Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chicken Stock and a casserole

We've recently added a new recipe to our rotation. and it's a real budget stretcher.

It may seem like a lot of effort, but it's really not, and you get a lot of bang for your buck.

First, pull out your crockpot.

4-6 bone-in skin on chicken thighs (I get mine at Costco for 99 cents a pound)
3 carrots cut in chunks
3 onions cut in large chunks
3 stalks of celery chopped, including leaves
2-3 over ripe tomoatoes
6 cloves garlic
1T peppercorns
salt to taste

Dump all of this in your crockpot and cover it all with water. Let it simmer for about 10 hours.

Once it smells really good, strain out the veggies and chicken and save all the lovely [b]CHICKEN STOCK[/b] you just made! In my 7 qt crockpot, I can get about 10 C of broth. I freeze them in 2 C increments.

This poached chicken is very very tender and will just fall off the bones. You can substitute this for any recipe that calls for shredded cooked chicken. You can also freeze it.

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

2 C shredded cooked chicken
2 cans rotel tomatoes (do NOT use del monte as it doesn't have enough flavor)
1-2 limes
1 medium onion chopped
1 bag of tortilla chips crushed (or you do like I do and put all the broken chips from a couple bags worth in a ziploc bag and save them)
2C chicken stock
3 C sharp cheddar
sour cream

Place shredded chicken in a bowl. Juice the limes over it and lightly salt. Add in the chopped onion and rotel tomatoes with their liquids. Stir together. Mix in the tortilla chips.

Put the mixture in a 13x9x2 baking dish. Pour the chicken stock evenly over the chicken mix. Top with the cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted.

Serve with a sour cream.

Depending on your tastes, you may decide this needs salt. I couldn't tell while I making it that it needed salt. It wasn't until it all came together so...salt at the end. Kosher works best.

I can also see adding a can of drained and rinsed black beans to this. Super yummy!

The recipe as it is, serves 6-8 people. It fed my family with LEFTOVERS and there are 7 of us eating.

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