Big money in pinching thighs…

20160128_214409How many meals can you get from two chickens? I’m about to find out.

At Cafe Bienville, we buy high quality whole chickens, cook them and then handpick the meat to use in sandwiches and salads. The result is a delicious and cost effective. I can pick a chicken pretty fast now. I’ve started wondering—why can’t I do that at home?

Usually for home I buy chicken breasts at $1.99 a pound and bake them in the oven. A family size pack makes a meal in our house with a little left over for someone’s salad or late night snack.

This time I bought two chickens at .99 a pound and boiled them in a stockpot. I sautéed the livers in olive oil with garlic as a light dinner for myself. When the chickens were done I picked the meat off the bones in about 15 minutes per chicken.

In the end my two chickens netted me two containers of juicy, shredded meat ready for sandwiches and salads, a large pot of chicken noodle soup and a lot of broth to use when I make brown rice this week. The dogs even got all the skin which is good for their coats.

With a little work I am paying a lot less for a lot more with better quality. That’s worth pinching a few thighs.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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One Response to Big money in pinching thighs…

  1. Lexa Cain says:

    We do the same with a chicken since it can yield so many different things. I’m awful at boning a chicken though. Somehow little bits of bone and cartilage always sneak into whatever I’m making out of it. *sigh*

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