This is the second of a series of articles that I am writing for Culinary Kosher, a beautiful Kosher cooking website.
The Best Chicken Dinner – With a Low Price To Match
I have the tastiest and easiest recipe for Barbecue Chicken that I am so excited to share with my readers on Culinary Kosher and The Kosher Shop-a-holic. The best part about this recipe is that it feeds your whole family, generously, for around $7 – $8!
Here’s the big money saving tip. Use a whole kosher chicken. Whole chickens are much less expensive than cut up chickens – often $1.00 per pound less than a cut up chicken. A whole 3lb roaster can run between $6.50 to $7.50 and goes a long way. I’ve found that the Costco frozen Empire chickens tend to be the least expensive roasters around; although with the loyalty rewards program from one of my local Kosher markets, a whole chicken runs me around the same price as Costco’s. A whole chicken is also much juicier than a cut-up one and contains a lot more meat per pound when cooked. By buying a whole chicken instead of a cut-up one, you can save around $3.00 per chicken.
Whole chickens are often intimidating, so people tend to pay the extra cash for the cut-up version. Here’s a little trick to make whole chickens less threatening. Use a kitchen searing scissor to clean it – just cut away the extra fat and skin with the kitchen scissor in 1 minute flat. Then wash the chicken and prepare it whole, with a good recipe like the one below.
Here’s the recipe
Place the whole, cleaned chicken into an aluminum pan. Pour on store bought barbecue sauce (about half a bottle) and honey (about 2 tablespoons to cover the chicken). Turn on your barbecue - two back burners on and front burner off. When its nice and hot (350 – 375 degrees Farenheit) place the chicken in the aluminum pan onto the front of the barbecue. Close the lid of the barbecue and let it cook for 1.5 – 2.00 hours. That’s it!
If you’ve used my 7 Steps to Kosher Savings strategy you’ve bought your barbecue sauce on sale for well under $1.00 - so the entire dish costs you about $7.00 and feeds a family of six generously. I usually serve it with some baked potatoes which can be placed directly on the barbecue while the chicken is cooking.
This will be the juiciest, tastiest, finger-licking chicken you will ever make. In my house, we eat the bones its so tasty! And so incredibly easy on the budget and your time!
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