Ok, just a quick money saving/time saving tip for you!
Yesterday our local grocery store had whole chickens on sale for $1.19 a pound..I don't know about your neck of the woods, but that's a great price for around here! So there were only 2 left and I snatched them right up! Brought them home and boiled one last night quickly and plan to pull the other one out of the fridge today and boil it. Then I simply fill containers with the broth and freeze those. The broth is a great addition to soups and other meals. I have also started making homemade cream of chicken soup, which needs chicken broth. It's really easy and we like the taste of foods made with it better than the store bought stuff! Here is where I found the recipe, if you'd like to try it.
I then de-bone the cooled chicken and I used to have to cut it up by hand, which really seemed to take forever. Then one day I stumbled across this tip on pinterest and it may very well be one of the best tips I've ever found!
If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, place the cooked chicken pieces in you're mixer bowl and use the paddle attachment and "mix"! It shreds your chicken meat and is WAAAY easier than cutting all of it by hand. Easier and FASTER! Gotta love that!!! Then I just put it in containers and freeze it also.
So it takes a little time up front, but you can stock up on chicken when it's on sale and then if you cook it up right away, you will have precooked chicken ready to go into whatever recipe you want (you just have to defrost it) and I like boiled chicken a lot better than the canned chicken (we've tried the canned before) and it's cheaper than the canned stuff too!
So some of these tips are easy to find on a lot of blogs, but I've honestly only seen to put chicken into the mixer ONE time, so maybe that's a new one to you (I don't even think I pinned that pin, so I can't tell you where that idea originated from, but it wasn't me!). Either way, hopefully something in this post will be helpful to you!