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I'm Crying Fowl - Cheap - Cheap Chicken 
Aug. 20, 2010 6:39 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2010 9:42 am
The Pickys have announced that they do not want any beef or pork. Mrs. Picky doesn't eat fish so that is out. Every vegetarian offering has been met with a thumbs down. Consequentially, I am left with chicken and turkey.
If you are not familiar with the Picky Family you might want to check out my blog from February.  Cooking for Mr and Mrs. Picky.

Just to be clear - I have no problem with chicken, roasted, grilled, sauted, it's all good with me.

On Rebecca's blog "Bargain Hunters Unite" ( Bargain Hunters Unite )  I posted about a great sale on chicken - .69 lb. I had dreams of filling a shopping cart with bargain chicken. However, upon further examination of my available freezer space I had to reconsider and settled for 3 whole chickens. Total cost for these birds was just under $9.00.

I made up a triple batch of the Rotisserie Style Chicken seasoning.
I left one chicken whole in order to make Beer Can Chicken for the Pickys using the same seasoning.  
The other two, I cut out the back bone on both and splayed them flat. I left them  whole, sans back and wings. Seasoned them all up. The backs and wings got roasted until golden brown along with an onion and a carrot – then into a stock pot for a nice rich chicken broth.

Tuesday's Dinner

Roasted Chicken, German Potato Salad and Green Beans with Bacon.
Served with

Sweet Potatoes with Sauted Apples

3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
1 T Kosher salt
2 T Butter
a splash of milk
a dash of Nutmeg

2 Granny Smith Green Apples
1 T Dark Brown Sugar
2 T Butter
¼ cup Walnuts or Pecans (optional)

Place sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with cool water. Add Kosher salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender and the skins start to split. Carefully lift sweet potatoes out of water and allow to cool until they can be handled without burning yourself.

While sweet potatoes are cooking, peel and slice the apples. Saute with the butter and brown sugar. Cook slowly until just tender. If using nuts add them to the apples and stir.

Mash the peeled sweet potatoes with the butter add the nutmeg and a splash of milk if needed. Top with the sauted apples and nuts.

This can be made ahead and reheated in the oven or microwave.
Wednesday - Chicken Pot Pie
There was enough for dinner and lunch the next day.

Thursday – Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing

½ cup Peanut or Canola Oil
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup Rice Vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1-2 tsps Sesame Oil

Blend together and refrigerate to thicken.

Chicken Salad on Honey Wheat Rolls for lunches
As recommended by SB - Thanks!


Nana's Prairie Bread
Nana's Prairie Bread

I froze some of the broth and I used some to make the gravy for the chicken pot pie.  Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the nice rich broth.  Believe me you can't beat it.  Roasting the bones (not burning) until golden brown makes all the difference in the world.

Now that is a whole lot of food - Not bad for 3 cheap chickens.

Btw, the the Prairie Bread, above, is to die for. It is my latest addition to my bread rotation and is quickly becoming a favorite in my little bread baking world.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread with Chicken Salad
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Nana's Prairie Bread
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Roasted Chicken, green beans and German Potato Sald
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Sweet Potatoes with Sauted Apples
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Chicken Pot Pie
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Chinese Chicken Salad
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Aug. 20, 2010 6:47 pm
I love blogs that help me learn how to do something different and to economize my shopping/cooking. I will refer to this to get me going on chicken.
Aug. 20, 2010 6:47 pm
That's a great return on your investment. The sweet potatoes look good, too. Don't you love it when there's enough of something leftover for the next day's lunch?
Aug. 20, 2010 6:51 pm
Yummy! Great pics Nana!! I love making broth/stock out of the "leftovers" of the Rotisserie Chicken! Great buy also! I'm assessing my freezer space for potential "deals" :) ♥
Aug. 20, 2010 6:59 pm
Thanks Maureen - there is so much that can be done with whole chickens - even more with one already cooked. Hezzy, we love those sweet potatoes and surprisingly so do the Pickys. I am a huge "left over" person. Pot pie for breakfast is OK by me. :)
Aug. 20, 2010 7:01 pm
Thanks LS - I love deals like this and although it is great to freeze whole chicken I prefer to clean them out - cut out the back bone and then freeze them or cook them. So much easier to defrost. :)
Aug. 20, 2010 7:22 pm
Wow! They eat chicken every day??? You are a saint to come up with such variety for them.
Aug. 20, 2010 7:34 pm
They do eat chicken or turkey everyday....they do like Shrimp but not fish. Shrimp can get pricey so they order that maybe once every couple of weeks.
Aug. 20, 2010 7:36 pm
DH is pretty picky, too, sometimes. But he liked the Thai Chicken Salad recipe I got from a Betty Crocker post. We had it last night in pitas. If you or they are alright with cilantro, it is a shared weblink in my recipe box.
Aug. 20, 2010 7:37 pm
Thanks Hezzy. I will check it out!
Aug. 20, 2010 7:44 pm
HA!!! I've learned to eat before looking at blogs like your's! All of it looks great!!!!!!!!!
Aug. 20, 2010 8:02 pm
Thanks Cat!
Aug. 20, 2010 8:17 pm
Amazing, as always! Thanks, BN! :)
Aug. 20, 2010 8:30 pm
Thanks Marianne - good thing hubby and I like chicken too!
Aug. 20, 2010 9:06 pm
BN: Beautiful! Gotta love that Sticky Rotisserie Chicken. My favorite way to use the leftovers is Holiday Chicken Salad. Have you provided us less-accomplished cooks with a tutorial about how to remove the backbone in the chicken?
Aug. 20, 2010 9:08 pm
Love your blog and your recipes! I saved the bread recipe, it sure does look and sound good! I love a good buy on chicken too and love to make broth with the bones for soup and noodles!!
Aug. 20, 2010 9:26 pm
Bikerfamily - I will have my daughter help me with photos as chicken hands and an expensive camera don't mix. It isn't hard and actually there is an easy spot to cut down the sides of the back bone. I will work on getting a blog posted about this. Need help though.
Aug. 20, 2010 9:28 pm
Grannygigi - you will LOVE this bread. OMG - so good. There is so much to do with whole chicken! Chicken and noodles! Now there is a good one!
Aug. 21, 2010 1:35 am
Rotisserie chickens have saved the day for me so many times. I've always bought whole chickens unless the price of BS chicken breasts was really good, I normally am too cheap to pay for somebody else to cut up my chicken. Have never roasted the carcass however and going to give that a try. My frozen chicken stock is getting low and this would be an excellent addition. That bread looks heavenly. Great pix and yet again, another great blog!
Aug. 21, 2010 4:54 am
Thanks BN for another informational & beautiful blog. Your talents are most enviable!!!
Aug. 21, 2010 6:05 am
BN, chicken is so wonderful to make/invent new ideas-almost as versatile as ground beef. Thanks for the new bread recipe-saved it-making your focaccia bread again today. The weather is damp and dreary here so I need some comfort food:)
Aug. 21, 2010 6:26 am
SouthernGma - Thanks for stopping in. IMHO whole chicken or at least chicken with the bones are more flavorful than BLSL. Glad you are going to try roasting the bones, you won't be disappointed.
Aug. 21, 2010 6:27 am
Thanks so much Maggi. You are very kind. Good food doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
Aug. 21, 2010 6:29 am
redneck gramma - I agree chicken is wonderful - so many things you can do with it. Cool, damp weather? I wish - It will be 95 here today and I am still baking more Prairie bread. :) Thanks for stopping in.
Aug. 21, 2010 6:49 am
This was a great blog and the pictures are beautiful!! I LOVE it when I find whole chickens on sale for a great price. A few months ago one of our stores actually had them for 49 cents a pound!! I wanted to buy six of them, but I only had freezer space for four. The great thing about a whole chicken is that I can make at least four meals out of one $3.00 bird. The Roast Sticky Chicken spice rub is one of my favorites, too. Try putting the bird in the crock pot with that seasoning sometime! I add a little chicken broth (maybe 2 cups) and then let it go on low for about 10 hours. I end up with tons of beautifully moist meat and some of the best stock in the world. I chill it in the fridge so the fat will congeal and then it can be scraped off. The best part about this method is I can also roast the carcass and use it for MORE stock.
Aug. 21, 2010 7:07 am
Good morning Keri - thanks for stopping in. I love the chicken in the crock pot too.
Aug. 21, 2010 7:14 am
Thank you BN. I printed the Sweet potatoes and apples. Cna't wait to try it. The roasted chicken has my mouth watering and here it's 10am! Thank you for sharing
Aug. 21, 2010 7:20 am
Those sweet potatoes and apples are one of my favorite. At Thanksgiving I make them with a little pumpkin pie spice - so yummy. Thanks for stopping in luv2cook.
Aug. 21, 2010 9:48 am
Nana, I've heard good things about the sticky roast chicken (I can't remember the exact name) but the word "sticky" has always kept me away. I don't want my chicken sticky. Yours looks so delicious, though, that I think I'm going to have to try it. It's not really sticky, right?
Aug. 21, 2010 9:51 am
CP - I use the seasoning and then roast as normal. I have done the slow roast and no it isn't sticky.
Aug. 21, 2010 1:09 pm
I love the sweet potato idea. Maybe I could get my Mr. Picky to try it. Wants to eat healthy but doesn't understand that I can't magically transform all his greasy favorites with no vegetables or fruit into healthy meals without changing the taste at least a little! Thanks for the idea!
Aug. 21, 2010 1:16 pm
LOL - Red! Your Mr. Picky sounds a lot like the Mr Picky I cook for! These are truly great sweet potatoes! Thanks for stopping by.
Aug. 22, 2010 8:49 am
Hi BN - what a great job! It all looks abso-deeee-lish.
Aug. 22, 2010 9:38 am
Thanks so much Phil. I want some of that Rack of Lamb you made. :)
Aug. 23, 2010 6:41 am
Wow, that looks fantastic! I eat a lot of chicken here because my guy loves it. But, it is expensive!! I just paid US dollars $11.50 for one chicken. Makes me want to cry! I bet ya anything Mr & Mrs Picky will change their minds soon. I get sick of chicken.
Aug. 23, 2010 6:58 am
$11.50 for ONE chicken? I would cry too. I have heard so much about Beef from Argentina, one day I'm going to get there. :) Thanks for stopping in.
Aug. 23, 2010 7:20 am
The beef is great, but I get sick of that too. I love pork but that also is expensive and hard to get. Well, if you ever get down this way look me up.
Aug. 23, 2010 8:57 am
Yay! Thanks for the ideas; these all look so yummy. I can't wait to find chickens on sale so I can steal all of your recipes. Thanks, BN!
Aug. 23, 2010 9:02 am
Thanks Rebecca. I love the challenge of making one main ingredient into many really different meals. :)
Aug. 24, 2010 1:22 am
My Mr. Picky won't eat anything with a roux, sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt (except tandoori chicken), cottage cheese, cream sauce, tomatoes (except spaghetti), any cooked vegetable other than potato, broth , chili, mushrooms, olives, gravy or anything with "goo" on it. I'd love a 1 person chicken pot pie recipe. AAAAARG!!!! Thanks for letting me vent.
Aug. 25, 2010 6:47 am
Oh tika - that must be so hard. I think I would throw in the towel!
Aug. 25, 2010 11:36 pm
Oh I feel so much better reading this BN! Will definitely be trying the recipes. I'm really big on chicken too. On Sunday I cooked Cashew Chicken, on Monday Hainanese Chicken Rice, yesterday was Claypot Chicken Rice. Tonight I took pity on my family and ordered gourmet pizzas delivery... I think my husband and 2 kids still love me =)
Aug. 26, 2010 9:42 am
yingaling - Your chicken recipes sound so good! Hainanese Chicken Rice? You need to write that up as a personal recipe so you can share it with me! Cashew Chicken is my hubby's favorite! Come on - share! I have a couple more chickens calling my name!
Aug. 27, 2010 7:22 pm
Well I've never posted any recipe before, but I'll try... =) School starting next week (my babies going to school!!!!!) so will attempt over the Labor Day weekend!!
Aug. 30, 2010 9:42 am
Thanks so much yingaling! Looking forward to seeing your recipes!
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