How We’re Trying to Beat a Tough Economy Pt 4

Posted on | April 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

I had to restore my computer to factory default last week, so I don’t yet have pics resized or the utility bills scanned for this post yet. I’ll update as soon as my computer is up to par again 🙂

Want to read the rest of the series?

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The story of the rubber chicken….

2 roasted chickens= $12, 12 pounds, 3 meals, 2 potluck style dishes, a few quarts of broth & plenty of full bellies….

Start with 2 whole chickens. Roast them, covered, at 375° for about 1 hour (if your chicken comes with the neckpiece, gizzards or any other “innards,” roast those as well). Remove lid & roast 15 more minutes to crisp up the skin. Internal temperature (when a meat thermometer is inserted between the thigh & the breast) should reach 160°(your chicken will continue to cook after you pull it out of the oven). After removing the chicken from the oven or crockpot, allow to rest for about 10 minutes. Serve up to half of one chicken for dinner with rice or mashed potatoes & a veggie (You can also do chickens in the crockpot).

After dinner, your chickens have had some time to cool. It’s time to get dirty. Begin by removing the meat from each of the chickens. Dice it & divvy it up. Here’s what we did with our diced chicken:

2 double batches of buffalo chicken dip (I’m making one double batch for Tris’s birthday party & another for a family reunion next month. The divvied batches are in the freezer. I’ll thaw them when I’m ready to make the dip)

1 batch of chicken gravy (recipe follows)

1 huge batch of chicken soup (recipe follows)

The remaining bones, gizzards, etc are put into a crockpot or 2. This will be for our chicken stock.

Here are the recipes I used:




AND!!!!! I’m so excited to report that since we’ve been hanging clothes to dry & watching our lights, our electric bill dropped about $50 since last month!

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3 Responses to “How We’re Trying to Beat a Tough Economy Pt 4”

  1. Chrystal
    July 13th, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Great ideas! Just checking, though….there is no chicken in your chicken soup??

  2. The Vintage Wife
    July 13th, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    ACK!!! It IS missing. Thank you for pointing that out. I have edited it to reflect adding chicken (which is optional since there’s a ton of stock).

  3. Sandy
    July 31st, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I never put chicken in my soup! With all the goodness of the stock/broth I figure this is my meatless weekly meal and save the chicken for another day. I love to follow you.

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