Don’t you love it when you find a great sale, stock up, and can eat cheaply for weeks and weeks? Well, here’s your chance!
This week Brookshire’s has chicken split breasts on sale. A split breast is the kind of chicken that has the bone still in. And it’s split because what we call chicken breasts are really breast halves—a full breast has two big meaty sections.
Being big pieces of chicken, with bones still in, split breasts take longer to cook. If you freeze them as they are, they’ll also take a while to thaw. So to best use this sale, you might want to think ahead and do a little prep work. Here are a couple ideas:
Cook in advance. Place split breasts in a single layer on a baking sheet—as many as you can fit in the pan. Bake about 45 minutes at 375° F.—until the chicken is done. Now you can shred or chop this cooked meat, put in individual-sized freezer bags and fill your freezer with ready-to-use chicken meat. That’s more convenient than a rotisserie chicken! Enchiladas, soup, stir fries, you name it: just add the other ingredients and you’re good to go!
Season in advance. Take several split breasts (however many you need for one meal) and season them—sprinkle on fajita seasoning, or a roasting blend of thyme, basil and rosemary. Slide these pieces in a freezer bag, add a few chopped onions and peppers and stash in the deep freeze. Now, when you’re ready to cook, you’ve got the prep work all taken care of! Just bake and serve.
Use them now. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it really works out to your advantage. Make soup: place several split breasts in a pot of water with onions, carrots and celery; simmer until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken and cut the meat up. Add more veggies, some noodles…….and you have soup!
And the same goes for roasted breasts. Fix some for dinner, but fix twice as much as you need. Freeze the rest, or save a day or two to use as a second dinner.
When you get a great price on chicken, you’re smart to take advantage of it. What’s your secret for getting maximum mileage out of split breasts?