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Monday, June 8

Your Grocery Store’s Best Kept Secret: Cheap Chicken Breasts

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The other day I was chatting with a few friends.  Friend #1 mentioned that she has been buying whole chickens and cutting them up since that’s so much cheaper than buying boneless/skinless chicken breasts.  She also mentioned that their kitchen feels like a butcher shop.

I said, “I just wait until the boneless/skinless chicken breasts are on sale at the grocery store.  It’s usually $1.99/lb.”  Both friends looked at me like I had three heads.

I figured if they didn’t know that boneless/skinless chicken breasts go on super sale at the regular old grocery store, than a few of you might not know either!

In case you are not aware, your local grocery store will carry family packs of boneless/skinless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb…sometimes less!  They will go on sale randomly, so I always swing by the meat section when I’m at the store. When they ARE on sale, I grab a few packages, individually bag them up in the food storage bags, tie some knots, and toss them in the freezer.  I literally had 10 pounds of chicken breasts on my counter this morning.

Costco’s chicken comes individually packaged…but it’s more expensive.  I think it’s worth the 5 minutes of time to bag it myself.  And, I’ve been able to find chicken on sale like this everywhere I’ve lived. :)

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18 Comments »

  1. I do the same thing as you. My favorite place to buy them is Sunflower Farmer’s Market grocery store. They usually go on sale from anywhere betwee $1.39 – $1.79/lb. I really stock up when it’s $1.39/lb!

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    amy

    I have been lucky enough to be able to stock up at $1.29/ lb and just keep it in our garage freezer. Chicken is a staple at our house!

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    Kristy

    If you’re like me, I really like having individually frozen chicken breasts so I can just pull out however many I need. I buy chicken in bulk like this when it’s on sale, too. However, I bring it home and once I trim any fat, I lay the chicken breasts out on a cookie sheet covered in parchment or wax paper. I freeze them for 24 hours and then I just stick them in freezer bags…ta da…individually frozen chicken breasts for at most $1.99 per pound! It’s kind of like the frozen cookie ball method. I will also cut some of the chicken into chunks or strips for fajitas since I use chicken that way in recipes. It just saves time to not have to wait for the chicken breast to completely thaw before cutting it up. I try to split them into about 1 lb packages. One other thing I do sometimes is boil and shred some of the chicken and freeze it that way, then it’s ready to toss into soups or to make chicken salad sandwiches.

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    Jane Maynard

    kristy you are a very efficient user of chicken! :) I’ve never thought of doing with chicken what I do with cookie dough balls – genius! I always bag them individually, but freezing them first on the tray is so smart. thanks!

  5. This is a great tip! Although, I have a hard time with raw chicken. I do like to buy the frozen chicken tenders from Costco, then just toss them into boiling water to cook. No touching necessary! I know, I gotta get over that sometime… maybe!

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    Lindsay

    i’m a long time member of your chicken bagging camp, jane. i’ve been doing it for years, but it seems like lately i’ve had problems with some of the cheap chicken kind of falling apart. i’ve noticed they’re usually in “15% solution”–plumped up with salt water. i’m not trying to ruin it for anyone, but no wonder they go on sale for so cheap. i haven’t calculated yet if non-plumped chicken is more than 15% more expensive when it’s on sale.

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    Jane Maynard

    very interesting, lindsay!

    I pound the you-know-what out of my chicken half the time, so I hadn’t really noticed honestly…I’m so curious about whether or not my chicken is plumped. (btw – love that anti-plumping chicken commercial.) I’m going to do some investigating at the store tomorrow. although, obviously even if mine ARE plumped, I haven’t been bothered by it. ;)

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    Collette

    Three words: Costco Costco Costco. IQF breasts and IQF fillets for grilling. Beautiful.

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    Rynell

    I do this too–except my local grocery store sells the raw chicken in huge boxes–40 lbs! That’s a lot of chicken. I buy a box every few months and bag them. It’s seriously cheap, usually at least half the price you noted.

    • What grocery store do you get 40lbs of chicken? I am looking for pre-measured boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 3.5 oz each for the HCG diet. Best not to touch the chicken as it delays weight loss. Any suggesions?

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    Jane Maynard

    all I can say to that rynell is WOW! pretty sweet. hope you ahve a huge freezer!

  11. I just BARELY started noticing this myself! We’ve been eating a lot of chicken lately.

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    ashley

    i do the same thing! i buy at least 4 packages when it goes on sale!

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    Heather

    There are alot of great ideas on here…I have started going to the local Butcher…not only chicken, but everything else is cheaper as well!!

  14. Yup, saves ya money and a few minutes at supper time. Can’t beat that!

  15. Greetings! I’ve been following your web site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

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    Marian

    For those of you who have one nearby, Harris Teeter’s boneless skinless chicken breasts FRESH are always $1.99 with your VIC card.

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    Mary

    you are paying the same price for that pumped in water as you are for the chicken.

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