Friday, November 7, 2008

The Honey Line (and some easy chicken!)

Did you guys catch Rachael Ray's show last Thursday? She interviewed model/athlete Gabrielle Reese who talked about the benefits of having close friends to talk to and to give and receive advice. Here's what she said...
"If you plug into three or four great friends, they're like the bees on the honey line. You can always get to the honey, and I think all women really survive on this notion of a honey line because if you have three really great friends you can get some serious stuff done."
I thought this was a pretty cool concept! One of the girls on my honey line, Sheila, has given me lots of advice throughout the years and a while ago she gave me this tip on how to can chicken and I thought I'd share it with you all.

Now I know what you're thinking, "I'm not the "canning" type", but, trust me, this is so easy and handy, you'll thank me if you try it! (I'm hoping!)

You don't need to use a canner or anything. When chicken goes on sale (you can use chicken breasts, thighs, legs, whatever you prefer and it can be boneless or with the bone), buy it in bulk. Fill quart size canning jars about 3/4 full (it's about 1-1/2 lbs.), and put the canning lids and rings on them. Put the jars in the oven and bake at 275 for about 4 hrs. Then let them set out to cool.

The chicken will seal in the jars and become very moist and fall right off the bone. It's great to use in dishes like enchiladas, casseroles, shepherd's pie and that sort of thing. And it's handier to use than frozen chicken, because you can use it last minute and not have to thaw it out. And, trust me, when it comes to dinner, I'm a last minute kind of girl! Try it!


  1. Ok I feel like I didn't read that right - it seems WAY to easy!!! Is that really all you have to do? I have never heard of anything like that before. I will defintely have to try it.

    Do you have to boil the cans and lids and all that before you put the chicken in?

  2. my home-my life - It really is that simple! And no, you don't have to boil the jars and lids. Although you should use new lids and make sure the lids and tops of the jars are completely cleaned.

  3. Wow -- that sounds amazingly easy. Do you have to refrigerate it after it's been cooked and can you just throw it in the cupboard or pantry? Am definitely going to give it a try. Thanks!


  4. jboo - you don't need to refrigerate the chicken as long as the jar is sealed. Just put it in your pantry and you're good to go!

  5. Hi Aimee. Thanks for the Happy Birthday. I wish we could see you more often as well. Your Avery is absolutely beautiful and we are excited for your new arrival (I bet you are more than ready :) It will be so great if Anna and Libby get to meet their new cousin when they are in PA. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the fam.

  6. sweet, sweet, friendship!!! Thanks for always being there for me! Hope your week is going good. Are you over that nasty cold yet?

  7. that sounds way easy. i'm going to try that after the wedding!

  8. I have never heard of cooking chicken this way, Aimee. I agree with the others: it sounds way too easy but I may just have to give it a try!

  9. Interesting recipe. I saw Reece talk about the 'honeyline' but I was like 'what the heck!?' I mean, does she think she invented the idea of having a circle of friends? I thought the whole concept was kind of BS.


I love hearing from you! Thanks for your comments! ~Aimee


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