I mentioned earlier about buying the two chickens at Walmart. The cost was $13.30 for both them so the cost for one was $6.65. I boiled one with onions, celery, carrots and other seasonings. After cooling, I picked the meat off the bone.
The two jars – one has meat and broth and one just has broth. I’ll use those two tomorrow to make dumplings. That will make enough for two meals. By the way, for dumplings, I just like the broth and the dumplings, not the chicken.
The two containers of meat each have a bit of broth. I made cheddar bay biscuits tonight so I’ll make a pot pie casserole with those leftover biscuits on top using one container and I’ll make chicken enchiladas with the other container of meat. That’s at least five meals from one chicken for about $6.30 plus whatever else goes into it.
I seasoned the other chicken, put it on top of two onions that had been peeled and halved in the slow cooker on low for 4 hours. Below is what it looked like when it was time to take it out of the slow cooker. There was still some pink in the juices so I didn’t bother to check the temp. I knew it wasn’t done.
I halved it, put half in the air fryer on air fry at 400 for 20 minutes. By then, it looked perfect but everything else wasn’t ready so I switched the air fryer to “keep warm” and left it probably another 20 minutes.
This was a super inexpensive meal. Half of a $6.65 chicken is about $3.30; the rice is a packet of rice pilaf. Vince found a box of 12 packets of rice pilaf for $3 at the pallet store so 25 cents each. The broccoli is half of a bunch that I got on sale for 86 cents because it was about to start looking sad. I have no idea what the biscuits cost to make . . not much.
It’s amazing how inexpensive a meal can be or how terribly expensive it can be – just depends on what we find to cook.