As much as I love the convenience of boneless skinless chicken breasts, I always prefer to buy whole chickens. Whole chickens are significantly cheaper than chicken breasts or thighs, and you truly get so much more for your money. With just one chicken, I can typically make 2-3 meals and several cups of homemade chicken broth!
I am going to show you my favorite way to prepare whole chickens and truly get the most for your money. Best of all, it’s all done in the crock-pot so it takes very little time!
The first thing I do with my chicken is roast it in the crock-pot. This recipe only requires about 5 minutes of prep and then the crock-pot does the rest. This chicken is so delicious and everyone in our family loves it. It really is not spicy, but if you’re concerned, you can omit any of the spices. I’ve left out spices before due to not having them on hand, and the chicken still turned out delicious.
You have a few options for the chicken meat. You can serve the chicken as a main course for dinner, or you can stretch the meat and incorporate it into several meals like casseroles or soups. We typically serve it as a main course and then use what is left to make another meal like soup on another day. Our way makes usually makes two meals for a family of four, but you could possibly make three or four meals if you use all of it for soups and casseroles.
If you use only veggie scraps, your homemade broth essentially costs you nothing! Makes you wonder why they charge so much for the canned stuff, doesn’t it? Plus, you don’t have to worry about preservatives, MSG, or BPA when you make your own.
I love making homemade chicken soup using leftover crock-pot roast chicken and homemade chicken stock. It’s frugal, healthy, and packed with flavor!
Once you’ve made this chicken and chicken stock a few times and realize how easy and frugal it is, you will have a really hard time paying for expensive boneless chicken breast and canned chicken stock!