One of my favorite things to do as the main cook in our home is to see how many different meals I can get out of a single meat entree. An easy one to stretch is chicken. I'm a novice cook really when it comes to "made-from-scratch" cooking, so this is probably old news to a lot of you. However, this is my usual method for "stretching" that chicken:
The first night I sprinkle the chicken all over with spices and stuff with an onion and more spices, put it in the oven or crock pot and forget about it. (Well, almost!) I add mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable or two and sometimes bread. This is one of our favorite meals.
If there is enough white meat left, I add it to fettuccine alfredo with broccoli or a salad and sometimes bread.
We usually have dark meat left over, so I will put this into chicken fajitas. (I use Crystal's recipe.)
I usually make homemade tortilla chips out of the leftover tortillas (we don't eat all 10 in a pack) to round out the meal.
When the meat is almost all picked over, I use this recipe to make Chicken Noodle Soup. I often use store-bought noodles, though I sometimes get ambitious and make homemade ones.
If there is meat left over, I'll make Chicken Salad Sandwiches for lunch, but unless I get a very big roaster, I don't get all of these meals out of the same chicken. I intersperse other meals on in-between nights so we don't have chicken every night.
What are some meals you get out of a chicken roaster? Any tips for "stretching" it even further?