Thursday, February 20, 2014

What kind of CHICKEN are you?

At a recent Young Women activity (girls from our church that are 12-18) we made white chicken chili.  It was interesting that not ONE of the girls would touch the pile of cooked chicken legs ready to be deboned and deskinned.  Not one.  Maybe the act of pulling bone from muscle just made the chicken a little too . . . alive . . . in their mind.

I've found that there are those people who are the classic boneless/skinless type.  Won't touch a full-fledged turkey carcass with a ten foot pole.  And I've got to say there are times when boneless/skinless is definitely the way to go.  For instance when you have 60 lbs of chicken to cook and put in the freezer for an upcoming family reunion.  Boneless skinless is the only way to go. Why? Two words: KITCHEN AID!  Mom (mother of all things frugal here) recently showed me that you can put cooked boneless/skinless chicken breasts in the kitchen aid with a regular mixer attachment, turn it on low, and come back 10 seconds later to perfectly shredded chicken.  LIFE CHANGER!!

But I've got to give it to the good ole split chicken breast.  Cheaper. On sale I can get it for about $1.29 versus a sale of $1.59 for boneless/skinless.** And then you add on the extra money you save from not having to buy chicken broth.  You can simply put some onions, carrots, celery, salt, and a bay leaf into the cooking water and when you're done cooking that chicken you've got a beautiful chicken broth ready to be strained and stored for your next soup.

So what kind of chicken are you? Boneless, skinless or split chicken breast?

For the Kitchenaid shredded chicken tip start with cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 

Put them in the Kitchenaid with the regular cookie dough attachment on lowest speed. Mix for about a minute until they are shredded to your desired shreddidness. :-) 

Put in freezer bags in serving size portions and save for a busy night. 
**Boneless/skinless chicken breasts were on sale at our Aldis ( for $1.59 this week.  (Sorry Utah people, Aldis is global, but hasn't made it's way over the Rockys yet.) Aldis is a great cheap option if you're willing to bag your own groceries and all that jazz, which I am.  But I have to say I could have kissed the cashier when she offered to help put groceries on the belt and back into the cart. Maybe it was the shopping cart exploding with 60 lbs of chicken breast, 7 gallons of milk, 30 lbs of potatoes, 4 dozen eggs, etc. etc. along with Baby Boy asleep in a carrier on my chest, Helper Girl, Big Boy, and Buddy Boy that prompted the act of kindness.  Made my day! That and the cable repair guy who stopped to help me shovel my van out of my own driveway when it got stuck hanging out onto Main Street because I couldn't get all those pounds of groceries and kids over the snow-covered driveway. Still lots of good in this world!


  1. Frugal Mom needs to give credit where it is due. It was one of the Utah Frugal Sisters that showed me how to shred chicken. I just brought the idea east and shared it.

  2. I'm totally all over making turkey broth with my turkey bones, but I'd never considered it with chicken. I'll have to reconsider bone-in!


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