by Texas Homesteader ~
I found six different ways to finish eating that whole chicken I cooked. I was surprised at how many times that one bird could feed us. We’ve really gotten a lot of mileage with different meals out of this single chicken. Check it out!
Eating The Whole Chicken
I recently cooked a whole chicken in my slow-cooker and had visions swirling in my head of all the different ways I could still use the rest of the chicken to feed us.
Hummm… I wonder how many times I can feed RancherMan & myself with this one small bird? Y’all know I love a good challenge, and challenge ACCEPTED!
There are only two of us here at the Homestead these days. But that one chicken fed us so many times and in so many different ways.
Let’s count them off – you can click the titles to see my recipes.
Of course the first round was spent cooking the entire bird in my slow cooker. That chicken was was seasoned with spicy savory spices such as cayenne, chili powder and paprika. It packs a powerful flavor punch, y’all! Our daughter shared this recipe with us several years ago. And it remains a favorite in my Homestead kitchen. I like to serve it with roasted potatoes and green beans.
After supper I pulled the remaining meat from the chicken and set it aside for future meals. Then I placed the bones and trimmings in my slow cooker, filled it with water and a splash of vinegar to make a batch of Slow Cooker Broth. Then I just allowed it to simmer all night. It resulted in a couple of quarts of healthy delicious stock.
NOTE: Oftentimes these days I make Instant Pot Broth to get broth even faster. Whichever way you make it – homemade broth is beyond simple, is very healthy and almost free!
I used some of that chicken stock I’d just made to whip up a batch of Cream of Chicken soup for my next meal. Making my own “Cream-Of” soup saves us money in our food budget. Plus it’s void of those questionable ingredients and heavy salt often present in the commercial stuff. And truly – it whips up in minutes and is very zero-waste. What’s not to love??
Armed with my homemade Cream of Chicken soup I quickly whipped up a flaky crust and assembled a delicious Chicken Pot Pie. I just added some of that leftover chicken, my cream of chicken soup and a can or two of drained mixed vegetables. Now this is one of RancherMan’s favorite ways for me to use leftover chicken. And it’s so easy!
There was still plenty of chicken meat & broth left. So on another night I opted to whip up some fluffy homemade dumplings & make a hearty meal of Chicken & Dumplings. That recipe made plenty so there was even enough leftover after our supper to feed us a couple of chicken & dumpling lunches as well. Extra homemade meals with no extra cooking for me? YES PLEASE!!
Now our leftover chicken is starting to run low. But we’re not through with it yet, y’all. It only takes a small amount of meat when you couple it with tender-crisp zucchini noodles and season it all with Herb-Bombs! This recipe made good use of the prolific zucchini growing in my garden and was a nice fresh meal option too.
ALL Of The Chicken Was Used!
Now that’s a lot of mileage from one small bird! But by thinking outside the box I was able to feed RancherMan & myself several delicious homemade meals and wasted nothing.
That’s not only healthy for us & good for the grocery budget but it makes me feel good knowing I’ve been careful with our limited resources. Plus, y’all know how I hate food waste!
What are your favorite ways of ‘Using It All’?
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…and MUCH MORE!
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