, and I followed the directions. It was super easy. I just grabbed a package of bone in, skin on, Tyson chicken breasts from Walmart. They weren’t on sale, but they were cheap at $1.18 a pound. I put in 5 large breasts in two Pyrex dishes, and the house smelled delicious an hour later.

David, Seth, and I ate from one breast for dinner, and then I bagged up the cooling breasts to deal with later on. I’m glad I waited. I suspect they were a lot easier to cut after they became completely cool.

I got 7 c. of chicken meat to freeze for soups, casseroles, stir-fry, quesadillas, pasta salad, etc. out of those 5 breasts. And that doesn’t count what we ate for dinner on Friday night.

The bone-in breasts definitely had a better flavor and were more moist than the boneless, skinless breasts that I usually use. And it seems that chicken fat is now considered good for you in some circles, so I kept the skin on without guilt. =)

Anyway… if you haven’t tried this, you should. Or maybe I’m the only one late to the party… =)

1 comment:

Terri said...

Amazing that you can all share a chicken breast! V eats one, and the rest of us share. Maybe I should freeze it sometime..let me know how it goes recooked in something cooked dry like quesadillas.