Friday, December 7, 2007

Chicken Ready

Did you know that there are about 23 grams of protein in one serving (1/2 cup) of diced cooked chicken? Did you know that 20 - 25 grams of protein is really all your body should have at any one meal?

The other day I spent $5.11 on a package of chicken breasts with ribs attached. They were 99 cents/pound. There were 6 breasts in the package. I cooked them in my slow cooker on high for 3 1/2 hours. I had some onion, carrot and celery in the pot also. I sprinkled fresh ground pepper and some Mrs. Dash Herb Onion blend on the chicken before I put the lid on.
After they were cooked to yummy tenderness, I removed them from the pot and cooled them a bit and then chopped them up inot 1/2 inch cubes (removing the meat from the skinny rib bones.) and put them in a big bowl.

Here is what I did to get my chicken ready for future meals:

I got out my measuring cup and measured out one packed cup of chopped meat at a time and placed this one cup of meat into a ziploc freezer bag. That 1 cup will give John and me each our 1/2 cup serving.
I ended up with 8 bags. A cup of meat in each bag I smoothed out all the air and sealed them (labeling each one with a white sticker that said "12-4-07")and then I put all of them in a bigger freezer bag. And into the freezer they went, ready and waiting for me to pull them out and use them, one at a time. Unless we have company.
I just get a kick out of the fact that for $5.11 I got 16 servings of delicious white breast meat. This is about 32 cents a serving. Here is how I plan to use my chicken:

1. chicken curry meals
2. chicken fried rice meals
3. Chicken, cranberry, mayo sandwiches on whole grain bread
4. Hot BBQ chicken in buns
5. Chicken burritos (with beans, rice, cheese, etc.)
6. Chicken soup with rice, onion, and turnip greens. MMMmmm.