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Do You Enjoy Stretching Chicken?

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One of my favorite simple meals is roast chicken. Put it with salad, fresh bread and I’m in heaven. Roast potatoes and stuffing..drool…it’s soo good!

Hubby and I can easily eat a whole bird in one sitting and the kids love the drumsticks* but with meat being the most expensive part of most meals we’ve learnt to stre—-tch our roast over a few meals.

Did you know that some people call it rubber chicken because they focus on getting every last tasty nutritious morsel from the bird, even the bones? I’ve always stripped the carcass bare of meat, urgh, and while I’m not keen on chicken under my nails it’s worth it every time. Not least because I then get to nibble on the tastiest bits – tip: it’s the oysters every time.

This week I went all out with a full roast complete with stuffing as I had a hankering for a chicken stuffing sandwich. Stuffing is a great way to bulk up a meal and I added some cranberries I found in the cupboard for a touch of sweetness. Lots of veg and gravy with the juicy chicken – tip: roast the bird upside down for the first half an hour to keep those lovely juices in the chicken breast so they don’t dry up.

A family of four – fed.

Then the next day I got to have my chicken stuffing sandwich with a drizzle of gravy – if you haven’t tried it you should. I’m pretty sure the office was in awe with my amazing sandwich.

Me – fed.

IMG_20180327_125319604As the roast dinner was such a hit the first time hubby and I had it once more and again I made work jealous. I promise that it was much prettier (though just as tasty) the first time round.

Two adults – fed

Last but not least I boiled up the chicken carcass to make a quick stock for noodle soup. Not a slow cook for a concentrated stock but a quick boil for an hour with plenty of seasoning. A few grated bendy carrots and celery tops snuck in to use up a few bits in the fridge. Today I chose garlic, ginger and soy for flavouring which always goes down well.

A family of four – fed.

Have you been counting? That’s eleven individual meals I made with one chicken as the star. How do you stre—tch your meals?

 

 

 

*It’s a sign of our love that we let the kids have them!

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