January 11, 2012

Making the Most of Leftovers…Chicken/Turkey

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While purchasing a whole chicken isn’t really convenient for most of us, it can be quite cost effective.  You can generally spend under $8 for a whole chicken in your meat department.  You can make that $8 stretch quite a ways to feed a family of 4 like mine!  While turkey is more expensive, you can take these same ideas and just use them around the holidays.

Here are some ideas you can use with your leftover chicken once you’ve cooked it…

-Save the Bones- You can make a delicious chicken broth from these savory bones!  Just pop those bones in the slow cooker with some onions, celery and seasonings and you’ve just saved yourself quite a penny on buying some chicken broth!  Oh, it gets better… you can then freeze it for later use!

-Turn it into a Salad- Use some of the scrap meat to make a chicken salad!  You can turn the leftover meat into a light lunch for work!  No need to waste money on buying lunch, you can take your own J

-Create a Casserole- This is another simple way to make use of the leftover meat, which doesn’t require much!  You can shred some of the leftover and add it to some rice to make a Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole, or add some cheese to make a Cheesy Chicken Casserole.  What’s even better is that these types of casseroles can also be frozen so that

-Create a Soup- You can take some of the driest meat like the breast to use in a great soup!  Here is an example of a basic soup you can make with some leftovers—just substitute the turkey for chicken!

-Use some scraps in a Quick & Easy Stir Fry- It doesn’t take much chicken to create a stir-fry, you can mainly load it with vegetables and just add whatever chicken you have to work with!  Add it to some rice and you’ve got another hit!

I hope this makes you reconsider your meat selections at the grocery store! While we don’t always and only purchase whole chickens, we do make it a regular on our grocery lists.  All it takes is a little planning ahead and you’ve got yourself 2-3 dishes!

Do you have any creative leftover ideas? If so, feel free to share them!!

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coriwestphal said...

I made a 13 pound turkey on Sunday. We had it for dinner. Then Monday, I spent the day making a big batch of turkey wild rice soup, and turkey noodle soup. I ended up getting 7 containers of wild rice soup, and 3 containers of noodle soup. That's 11 dinners out of one turkey! I feel so frugal! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

wacki04@TheKing'sCourt IV said...

That's great! I love how you split it into 2 different soups too! It's really just a little work, but such a huge reward... particularly when you are on a budget! Way to go ;)

Veronica and Daniel said...

My hubby loves it when I use leftover chicken to make chicken pot pie. My post for tomorrow is Lemon Herb chicken and the leftovers totally made a chicken pot pie!

wacki04@TheKing'sCourt IV said...

You're right! I completely forgot about pot pies! Those are great for leftovers too!

Jen Blacker said...

I freeze my chicken carcasses. When I run out of broth I just toss them in a huge pot with some veggies and fresh herbs and let it cook very slowly most of the day.

Before I freeze them, I pick all of the leftover meat I can off of it. I use that meat for chicken tacos, chicken quesadillas, or chicken terryaki the next day.

Judy @ Contented at Home said...

Love the idea of making the stock in the slow cooker! That would certainly be more manageable for me. (And I LOVE chicken salad!!)