Come with me, my friend. With a little planning and about $5 (if you catch whole fryers on sale), you too can enter the Circle of Chicken: a place where you start off with a company-worthy recipe so easy a three-year-old could make it (NOTE: please supervise any toddlers you’re currently employing to cook your dinners), and reap the benefits for weeks.
Here’s just one example of what I can typically make from one five or six-pound roast chicken:
- One roast chicken (surprise!) to feed at least five people
- A simple yet delectable chicken hash (if you only want three to four meals) or a comforting casserole (if you’d like to stretch it to 10-12 meals)
- About 16-20 cups of insanely delicious broth, enough to create the above-mentioned chicken hash, plus at least two pots of soup (you can go ultra cheap and create my “Free” French Vegetable Soup, coming soon), or a batch of soup and a batch of risotto
Why make a meal for one night with a packet of chicken breasts, when you can create the basis for a dozen-plus meals and wring every golden, chicken-y drop from an inexpensive whole bird instead? It’s not hard to do, even if you don’t have a lot of experience cooking, or a lot of tools: all you need is a plan, and probably a freezer.
Questions, requests, or sharp rebukes? Post them below!