Apr 12, 2008

7 Chicken and Turkey Tips and Ideas

I received the following free-to-share tips and ideas for using chicken. I cooked a LARGE turkey breast in my LARGE crock pot yesterday, and have already done some of the following with turkey, so know that these ideas work well for both:
  1. Learn to slice a whole chicken. Slicing one properly makes it easier to remove the rest of the meat from the bone. The skeleton can be used to create broth. Boil it in some water until the rest of the meat falls off.
  2. You can season the broth with herbs and spices. After it cools, pour it into jars for storage. You’ll be able to keep the broth for a few weeks. Use it to flavor soups and casseroles.
  3. Do your kids carry their lunches to school? Instead of buying lunch meat, slice leftover chicken breast for sandwiches. It will be a nice change from the usual lunch fare.
  4. On the weekends, instead of ordering a pizza or going to McDonald’s, use that chicken. Cube a few pieces to toss on top of a salad with some cheese and croutons. Combine with peppers and onions in a skillet to make filling for fajitas or soft tacos.
  5. Does your family like chicken pot pie? Add some of that chicken, along with vegetables (canned or frozen) and a can of creamed soup to a pie crust and you’ve got an instant dinner that takes less than an hour to prepare. It is a quick meal idea perfect for busy families. A salad on the side will make a complete and healthy dinner.
  6. Don’t settle for canned soup with small noodles. Make your own soup with juicy chicken pieces and wide egg noodles. That broth you jarred up will serve as a nice base and best of all it is already seasoned.
  7. Add wide egg noodles and sliced vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions to your soup. When the noodles are tender, add the chicken. Since it is already cooked it just needs to warn up. Ladle up a bowl for the sick and the healthy as a light weekend lunch.
If you aren't ready to use the meat of your chicken...or turkey...cut it up and put it in plastic zip lock bags, press out all the air before sealing, and freeze for future use.

Here's a different spin on a chicken pot pie, it's cooked in a crock pot, and, well, take a look:


  1. Chicken is my all time favourite dish.U have given nice tips I will surely try out all of them, which will make my girl friend happy.

  2. I"m always up for trying something new with chicken. I'm going to try this recipe for crock pot pie.

    I also didn't know that chicken broth would last that long in the fridge.

  3. Anonymous6:40 AM

    Hey Claudia,

    Have a question:"What were those biscuits used for the recipe?"
    In Australia, our terms/names vary to yours, so a Pie is usually referred to something we bake in the oven? I am guessing the 'pie', would be similar to a casserole/stew? Was hoping we'd get a sneak peek inside the crockpot!! lol That reminds me, must get my crockpot back off my sister!! :)

    Thanks for the chicken tips!