Roasted Chicken for Easy Weeknight Meals

Roasted Chicken for Easy Weeknight Meals

To make my life easier, I like to do as much cooking ahead as possible.  I’ve mentioned roasting chicken before, but I thought I would show exactly how I do it.  I learned this method from Short Stop Blog a while ago, and it has definitely given me so many options for throwing a meal together at the last minute.  I’ve made fried rice, Thai curries, tacos and nachos, pot pies, soups and casseroles with this chicken straight out of the freezer.

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I buy a large package of fresh chicken breasts from Walmart for about $10 ($1.99/lb everyday price).  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Trim any fat off the chicken and place it in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cover with foil and bake for an hour.

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Take two forks and shred it up, or you can dice into cubes or slices if you prefer.  Sometimes I do both and freeze separately for different applications.  Bag it up in freezer bags and store for a quick prep for a meal.

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I also use the juices that come off to flavor dishes.  I made chicken pot pie tonight and stirred in the juices to make the sauce.  It has so much flavor!

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This bowl will probably turn into chicken salad tomorrow for sandwiches.  Or maybe some chicken quesadillas after stirring in taco sauce or buffalo sauce.  Decisions…decisions!

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Hope this makes your life a little easier and tastier!

JulieBird

 

 

Comments

  1. Thanks, Julie! I get intimidated by cooking – and what to do with chx once I’ve bought it. It sits in the fridge, ticking like a time bomb, taunting me: “you better do something with me before I go bad!” But, I’ll hold of until I am ready to do a recipe. Or… I’ll freeze it all when I bring it home only to realize in step 3 of a recipe that I need cooked chx – and all of mine is sitting in the freezer, uncooked and solid as a rock. :-) Obviously, I need to plan ahead more! Anyway, this looks like the perfect solution to my chx conundrum! I am going to try it next time I buy chx!k

    • Katie, I’m so glad this helps you! I’ll have to post some of my easy and quick meals I make with this chicken soon.

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