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20 Tasty Chicken Recipes or How to Use Up 40 Pounds of Chicken

Do you love chicken? We do! We often prefer to cook using boneless skinless chicken breasts but they can get expensive. Good thing I found out about a way to buy natural chicken in bulk at wholesale prices. Hello quality chicken and savings! I was really excited at first until I started to wonder what exactly I was going to do with 40 pounds of chicken.

40 pounds of chicken for less than $70… would we get sick of it? Would we use it all up in time?

To keep us from getting bored after the 5th pound, I rounded up a bunch of chicken recipes to keep your taste buds happy!

Oh right – you want to know where I got all this chicken, don’t you? Zaycon Foods offers a few different types of meats for sale in bulk at events across the United States. The Chicken Sales Event only happens twice a year. I received an email alert about the event, placed my order online, then on the event day we drove through the pick up line. Cases of chicken went from the truck straight into people’s trunks. It was a really smooth and easy process.

Zaycon Foods offers 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients that comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen.

Once we got home we donned gloves, separated the breasts into Ziplock freezer bags, filled up our deep freezer. The toughest part was deciding how to cook it all. At least I found out that frozen chicken is safe to use without an expiration date. It is recommended to use it within 9 months of deep freezing for quality reasons only. Just make sure to defrost it properly!

Basic Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

chicken breasts in slow cooker

Not sure what you want to do with your chicken but want to have some cooked up and on hand? I like this method for easy shredded chicken but you could just cut it up instead.

You’ll need:

  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Spices

Add chicken breasts to slow cooker and pour in chicken broth. Add some spices to the tops of the breasts (I used a poultry grill seasoning). Cook on low for about 5-6 hours.

It gives you some options for use in other meals!

20 chicken recipes

20 More Chicken Recipes

More great chicken recipes! Some may work better with whole chickens or parts, but most can be adapted for breast only.

  1. Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken by Budget Savvy Diva (We love this recipe! I changed up the spices a bit but it’s yummy over rice or noodles and even in tortillas!)
  2. Slow Cooker Broccoli Chicken Alfredo by Life With 4 Boys
  3. Chicken Taco Casserole by Six Sisters’ Stuff
  4. Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken by Green Eggs and Spam
  5. Panko Chicken Nuggets by Captain Fussybuckets
  6. 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Roast Chicken by The Frugalette
  7. Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken by The Frugalette
  8. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup by East 9th Street
  9. Cheesy Chicken (baked in crescent rolls yum!) by When is Dinner
  10. Chicken Pot Pie by And the Little Ones Too
  11. Honey Sesame Chicken by And the Little Ones Too
  12. Chicken Soft Tacos with Creamy Salsa Verde Sauce by Newlywed Survival
  13. Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken by Newlywed Survival
  14. Chicken Broccoli Mac & Cheese by Views From the Ville
  15. BBQ Chicken Pizza by Views From the Ville
  16. Chicken Piccata by Views From the Ville
  17. Green Chile Chicken Posole Sobrecitos by Thrifty Ninja
  18. Chicken Salad by Midwestern Moms
  19. Crock Pot Chicken Marsala by Naptime is My Time
  20. Chicken Caesar Salad by Naptime is My Time

Yes, these recipes will really help vary up 40 pounds of chicken, don’t you think?

Do you have a favorite chicken recipe?


Disclosure: We received credits to order the chicken from Zaycon Foods in order to conduct our review.


Thursday 14th of March 2013

Chicken, our family serves up chicken at least once per week. Healthy and yet within our budget. Thanks for the great recipes because it never hurts to try something new.


Monday 4th of March 2013

Thanks for the list! Chicken is our go to dinner meat.

Ellen Christian

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

Thanks for sharing the new recipe ideas. We use a lot of chicken because it tends to be fairly inexpensive & I hate having the same thing over and over again.

Darcy Zalewski

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

You are welcome! I hope you find a couple new favorites like I did.


Tuesday 26th of February 2013

I love Zaycon. In fact, I just ordered some chicken again! These recipes will come in handy, for sure.


Darcy Zalewski

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

I am waiting for a beef event near me. I want to try that next!


Tuesday 26th of February 2013

Oh boy! So many fun recipes, cannot wait to check them all out.

I like to use leftover chicken in an omelet (well, for my husband - I don't eat eggs.) I use chili powder, mushrooms, chicken, eggs & cheese. He loves it!

Darcy Zalewski

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

Ooh in an omelette would be good. Can't say I've ever had chicken in mine before. Thanks for the suggestion!