Meredith and I have been having semi-regular chicken parties recently. What’s a chicken party, you ask?
We hit up Costco and buy 4-5 chickens. Then we bring them home and take the meat off the bones, pack it in zip top bags and stick it in the freezer. This is one of my favorite quick cooking tips.
I used to cook chicken for stashing away, but since Costco is so close to us now I usually just buy theirs. At $5 for a large rotisserie chicken, it’s hard to beat.
Sometimes I buy the white meat that’s already packaged. I then repackage that into 2-3 separate zip top bags. Honestly, I think the taste is better when I use their whole chickens. Maybe it’s because that also includes the dark meat. And it’s a bit cheaper to use the whole chickens too.
We often drag other people into our chicken party. Both Jim and Mia are great at picking the meat from the bones. More people make for a better party
One thing we haven’t tried yet is making broth from the bones. I know this is easy and good and I have no excuse for avoiding it. If you make broth this way, tell me about it in the comments.
Here’s a post I wrote on how to use and freeze the meat from a Costco chicken.
Picnic for the soccer game
Isaac had a soccer game in Louisville one night. Instead of grabbing dinner at a fast food place, which would have taken more time (we were late to the game anyway!), I made a Pasta Salad.
This is one of my go-to game night meals. I can fix it ahead of time and mix in either rotisserie or grilled chicken. And the pasta salad recipe is so adaptable. This time I used a little broccoli, carrots, a large tomato instead of the cherry tomatoes I usually use. I was out of bow tie pasta, so I used shells instead.
We did stop at Culver’s after the game for frozen custard though!
New giant skillet
I’ve been needing a large skillet for a long time. My daughter had gotten one in a Christmas gift exchange a couple of years ago. She kept it in her room, waiting and ready for when she was married, but I borrowed it several times. Well, now she’s gone and she took her skillet with her!
I found this one on sale at Amazon the other day for just $18.65. It’s a 5 quart skillet with non-stick coating. Perfect for lots of things, including a big pan of Migas. I don’t know how long it will be on sale, but I couldn’t resist snatching it up at that price.