Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Planning my meals has helped quite a bit with the weeknight dinner time crunch. I used to always feel so rushed deciding what meal to make for my family. It needed to be a meal that wouldn’t take forever to make and one that they would all eat. My brood are picky eaters!
One food that we can all agree on is chicken. I never have to worry about my girls or John pushing food around on their plate pretending to eat when chicken is for dinner. I’m glad that they like chicken since we eat it often here. Chicken is both nutritious and versatile and there is a reason is it’s the #1 lean meat in Canada – it’s delicious any way you make it!
Usually when I buy a whole chicken, we eat it for dinner and then have leftovers the next day. The girls enjoy taking chicken sandwiches in their school lunches. As a mom, I like knowing they are eating nutritious foods and chicken is low in fat and high in protein.
The Chicken Farmers of Canada asked me to participate in their Two Chickens, Seven Days Challenge where I would make two whole chickens to feed my family for seven days. So instead of just eating the chicken as is like we had in the past, I made recipes for the entire week.
It can be done and is surprisingly easy! I realized just how many recipes chicken can be incorporated into!
After cooking my two chickens, I cut up all the meat, both dark and white, and put it in a resealable dish. As you can see it filled the entire dish and I was suprised just how much meat came off these chickens!
With a house full of people with colds, I knew the first recipe I wanted to make – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. My mom makes the best chicken noodle soup and I’ve been following her recipe for years.
It’s a basic recipe, but tastes so good especially after it’s been simmering for a couple hours on the stove! It always helps me feel better when I’m sick.
This recipe makes A LOT of soup so we had leftovers for this and ate it the next day too. That is two days taken care of for the challenge.
Here is a quick rundown of the rest of the week and how you can stretch your budget and plan your meals around two chickens!
- Day 1: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Day 2: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup or Easy Chicken Fried Rice (Try this recipe if there is no leftover soup)
- Day 3: Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli
- Day 4: Chicken Mustard Salad Sandwiches
- Day 5: Chicken Caesar Salad
- Day 6: Avocado, Beet and Chicken Tostadas
- Day 7: Chicken and Spinach Alfredo
There are lots more recipes on the Chicken Farmers of Canada website so take a look around if you would prefer to try different ones than I suggested. As you can see, a single chicken can be used so many different ways! From soups, stews, stocks, salads, sandwiches and more, I could sit here all day and rhyme off recipes to try using leftover chicken.
After working with the Chicken Farmers of Canada this past year, I’ve developed an appreciation for how hard our Canadian farmers work to provide us with delicious, high-quality chicken. When you go shopping at your local grocery store, make sure to look for chicken Raised by a Canadian Farmer.
When you buy Canadian chicken you can count on it being raised according to food safety and biosecurity standards through a mandatory national government-recognized on-farm food safety program. In addition, Canadian chicken farmers follow Chicken Farmers of Canada’s credible Animal Care Program with farmers audited annually for compliance. This program is supported by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and has a 95% certification rate.
How often do you eat chicken in your home?
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups cooked chicken
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
- 2 cups noodles, uncooked
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add all ingredients except the noodles to a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally for an hour.
- Add in noodles and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 1340mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g