Four Meals for Four… from One Chicken

by Kelly · 3 comments

in Living Frugally


The other day I bought a chicken at the grocery store. If I remember correctly, it cost 13รขโ€šยฌ. It was by far the most expensive item in my grocery cart, but I’ll get four meals out of it. Here’s how.

  • First, I roast it. Last night we had a very nice roast chicken dinner. I seasoned it generously with salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs, and I stuck a mandarin orange up it.
  • Today, I boiled it for several hours, starting with enough cold water to cover it. Then, I drained the stock back into the pot, leaving me with a colander full of chicken bits.
  • The most time consuming part is separating the bones from the meat. If I still had a dog I would separate into three, using the skin to glam up his meals for a few days. But alas, no dog, so the skin gets discarded with the bones.

We had a nice roast chicken dinner and I now have stock for soup (I’m thinking veggie), and enough meat for two more meals. Tonight I’ll make chicken potpie with 1/2, and freeze the rest for something else.

Et voila!

How do you make good use of your leftover chicken?


1 Kate Kashman November 1, 2009

I like to do this too, but a roast chicken never makes four meals for us. Either I’m not buying them big enough, or there are too many people in my family ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Babaloo November 15, 2009

I always make stock from my roast chicken, too. But I never get 4 meals out of it, maximum 3. Maybe my husband just likes the roast chicken too much? ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 Anjanette January 20, 2010

I have a post about this scheduled too! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re working on our third meal (chicken rice casserole) tonight. First two were chicken “spaghetti” and a fritatta.

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