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What the Heck Do I Do with 40 Pounds of Chicken?

Don’t be scared to buy in bulk! What the Heck Do I Do with 40 Pounds of Chicken is a collection of THE BEST boneless skinless chicken recipes to fill your meal planning needs all year long. 

What to do woth 40 Pounds of Chicken

I have never been one to buy in bulk. I grew up in a house with 5 kids, 4 dogs, too many cats, and parents that worked all. the. time. My mom worked nights as a waitress and then hit the grocery store on the way home. Whenever time to cook dinner rolled around we usually ended up making another quick trip for whatever items we were missing. When you get paid every day, you shop every day and that’s how it goes.

As an adult I sort of followed suit; especially when I was still working in restaurants. These days, I don’t mind all the grocery trips when I am shopping for work because hellooooo – buying things like S’mores Oreos is pretty fun.

But Oh. My. GAH. Shopping every day for dinner is completely exhausting. Especially when it comes to buying protein. I do not love the meat aisle in the grocery store. If there’s a sale, there is always some lady that got there 3 seconds before me and now has to inspect every package while I stand there trying my best to be patient. Or there’s the dude that looks completely lost because he hasn’t been grocery shopping in 5 years and he’s overwhelmed by all the everything.

Then there’s the cost. In my house of hungry dudes, I’d say I cook boneless skinless chicken breasts 3 -4 times a week. That’s 1 – 2 pounds of chicken a minimum of 3 times a week. If I buy quality chicken I’m looking at $6 – $8 every time I shop. Sometimes it’s more like $10. That adds up!

I’ll admit that I was intimidated by buying 40 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts all at once. We have a french drawer fridge with a drawer freezer – no chest freezers over here – and I was worried about where I’d fit the ice cream (#priorities). But at $1.69 a pound (that was $67.60 for the whole 40 pounds) I really couldn’t not give it a try, you know?

And with this terrific list of recipes here, there’s no shortage of ideas on what the heck to do with 40 pounds of chicken.

Chicken Marinated in Pickle Juice

Pickle Chicken with Garlic Fries and Spicy Pickle Dip

Lightened Up Asian Crunch Salad with Creamy Dressing

 Asian Chicken Crunch Salad

Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe

 Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Crispy Cajun Chicken recipe

Crispy Cajun Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

 Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich

 Barbecue Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Oven Fried Chicken Fingers with Crunchy Almond Crust

 Chicken Fingers with Crunchy Almond Crust

Easy Chicken Strawberry Salad Recipe

 Easy Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

 Grilled Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

 Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Grilled Buffalo Chicken salad Recipe

 Big Bad Buffalo Chicken Salad

Crescent Roll Up Recipe with BBQ Chicken

 BBQ Chicken Crescent Roll Ups

Chicken and Apple Cheddar Dumpling Recipe

Chicken and Apple Cheddar Dumplings

Chicken Cutlets with Beer Sauce

 Easy Chicken Cutlets with Pan Sauce

Greek Chicken Salad with Greek Dressing

 Greek Chicken Salad with Tangy Greek Dressing

Southwest Chicken Pasta; a Sonora Chicken Pasta Copycat Recipe

 Southwest Chicken Pasta

Dijon Cheddar Chicken

 Crispy Dijon Cheddar Chicken

Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

 Pesto Chicken and Provolone Sandwiches

Dill Chicken Salad Recipe

Healthy Dill Chicken Salad Wraps


Here are some favorite recipes from some favorite food bloggers using boneless skinless chicken…

Chicken & Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry via Or Whatever You Do

 Sesame Chicken & Snap Pea Stir Fry

Chicken Piccata via Daring Gourmet

 Chicken Piccata

Spicy Honey Sriracha Chicken with Rice Noodles

Spicy Honey Sriracha Chicken with Rice Noodles

Chili Peanut Coconut Chicken via Daring Gourmet

Chili Peanut Coconut Chicken

Easy Chicken Fajitas via Or Whatever You Do

Easy Chicken Fajitas


Thursday 25th of June 2015

You are a chicken ninja! I will keep this handy for easy reference!

Heather Tullos

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Chicken Ninja. Hahahahha


Thursday 25th of June 2015

We eat a ton of chicken because my girls prefer it - glad to have some new recipe ideas!

Heather Tullos

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Thanks Sara!

Michelle @ Blackberry Babe

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

Awesome collection of chicken recipes! I tend to buy in bulk too, I won't buy chicken if it's over $2 a pound (I know, I'm cheap). Thank you for compiling!

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

Thanks, Michelle!

Kate @ Diethood

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

SEND ME HALF OF YOUR CHICKEN STASH!!! ;-) $1.69/lb??? I'm calling Zaycon!

Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

What a great list of recipes! I couldn't imagine buying 40 lbs of chicken all at once. You did a great job cooking it all up~