It’s so important to add healthy protein to every meal that you eat each day. I love to add it to my morning eggs, my salad or sauteed veggies at lunch, or even as a quick snack. But sometimes I feel like it can get so expensive. Chicken seems to be the most versatile of the meats and is what I buy most often. I always choose organic chicken, but certain cuts, like a boneless breast, can cost $6/lb! I found myself often avoiding using meats because of the costs. There had to be a better way.
I recently discovered how reasonable the price is of an organic whole chicken. It’s just $2.49/lb at Trader Joe’s and a similar price at Costco. I never used to use whole chickens very much because they seemed like such a hassle. Too many bones, too many parts and how would I know when it’s done? But as I thought about it more, I realized they might actually make life easier. What if I just cooked up a chicken or two each week and used that meat in my recipes for the week? That would certainly make lunch and dinner time faster, I wouldn’t have to remember to defrost my meat everyday and best of all, I would save a ton of money.
Shredded Chicken in the Crockpot
I bought a whole chicken and put it in my slow cooker. I covered it in a variety of seasonings found in this recipe and cooked it for the day. It took 10 minutes to prepare and at the end of the day, I had the most amazing smelling chicken waiting for me! I took it out, let it cool a bit and the meat just fell off the bone. It was so easy to separate and before I knew it, I had delicious shredded chicken ready for my week. I gave my dog a few pieces as a treat and put the rest in a covered bowl to use throughout the week.
This trick came in so handy all week. The chicken made lunch especially fast. I made a variety of salads, quesadillas, tacos, chicken covered sauteed veggies and more. For dinners, it was easy to just prepare my veggies and sauces and then add the chicken in at the last minute, just to warm though.
If you haven’t try this trick before, do it! You’ll love the time and money it saves you.
Do you have any ways that you save money and time on chicken prep? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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