The Stretching Chicken

The Stretching Chicken

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“This is as much of a tip as a recipe! This one chicken can now make up to 20 servings done in different dishes. Make chicken enchiladas with some, add some to plain stock with veggies and seasoning , wonderful for Mexican recipes and also some Oriental dishes. I have just made enchiladas for 6 and there is still enough meat for at least 14 servings. You can make chicken stew with dumplings, or chicken ala king. The jellied consumme can be the base ingredient for a wonderful soup, again stretching this versatile chicken. It is tender and not dry. The list is as long as your imagination.”

Ready In:
9hrs 20mins


  • 1

    large stewing chicken (as Large as your crockpot will hold)
  • 1

    large onion
  • 2

    cups water or 2 cups chicken stock

  • salt & pepper
  • 1 -2

    bay leaf


  • Put your old hen, onion, & bayleaf in the crock pot (cut up if necessary to fit but left whole is best), salt & pepper,add water (or chicken stock)& bay leaves.
  • Turn on crock pot to low and cook for 9-10 hours, do not open the crock pot.
  • Take out and cool the chicken.
  • Pour the stock through a strainer.
  • Remove fat, you can do this by pouring the sauce in a large flat bowl& refridgerate, leave for a couple of hours and spoon off the fat.
  • Save the jellied consumme. You may portion it into freezer bags and freeze it for future use
  • Remove skin& bones from the chicken (You can reboil this and get more stock for chicken soup or discard).
  • Leave in chunks or shred the chicken Keep out what you are going to use now and portion freeze the rest.
  • If possible vacuum seal before freezing or get out as much air as possible befor freezing

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On January 10 2010 I will celebrate 9 years of Life with Zaar. I can’t imagine being without it! It has become part of my daily routine.
I feel very privileged to be one of the hosts on the Photo Forum. Taking photos of my culinary efforts is a full time hobby and I love it. My friends all know what to expect when they come to dinner “Are you finished taking pictures?” or “Did you get a photo of so & so?” I never let them wait too long and the food is NEVER cold! I now have over 6000 photos on Zaar – some fairly good and some definitely not so good. I am happy to say that practice does help.

My roots are in Vancouver BC Canada – a very beautiful city that holds many wonderful memories for me. In 1990, I decided that for my retirement years I may want to settle in a smaller community and found a slice of heaven in the North Okanagan B.C. I love living here but every once in a while I miss the bright city lights, the Broadway shows and some of the small wonderful ethnic restaurants that Vancouver abounds in. That is easily resolved. I just take a trip to the coast, visit with friends for a weekend see a show and feast on Dim Sum or other specialty foods.

I am getting a bit long in the tooth but was a very adventurous person. I have river rafted Hell’s Gate on the Fraser river, been up in a glider over Hawaii (no not a Hang Glider!), gone hot air ballooning in the Napa Valley & the Fraser Valley, driven dune buggies on the dunes in Oregon, Para sailing in Mexico and tried many other adventurous, challenging, fun things. I have yet to try bungee jumping or sky diving. I may do them yet. I love to travel and experience other cultures. Mexco has been a favorite haunt. I have visited that lovely country many many times. Australia is another favorite as is England!

In the past 16 months I have taken off 61 pounds and feel wonderful. I am off all medications and all systems are GO! In years I may be 79 but in spirit I am still in my forties. We are only as old as we allow ourselves to feel. Always think positive. Do something a bit challenging every day & always do something silly every day. Be a kid again! Laugh every day – it is internal jogging.

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