But back to the chicken. Ian is a vegetarian, and while he will eat chicken broth, he doesn't do the meaty bits. I do better if I get some animal protein on a regular basis; we're raising Caitlyn to eat what's available, be that chicken, fish, cheese, beans, or noodles. What I have been doing is getting boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cutting them in half and freezing those. Half a breast cooks to enough meat for 2 chicken salad sandwiches, sometimes two and a half. Sometimes I'll put chicken on the plate for Caitlyn's and my dinner, while Ian gets extra starch and veggies.
I think I can get farmers' market chicken whole or cut up, and I might be able to get less than a whole chicken. But here's what I need to figure out (and this might not be possible until the end of April):
- If I cook up all the meat at once, will portions freeze and then thaw into edible sandwich makings?
- If I have to get a full chicken, how do I split it up so that I don't have to cook it all at once?
- And what do I do with the bones post-cooking to get chicken broth out of them?
Input from more accomplished chicken cookers and eaters welcome!