One of the ways I try to save money is by making my groceries stretch. I tend to look at what’s on sale and make my dinner menu around that. This week, Albertons has whole chickens for $0.69/lb (Vons has whole chickens on sale for $1.29/lb) so I thought I’d share one of my family’s favorite dish: Roast Sticky Chicken. This recipe will produce a fall off the bone roast chicken similar to the rotisserie ones you get at the Deli at the grocery store. You can get a good size chicken for under $5 that will feed the whole family and you can use the left overs for a second meal (hence the cook once, serve twice title).
Whole chicken, 3-4 lbs
1 medium onion, peeled
3 Tbsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1. Wash and pat dry the chicken. Remove the giblet bag inside the neck cavity if there is one.
2. In a small bowl, combine the seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion power.
3. Sprinkle the seasonings inside the cavity and all over the outside of the chicken.
4. When well seasoned, place the whole onion in the cavity of the chicken.
5. Place chicken in a baggie and let it marinate overnight.
6. The next day, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
7. Place chicken in a shallow pan and bake for 5 hours. (yes, it is safe to cook at this temperature ~ make sure it stays in for 5 hours)
8. Remove the chicken and take out the onion. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting.
If you are an on-the –go mom and don’t have time to be around while it cooks in the oven, you can also place the chicken in a crock pot. Just ball up 4 pieces of aluminum foil to the size of your fist and place them at the bottom. Then place the chicken on top and cook on high for 6-8 hours.
After your family raves about your dish, use the left overs for the next night’s meal. You can take the bones and use them as a starter for chicken stock for chicken soup (or freeze them to use at a later time). Shred the rest of the chicken to use in enchiladas, chicken salad, casseroles, etc.
Planning your dinner menu for the week with what’s on sale at the stores is a “deal”icious way to save money! Hope you like this recipe!