Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rotisserie Chicken Meal X Two

I love rotisserie chicken. It makes a quick, easy and yummy meal. And when you can pick one up at Kroger for $4.99, that makes it pretty inexpensive as well (I've priced whole chickens and by the time you add all the spices and cook for several hours, I don't think you would come out much cheaper by doing it yourself).

But what makes this purchase even more frugal is the leftovers. Let me tell you what I did this week.

1. After we had a meal from the chicken one night, I picked off all the meat and stuck it in the fridge.
2. I dumped the rest of the chicken in a pot, covered it with water, and cooked on low heat for about an hour and a half.
3. Using tongs, I took out the bones and strained the liquid (this makes great homemade broth for soup or to cook with). At this point, I froze one container of broth and refrigerated a little over two cups.
4. Before discarding the bones, I examined them to see if there was more meat that I could remove.
5. The next day, I cooked a cup of rice in 2 1/4 cups of broth, along with the chopped up leftover chicken, for 25 minutes (thankfully, I realized that I had not salted the broth, so I added some salt).
6. After I turned off the heat, I let the pot sit, still covered for about 5 minutes. Then I stirred in about 1/2 can cream of mushroom soup.

Voila...meal number two!

You can also add cheese on top and stick it in the oven until melted. This is a comfort-food dish for me and an old stand-by for anytime I have leftover chicken and want a quick meal.

So there you have it...the tale of the two meal chicken. If any of you have more ideas on using leftover chicken, I would love for you to leave a comment.


saybra said...

Yummy chicken cheese and rice casserole!!

Anonymous said...

There are only two in my family. I slice the breast into thin slices for chicken sandwiches. Then I cut the remaining chicken into small chunks,add mayo, mustard,pickel relish and 1/2 apple, cut into small pieces, to make chicken salad.

Josh said...

we looooove rotisserie chickens! they're so handy!