One of the most economical ways to buy organic chicken is to buy it whole and butcher it up yourself, it's also a very good life lesson that everyone should learn (this is almost a direct quote from my brother in law Mark and damn-it if the bugger wasn't right). This chicken cost me $11 and made three meals. Barbeque chicken on Monday night, chicken salad sandwiches on Tuesday for lunch and chicken soup for dins that night.
It really didn't take long either. The whole process of cutting the chicken took me maybe 15 minutes tops. So you can't really use that as an excuse. A whole chicken is going to take a good hour (at least ) to cook but cut up, it took me only 20 minutes on the bbq. Not too bad, not too bad at all.
Here are some pics on the process and yes, I did get chicken guts on my camera and have to wash it.
Slice down the one side of the breast bone.
Crack open and place your knife down the spine starting at the legs.
Voila, one chicken, two halves ready for the bbq.
Bowl o' chicken ready for cooking. I took the skin off but don't tell Mark, he'll think its sacrilege.
Here's a video that'll help you out.
**yes, I do realize the above pic is of a rooster Laura. Thank you for noticing.