Often, area meat markets will put boneless, skinless chicken breast on sale for low prices ($1.39-1.79/lb) when sold in 10 pound bags. It’s a great opportunity to save the most on meat that your family will use!
Just in case you’re thinking to yourself, “10 POUND BAGS?!? That’s a LOT of chicken,” think again. Ten pounds of chicken can make about 4-6 meals for a family (depending on the size of your family and the amount of chicken in your meals). I like to buy a couple 10 pound bags when chicken goes on sale this low, bring it home and trim it all at once (Bonus: I’m not a big fan of chicken juice, so this reduces the number of times I need to trim and handle raw chicken in my kitchen). I portion the chicken into amounts sized for my family and freeze.
Most of the time, I take this process one step further and find a way to marinate, bread, coat, cook or prepare the chicken in advance for future meals (batch cooking) to save both time and money. I like to bread 10 pounds of chicken for parmesan chicken, for example, flash-freeze it on cookie sheets, then package for meals. If Parmesan chicken is on the menu, it’s thawed overnight and ready to bake â€“ a nice meal made easy – and I don’t have to handle raw meat again!
Keep it easy: consider making a chicken meal for dinner tonight and doubling the recipe to save future preparation â€“ freeze the extra for a busy night ahead!
Here are some simple chicken breast recipes to get you thinking:
- April’s Chicken Marinade
- Black Bean Salsa Chicken (easy in the crockpot!)
- Chicken Taco Rice
- Dijon Chicken
- Dump Marinade Recipes (as easy as it gets!)
Citrus Ginger, Cranberry, Garlic Dijon, Honey Glazed, Lemon and Garlic, Lemon, Pepper Lime, Spicy Sweet Glaze, Sticky Chicky, Sweet and Sour, Sweet and Spicy or Teriyaki!
- Fajita Marinade
- Garlic Lime Chicken
- Hoisin Chicken Marinade
- Mandarin Orange Chicken
- Mexican Chicken (crockpot)
- No Fuss Chicken Cordon Bleu
Do you have any great chicken recipes to recommend?