Thursday, December 19, 2013

1 Chicken, 2 People, 3 Meals

I am queen of leftovers. I have about 3.7 million tupperware containers. On Thanksgiving I even bought more tupperware so that I could send people home with leftovers. I do not like wasting food. But sometimes I have a heard time figuring out what to do with leftovers, that piece of chicken just never seems as good the second time around. So I thought I would make this post to show you how I can make a $5 chicken go for 3 meals! Now, keep in mind I'm just feeding Jared and myself, so that makes things a bit easier. If you have kids, 1 whole chicken probably won't stretch as far. But these are still great recipes!

Let's chat money first. I have seen chicken breasts cost anywhere from $1.50 per pound to upwards of almost $4 per pound! But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a whole chicken on average will cost about $1.50 per pound (more info here). Where I shop I can get a whole chicken for $0.99 per pound! WAY cheaper than chicken breasts. So even though a whole chicken looks intimidating give it a try! It will definitely save you a few bucks.

So I can go buy 1 whole chicken and have three meals, Rotisserie Chicken, a Soup, and Chicken Salad! Nothing goes to waste!

When I go buy a whole chicken the first meal I make with it is my Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken, recipe found here. Extremely simple!

It's so simple, just season the chicken and throw it in your crockpot! It will literally just fall off the bone. When Jared and I eat this we each get a chicken breast. I make sides that are pretty filling so that we have plenty of leftovers. some sides I would suggest that we like, are roasted potatoes, green beans, rice, or mash potatoes. Potatoes are always filling and cheap! Last time I made this I made some rolls and rice for the side and we were quite full.

So pull the rest of the meat off the bones. and put it into some tupperware to save. You can either freeze it and use it later, or just keep it in the fridge to use that week.

The first meal I make with the leftovers is a soup! It doesn't take a ton of chicken and will be filling! If you really want to save money, take all the leftover bones and drippings from the chicken and boil them in a stockpot for about and hour and a half and you will have your own chicken broth and you won't have to buy any from the store! Just keep in mind it won't have all the sodium you're used to so you will need to use a heavy hand when seasoning.

A couple soups I love to make with my leftover chicken, are Chicken and Dumplings (Recipe Here) and Fiesta Soup (Recipe Here). 

Usually with the Fiesta soup I use leftovers from my Shredded Chicken Taco recipe, but these leftovers will work just as well!

The last thing I make out of the leftovers is an easy Chicken Salad Sandwich (Recipe Here)! This will usually use up the last of my leftovers and nothing has gone to waste!

I love to use this for when I'm headed out of town and I don't want any leftovers in the fridge. We get so busy when we are about to leave that this makes dinners very easy to make! And there won't be a ton of dishes to clean! Not to mention most of the ingredients I have in my pantry already, so I don't have to make a trip to the grocery store!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, and I hope you can use this before you all travel for the holidays!

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