Pretty much every week there's one of these in my grocery cart coming home with us. At Costco they are $4.99. $4.99!! WHAT!? Each time this bad boy comes home with us he has a future life in three meals:
Meal #1 - I slice off a breast, a leg and a thigh and serve those alongside a roasted vegetable and some Artisan Bread or rice. My current favorite veggies are roasted broccoli and roasted kale:
Roasted broccoli and/or kale
- Pre-heat oven to 425.
- Wash and chop two heads of your green veggie (I like to separate the broccoli head from the stem and peel/chop the stem as well - it's delicious - don't waste it!)
- Spread on a baking sheet and drizzle with a healthy coat of olive oil, sprinkle with salt
- Roast for 10 minutes, shake the pan around to turn the veg and roast 5 more minutes or until just starting to brown. (For kale, usually 12 minutes is enough, just keep your eye on it)
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium saucepan or dutch oven (I use my dutch oven for everything) bring broth to a boil.
- Add potato, carrot, onion, thyme, salt and pepper (add more salt than you think you need if you're a novice cook - I find lots of my recipes that don't taste quite right just need more salt)
- Simmer 15 minutes or until veggies are soft
- While they simmer, whisk the milk and flour together.
- Slowly add the mixture to the vegetables, stirring until thickened.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in chicken and peas.
- Pour filling into a pie plate, cover with pie crust and cut a few slits in the top
- Paint with egg wash
- Bake 25-30 minutes, until filling is bubbly.
Homemade Chicken Broth
- Throw the carcass of the chicken you've just picked apart into a large stock pot and cover with cold water.
- Add in the tops of carrots, the skin of onions and/or garlic and any wilted celery you have laying around.
- For good measure add two bay leaves. Or don't. It's optional, this isn't supposed to be stressful.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for HOURS. This is the important part. I don't know if it's possible to simmer a broth for too long. Is it?? I usually leave mine simmering from whenever I started dinner (6ish) til bedtime (10ish)
- After several hours, pour the broth out through a strainer and into a waiting tupperware container (or two, or three).
- Leave on the counter overnight and in the morning, skim the fat that comes to the surface.
- Pop in the fridge for use in a soup later that week or freeze in 1 cup portions to make cooking simple later on down the road.