One of my favorite recipes is to simply take a whole chicken between 5-6lbs, wad up 4 balls of foil to set it on and place it in the crock pot with a simple seasoning on it. I love to get a whole chicken when it is on sale for 99 cents a pound or less. Using the tips below you can feed a family of 4 or less for a week spending about $5 on meat for dinners.
Doing this in the crock pot takes all day but the chicken stays incredibly tender.
Here is my simple routine for what to do with a cooked chicken:
Pull whole chicken out of the crock pot and place on cutting board. Replace crock pot liner with new one and as you slice the chicken off the bone place the bones in the crock pot to make stock.
Here are several different options for serving up your chicken,
1) serve roasted chicken :)
2) shred chicken and add to a pasta casserole or rice casserole
3) chicken pot pie
4) pizza topping (BBQ Chix pizza anyone?)
5) soup! I made olive garden's chicken and gnocchi soup and homemade chicken noodle soup
6) tacos, enchiladas, burritos
7) kale ceasar wraps, southwest chicken wraps
8) salad toppings
9) chicken bruchetta bake
10) satay chicken pasta
12) chicken fried rice, chicken lo mein, chicken egg rolls
Now, in addition to this, you have at least 8 cups of chicken stock, which can be used for the risotto, soup, or added to the freezer for later.