How To Stretch A Chicken Into 6 Meals

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The iconic roasted “Sunday Chicken”, there is little that tastes better than a savoury piece of chicken with crispy skin and spices. When served with some potatoes and a vegetables, you have a meal that is satisfying and delicious.

Unfortunately if you are buying a pastured chicken or even a regular organic chicken you might be paying $10-15 per chicken. All the more reason to raise your own if you ask me. Many of us including me at the moment don’t have that option. (Someday though, I’ll be raising chickens again.)

With prices that high per chicken many of us can’t afford to have a chicken last for just one or two meals. We need ways to make the chicken stretch for a few extra meals. Over the years I have learned to get the most I can out of my chickens.

These suggestions are for made with a family of four in mind. Every family is a different, so feel free to take these suggestions and run with them! As glad as I am that I know how to stretch 1 chicken for 6 meals there are times when I have served the whole bird and just made soup with the leftovers. There’s no shame in throughly enjoying a whole bird now and again.

1. Roasted Chicken

I love to make roasted chicken. It is one of the easiest “fancy” dishes to learn to fix. It is sure to impress and oh so tasty!

Cut off the legs and thighs to feed your family that night. Leave the rest of the chicken on the counter so no one is tempted to gobble up the whole thing. To help everyone feel like they aren’t having a filling meal serve the chicken with a couple tasty sides like mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, roasted vegetables or fresh soaked whole wheat bread.

I am a huge fan of chicken wings. They aren’t always easy to find so when I am prepping a chicken to roast I normally cut off the wings and place them in a freezer bag. Once I save enough wings for a meal I pull the bag out and make my favourite teriyaki wings.

2. Pick the Chicken Clean

Cut off the breast meat. Slice into bite size pieces. You can add to yellow curry, Thai Curry Noodle Soup, or a stir-fry.

Sometimes I will cut off the breasts before I roast the chicken and save them to make a “Chick-fil-A” nuggets or a tandoori chicken sandwich.

Pick any other meat left on the bones to save for meal #6.

Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Nuggets

3. Bone Broth

There are few things better for you than bone broth. I like to use my bones to make batches of broth. For added flavour and nutrition I like to add one or two chicken feet when I have them on hand. The first broth tends to be more rich and savoury. I’ll use it for soups where the broth is the star like Nourishing Thai Noodle Soup or Knefla (German Dumpling Stew).

My second batch or broth is used to for soups where many other ingredients are added such as my green tortilla soup, roasted tomato tortilla soup or to make rice pilaf.

4. Giblet Broth

The giblets are what my Grandma Burnett always went for. When I was little I thought she was crazy. Looking back I see what a smart woman she actually was. I like to set the “offal” as it is also called aside to make crazy good for you broth. I add chicken feet to the broth as well. Like my second batch of bone broth I tend to use giblet broth for making rice and soups with lots of add ins. Don’t throw the offal away, set it aside for a nutritious boost to another meal.

Giblet Broth
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Ingredients
  • 2 quarts of water
  • Chicken Neck
  • Giblets
  • 2 Chicken Feet (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Simmer for up to 24 hours. Strain the broth throw a fine mesh strainer or a cloth. Disarcd the bones and set the giblets aside for another meal.


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5. Organ Meats

I like to use the offal left from making the giblet broth mixed into soups like chile or chopped up in meatloaf or meat balls. There is so little that it is impossible to detect it. You get the nourishing benefits from the offal and you aren’t letting them go to waste!

6. Bit and Pieces

Whatever bits and pieces that may be left are perfect to add to a salad, fried rice or another pot of soup, such as Simple Chicken and Rice Soup.  (Can you tell I like soup?)

Another perk to having your own chickens is that you get to take awesome pictures like these!

Chicken Love 2What are you best tips for stretching a chicken for more than one meal?

 

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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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