Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chicken Breasts Dollar Stretcher

I am going to show you how you can make a lot of food for a little bit of money. I never through any leftovers or extra food away.
I bought these untrimed chicken breasts at a little local store called Quality Thrifty Produce, for only 1.59 a pound. That is a really good price even for untrimmed chicken breasts. I actually shared a package with my daughter. So I have here less than 3.00 worth of chicken.
I trimmed the fat and loose skin and all the odd pieces off. This will later be Chicken Soup. Then I sliced the thick side off the breast these are sometimes called tenders.  Below you can see on the right 2 nice large Chicken Cutlets, on top right is the smaller cutlets and below that the scraps for soup.

To make Chicken Soup take the scraps and put them in a pot with what ever vegetables you have in your house. Onions, Celery, Carrots, what ever you have that you think would taste good in the soup. If you don't have any fresh vegetables a can of mixed vegetables works too. Remember this is cooking on the fly, no recipe, no rules. Here is what I found in my refrigerator, onion, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, Zucchini, cooked elbow macaroni, ( you could use rice ) or potatoes too.
You will also need some chicken base, bullion cubes, what ever you might have. Even an envelope of cup a soup or ramen noodles, think out of the box. Put it all in a pot add water. except the macaroni because it is already cooked and you don't want it to get to soft. 1 bouillon cube to a cup of water, but make sure you taste it, cubes can be salty. Add what ever spices you might like, parsley  paprika, pepper.
 I made enough soup to feed a family of 4 add some bread and quick and easy dessert and your set.
This soup was made with parts you usually might throw away, and stuff I had in my refrigerator. I never throw away any left overs. I can always make something with them. So this soup really didn't cost me anything to make.
Check in tomorrow for what I did with the rest of the chicken.    Concetta

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