How to Make the Most of Cooked Chicken.
And when I say all, I mean all. Do not waste what you can use at a later date.
Here is what I did today with 6 Chicken Leg Quarters. 3 Quart Jars of Chicken stock, 3 bags of cubed Chicken (little over 2 cups in each bag) and the container with the blue lid in the corner is my “dog extras”. This is the little bit of stock that I could not fit in the jar and the chicken skins and fat. Now let’s talk how and why.
Rather simple to do, but does require a little time. I used chicken leg quarters that I got on sale, but really you could use any portion of the chicken. The key is to put the chicken in the crock-pot, add water to the top and then cook on high for about 8 hours.
Let the chicken itself cool and then pick the chicken of the meat. If you have a couple of bowls this helps. One bowl for chicken meat, one for chicken skins and fat (skip if you do not plan on saving this) and then one for the bones.
Now, what will you want to use the chicken for later? Lots of great recipes that call for chicken pieces or you can save a small portion for maybe chicken salad sandwiches for lunches. Whatever the case, decide now how you want to save it and portions. I tend to just do 2 cups in a freezer safe ziploc type bag. Lay out your chicken pieces on a cutting board and cut them up. This is the time you will catch any bone pieces you might of missed too!
Now measure out and place the chicken in your bags. Label and seal the bags. I normally place one bag in the refrigerator for the following days dinner and the rest in the freezer for later uses.
Now, all those good good juices left in the crock-pot!! This is great chicken stock. If you let the stock cool, you will see the a white greasy film on top. You can remove this prior to saving the broth. I normally just ladle the hot broth in canning jars and then pressure can them. If this is not for you, put them in freezer safe containers and freeze for another meal.
Since I make my own dog food, I save the extra juices and grease from meals for the dog food. The chicken skins, fat and any smaller amounts of stock go into my “dog extras container”. I will freeze this until I make a new batch of dog food.
I used my first bag of chicken the following day for dinner. Quick Chicken and Biscuits. Here are some great crock-pot meals to use this chicken up!