Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lets Talk Chicken

While the Bailey house is recovering from a stomach bug (ugh! It's way more fun when you still have to be "Momma" but you physically can't get off the couch), I am going to leave you with some chicken tips until I can pull my life and my household back together.

How easy is it to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store? SUPER EASY!!! BEYOND EASY!!!

So why not use the convenience to set your kitchen up for success? Do rotisserie the Everyday Bailey way!!

Step 1: Buy the chicken!

Step 2: Leave it on the counter to cool after you get home from the grocery store (only if you plan on pulling it apart immediately, otherwise, put it in the fridge until you are ready).

Step 3: Once the chicken is cool enough to pull apart with your fingers, pull the legs/thighs apart in once piece. Put in individual sandwich bags and seal. Put the individual bags inside a larger freezer bag and seal. Throw in the freezer.

Step 4: Pull the rest of the meat off of the bone, quickly shred with your hands, divide and put into 2 separate storage containers. Throw in the freezer.

**Steps 3 and 4 take 10 minutes. Trust me! You have time for this!

So let's review what you have done...
1. You have individual bags of chicken legs/thighs in the freezer. And if you don't eat them by the time you go the grocery store again, add to the freezer bags with more legs/thighs. Now you can pull out the exact number of legs/thighs that you need, thaw them over night in the fridge, and when you are ready for dinner, throw them in your toaster oven or regular oven for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees. Add a side dish, and you have dinner!!
2. You also have shredded chicken for casseroles, soups, stews, a green salad, pizza, pasta, chicken salad, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!! With this step, you have saved yourself SO MUCH time making dinner because now don't have to cook, cool and then shred the chicken before assembling your dinner. To quickly thaw, throw in the microwave for a minute to a minute and a half. Use, Eat, Enjoy!


Amanda said...

I so love the pre-cooked chickens!! We eat what we can with warm bread from the same store....its so yummy. Then we save the left overs for sandwiches for lunches. Get better soon!!

Elizabeth Carter said...

You forget the part about sending the legs and thighs to Matt and Elizabeth ;)