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Easy Cooked Chicken Hindquarters

Every week I scan the grocery ads for good deals.  Every week there are usually a few deals that really stand out.  This past week one of those deals was at our local Fareway.

They had 10 pound bags of chicken hindquarters for only 59¢ a pound.  That’s a great price and I instantly new what I wanted to do; get a bag, cook it all, and freeze the cooked meat for later.

10 pound bag of chicken hindquarters from Fareway

It’s really easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time.  To start, I put the entire 10 pounds of chicken in a large pot.  I use our big canning pot. It easily holds 10 pounds of chicken.  In fact, I’ve cooked 20 pounds in it.

Fill the pot with enough water to cover the chicken, place on the stove, and bring to a boil.

Chicken hindquarters in a pot

Then cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer.

Let the chicken simmer until the internal temperature in the thigh reaches 165 degrees.  I’ve never really timed it to be exact.  It’s usually 30 – 45 minutes.  I use the time to multitask and do other things.

Tonight while the chicken was cooking we made a big pot of rice to freeze for later, cleaned the sink, and hand washed all the dishes that had been piling up on the counter.

Once the chicken is cooked, use tongs to remove it from the water and place on a cookie sheet to cool.

Pan of cooked chicken hindquarters

You may be tempted to dive right in and start pulling the chicken off but trust me… I know from experience (and minor burns) that you need to let it cool a bit.

When it’s cool, remove the fat from each hindquarter, pull the chicken off, and cut into bite size pieces.

Cutting up cooked chicken hindquarters

You’ll end up with a big pile of cooked chicken that you can bag up in whatever amounts you want.

Pan of cut up cooked chicken hindquarters

We usually put 3 cups of cooked chicken per quart freezer bag. Tonight’s effort yielded 4 bags… each with 3 cups of chicken.  At the 59¢ per pound that we paid it ended up being $1.50 a bag.  Quite the bargain for minimal effort.

Bagged cooked chicken hindquarters

30-45 minute cook time.  15 minutes to cool.  30 minutes to cut up and bag.

These freezer bags full of cooked chicken are easy to thaw out and use in:

  • Stir-fry
  • BBQ chicken sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Enchiladas
  • Chicken Nachos

A few quick notes:

You can add aromatics, herbs, and root vegetables to the pot when boiling the chicken for added flavor.  This water then makes a great broth for soup.

Make sure you discard the leftover chicken bones and fat in your outside garbage can.  It can really stink up your house if left in the inside trash for a day or two. Don’t ask me how I know. 😉

Have you done this before? What dishes do you use the cooked chicken in?

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Personalized Pasta Salad

We’ve had a really busy Summer.  There’s the usual work schedule… but there’s also been dance, drill team and sports practices, driver’s ed, and band camp.  Plus, a handful of various appointments and committee meetings.

When we get really busy and are all headed in different directions at different times it’s good to have quick, easy, and healthy meals ready to go.  A favorite of ours this Summer has been personalized pasta salads.

It’s more of a recipe idea instead of an actual recipe and it’s really quite simple.  We make a big bowl of plain pasta to keep in the refrigerator… along with all sorts of things to mix in with the pasta and different bottled salad dressings.

Personalized Pasta Salad Ingredients

Then, whenever we need a quick meal, we can each make a personalized pasta salad to our liking.  Just and some pasta to a bowl, add our favorite mix ins, and stir with our dressing of choice.

Personalized Pasta Salad

Here are some of our favorite things to have on hand:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Ham chunks
  • Pepperoni
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrot chips
  • Peas
  • Hard cooked eggs
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Red onions
  • Shredded cheese or cheese chunks
  • Leaf spinach
  • Olives

What would you add to make the perfect “Personalized Pasta Salad”?

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