Two Chicken Dinners
I had purchased a couple of organic chickens from Costco not long ago. I wanted to make the most of them when I served them, considering what I paid for them! Here was my menu plan for using one of the chickens to feed the 7 us for two different meals.
On Monday I put a chicken in the crockpot to slowly cook all day. The recipe was very simple, I called it Hawaiian Chicken:
Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken
1 whole chicken, about 4 lbs.
1- 20oz can crushed pineapple
2T soy sauce
1T minced garlic
4 or 5 chopped mini peppers (you could use ½ of a green or red pepper)
¼ c water
Place chicken in crockpot. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Let cook on low for 6 or 7 hours.
I served this meal with brown rice and spooned the sauce from the chicken over the rice. I also added a nice big green salad with homemade ranch dressing.
When the meal was over I removed the rest of the meat from the chicken and put that in the fridge along with the leftover rice.
Two days later I made my next meal with the leftover chicken and rice. It was chicken burritos.
Here is what I did….
I always buy and have on hand 3 main things from Costco: a bag of mini sweet peppers, a large container of mushrooms and a bag of sweet onions. I can’t believe how many meals can be dressed up with these veggies.
For this meal I first began by chopping up a sweet onion, several peppers and a few mushrooms. I heated up my cast iron frying pan and added a little butter and then tossed in the veggies and let them cook until they were nice and soft and starting to brown…
Then I put them in a bowl, wiped out my frying pan, heated it up again and added a little more butter. I put in my leftover chicken that I had chopped up and about 2 1/2 to 3 cups of brown rice (this amount could vary a lot depending on how many people you are serving). I cooked this until it was nice and hot and then added about a 1/2 cup of salsa. I let this heat up a little more and then put it into a serving dish.
For the rest of the meal I pulled out shredded cheddar cheese and whole wheat tortillas so everyone could fill their own burrito. I served extra salsa on the side and added another big green salad to the meal and it was a huge hit with the family. They ate every bit of it!
I was glad to have been able to turn this one 4lb chicken into two meals for my family.