Today I am sharing how we eat frugal organic chicken on a budget and a recipe for crock-pot seasoned drumsticks. This is the most frugal way I know at this time to get organic chicken.
At the end of last year I stopped buying organic whole chickens. I had been buying them all year at Costco where they were $2.49/lb. which is a great price for organic whole chickens. I really thought buying a whole chicken was the most economical way of eating chicken. And I still do think that…mostly. Now I definitely believe buying the whole organic chicken is the cheapest way to get your hands on some white meat. If you buy them independently, organic chicken breasts can be about $5.99/lb. That’s a lot of money! So to pay $2.49/lb. to get the chicken breasts and dark meat is pretty good. Plus you end up with organic bones to make a bone broth. Can’t beat that.
Growing up we had drumsticks a lot, and honestly I prefer drumsticks. Dark meat has more flavor, and there is flavor in the bones. Even Iron Chef, Michael Simon agrees! Anyway, last fall I started buying the organic drumsticks at our Pacific Northwest Costco for $1.89/lb. Since then Costco has raised the price to $1.99/lb., but I still think it’s a bargain if you compare them to the price of conventional chicken breasts which can typically cost more than $2/lb. So, I would make Crock-pot Barbecue Drumsticks–just drumsticks and barbecue sauce. We would end up with leftovers since there three packages totaling over 5 lbs., and I would just go ahead and cook them all. Then I started shredding the leftover chicken for other meals and freeze the bones for bone broth.
The shredded chicken becomes a quick source of protein as it is ready to throw in so many recipes for the week. Or I can freeze meal sized portions. I find myself sometimes leaving the chicken on the bone so I can give it to JSarr as a quick portable protein for lunch.
Some of the recipes I use the shredded chicken for are:
- Crock-pot Chicken & Dumplings
- 10 Crock-pot Freezer Meals for $5.64 a Meal
- Crock-pot Chicken or Veggies with Vegan Thai Peanut Sauce
- Fettuccine Alfredo, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, G-F option
- Crock-pot Orange Ginger Chicken
- Crock-pot Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free
- Spicy Ginger Sauce Recipe with Veggies
- Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie, G-F option, Dairy-Free (No Cream of…Cans)
- Crock-pot Turkey or Chicken Tetrazzini & 10 Other Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas
- Applebee’s-Inspired Oriental Chicken Salad
- Crock-pot White Bean Chili with a Lime Option
- Healthified Raw Alfredo Sauce Recipe
- Crock-Pot or Not Super Quick Tortilla Soup
- Easy Stir Fry Recipe
- Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Salad
- Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Crock-Pot or Not Chicken Taquitos Recipe
- Easy 4 Ingredient Pizza
- Crock-Pot Lasagna (I usually use chicken instead of ground beef or sausage)
- Crock-Pot Chili Recipe
- Easy Turkey or Chicken Nachos Recipe
- Crock-Pot Enchilada Recipe
- Slow Cooker Chicken or Turkey Enchilada Soup
And the chicken is just great if it is crock-potted twice, by the way.
Crock-pot Seasoned Drumsticks
- Place a thin layer of water on the bottom of the crock-pot.
- Place chicken in the bottom of the crock-pot.
- Season meat as desired.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours.
Have you made your own Montreal Steak Seasoning? It’s just 4 ingredients!
Have you tried Crock-pot Barbecue Drumsticks?
Do you have any tips and tricks for eating organic meat on a budget?
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