Stovetop Chicken

This easy chicken dish is featured in our Planned Leftovers: Roast Chicken resource, which is a free bonus with either of our two dinner menu subscriptions (see links on the left). Learning how to make the best use of leftovers prevents waste and saves money. Whenever you have had chicken, particularly a rotisserie or roast chicken, pick the remaining meat off of the bones and make some broth with the bones and skin. Use the broth and leftover meat to make Stovetop Chicken, which can be adapted to whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Grilled Marinated Chicken for the Freezer

A feature of Menus4Moms menus is having food prep already done before dinner time, and one way we accomplish this is by bulk cooking and freezing chicken in meal-sized portions. Here is a wonderful recipe for cooking chicken in bulk. Have grilled chicken for dinner the night you cook it, then chop and freeze the leftovers in dated freezer bags. The longer the chicken marinates in this mixture, the more flavorful it will be.

Crockpot Orange Chicken

“This was a big hit, definitely making again!” Crockpot Orange Chicken is not only tasty but makes a beautiful dish. You’ll need a little extra prep time to get it started but if you cook it on high you could start it about 3 hours before dinnertime and have it ready when everyone gets home from their evening activities.

French Provencial Chicken

This recipe is inspired by David Lebovitz’ Roast Chicken with Caramelized Shallots. With just a few ingredients and little preparation, it is simple yet delicious. I chose skinless, boneless breasts to keep the dish low fat but you may use any kind of chicken you wish.

Easy Orecchiette Florentine

Tonight’s dinner was supposed to be Chicken Marsala but alas, my distracted nature had me running all over the grocery store for items needed for a science experiment and I didn’t realize until I got home that I forgot to get the mushrooms I needed. I didn’t want to head back to the store so I decided to figure something out using what I had on hand: pasta, a jar of roasted red peppers, grilled and chopped chicken in the freezer, an onion, some bacon, a jar of Alfredo sauce, and a bag of baby spinach that I had planned to use in a salad. Everyone loved it and the name was voted to be Orecchiette Florentine. Doesn’t it look yummy?

French Cranberry Chicken

French Cranberry Chicken is one quick and easy with only 4 ingredients. It can be prepared in the oven or in a crockpot. It is delicious with rice and a green vegetable like sautéed green beans, steamed broccoli, or grilled asparagus.

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