Sunday, July 5, 2015

What do you do with 80 pounds of chicken? Part 2

It has been two weeks since I conquered 80 pounds of chicken.  I have also had a chance to try a few of the recipes.  Many of the recipes I found on Pinterest.  I have linked each recipe to it's respective website (if possible).  

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos
I started out by putting 4 of the giant chicken breasts into my crockpot. I cooked them on high for 4 hours.  I added a little extra water (next time I would use chicken broth).  The chicken ended up sitting on warm for another hour.  I shredded it and made about 10 taquitos.  They were delicious but I was running out of steam so I used the rest of the shredded chicken in a couple of enchilada casseroles and then froze a cup or two of the shredded chicken to use later.  This shredded chicken had great flavor. I plan to make it again and use it in enchiladas or burritos.

Cori's Enchiladas & Enchilada Casserole
I made a 13x9 inch pan of Chicken Enchiladas using the recipe I created myself.  This meal is a favorite around my house.  It is the recipe that is most requested by the kids.  We cooked this pan up and ate it right away.

I also made 3 pans of Chicken Enchilada Casserole using the same ingredients and layering them into the pan rather than roll the tortillas into rolls. I used shredded chicken that I cooked in the crockpot. I cooked 4 of the giant chicken breasts in the crockpot with a couple of jars of home-canned salsa for 8 hours and then I shredded it with a fork. 

Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce (1 meal)
I made this meal the first night because I was dying to try it.  It tasted like a gourmet meal.  We ended up having plenty for leftovers.  I used 3 chicken breasts. I froze a couple of pieces of the leftover chicken because I wanted to find out if this would be a good freezer meal.  I will let you know soon!

Frozen Chicken Breasts (13 meals)
I did a quick freeze using a cookie sheet and 24 of the chicken breasts. I froze them for about 4 hours so that I could use my Food Saver and not have the juices get sucked up.  I made 8 packages with 3 breasts each. I also split some of the breasts into smaller pieces and created 5 other bags.  When I pull these out of the freezer I can do anything with them.

Cubed Chicken (3 meals)
The Zaycon Fresh Chicken has to be trimmed up a bit so as I was trimming I ended up with some smaller pieces of chicken that could be used for tacos, enchiladas, pesto, etc.  I decided to keep this separate from the rest and I bagged it up in one or two cup portions.  I even browned a cup of it so I can pull it out of the freezer and it is ready to eat or add to a recipe.

Canned Chicken Breasts (24 pints=24 meals)
I used my Presto Pressure Cooker and the recipe from my Ball Blue Book for Canning and Preserving book to can several chicken breasts.  I used about 21 breasts to get 24 pints.  I opened two jars the next day so we could try this and I was feeding four people.  I made a quick little Chicken Salad for sandwiches. I added a little chopped onion, bell pepper, carrot, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  It was delicious.


  1. Tonight I made your enchiladas and they were a big hit! So yummy! I used ground beef but want to use chicken next time. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Ground beef is a good choice! I am glad you enjoyed them.