What to do with 6 chicken breasts and one afternoon.

Chicken/veg stock bottle and cubed. House is smelling great!
Chicken/veg stock bottled and cubed. House is smelling great!

Only 6 bottles left so it’s time to make more chicken stock. Our original was just the juices left over after roasting a chicken with a couple of onions and a carrot thrown in for flavor, then frozen in baggies…we have evolved.

Now we start by deboning six chicken breast halves, leaving some meat on for the stock. We take the boneless meat and cut it in large pieces for our buttermilk marinated fried chicken (recipe to follow).

Next we take the breast bones and put them with some carrots, onions, turnips and dried oregano, boil until cooked. Once everything is cooked we take the rest of the meat off the bones, take out some of the carrot and turnip from the stock, mix that with some cubed potato and salt and pepper. That gives us a lovely chicken soup, 2nd meal from the same effort.

Chicken vegetable stew
Chicken vegetable soup

Then the stock and vegetables are pureed, poured hot into pint jars and pressure cooked for 20 minutes. Cooking with a pressure cooker was scary at first, like cooking with a bomb, really. We blew the first safety gasket and now never leave it unattended. Lesson learned. Let the jars cool in the cooker then it’s off to the cold room with them. We did this with beef stock(the side effect of making meat pies) and just add noodles for a quick and easy lunch. It should work just as well with the chicken, giving us a 3rd meal from the same effort, loving it.

Our cooker holds 7 pints so the left over goes into ice cube trays to be added to rice or anything needing a flavor boost. Easy trick for all kinds of things we make; pizza sauce, soy sauce substitute,beef stock…anything you might use in small quantities but takes a bit of effort to make.

It makes for a good afternoon and evening of cooking but with so much to show for you can’t help but smile.

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3 thoughts on “What to do with 6 chicken breasts and one afternoon.

  1. I liked your story about the pressure cooker. I learned to use the pressure cooker when I was 12 or 13. It was the old type with a pressure gauge (keep it at 15 or it will blow up) and on an old wood stove too. I had one incident with it when I removed the cover before all the pressure was out. The cover flew and so did some of the ingredients of our stew I was making for dinner. Jessie always told me that there were carrots on the ceiling but I don’t remember that.

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