One Roasted Chicken = ( 3 ) Dinners - See how its done Here !!!

Cooking on a Budget Series....... 

I just love this little trick I created with ONE Roasted Chicken to Create (3) Dinners this week and wanted to share with you. 

Dinner #1

  • Roasted Chicken - Either Roast or Buy from your Supermarket already roasted ! 
  • Seasoned Butter Corn
  • Home Made Mac n' Cheese ( short cut - Boil up Pasta drain, add in a can of Cheddar Cheese Sauce, salt and pepper - kids love it ) 

Dinner #2 - Home Made Chicken Soup

  • Save the left over Chicken from dinner, and pulled off from Bone what I could and save
  • Take the chicken bones and carcase and add to a pot of water, add in 1 onion and baby carrots, and season as you like. I added garlic and onion powder, seasoning salts, parsley , salt and pepper and simmered for an hour.
  • With a bowl under a large strainer I drained the broth into a bowl - then removed the carrots and onion and set aside and any bits of chicken left on the bones ( you would be surprised how much is still there off a roasted chicken. 
  • Add the carrots, onion and chicken back to the broth
  • Packaged up the left over chicken from dinner and shredded it ,  corn and the mac n cheese in containers.
  • Packed up the Broth that i just made 
  • Put everything in the fridge
  • On Day too - pull out that Crock Pot and add all that stuff you packed up to into it. Let simmer for 3-4 hours on low in crock pot
  • Most delish Home Made Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Serve with Crackers or Grilled Cheese -- yumm !

Day # 3 - Chicken and Dumplings 
Unless you have some super hearty eaters ( we have 4) The next meal you are going to make is Chicken and Dumplings from that left over Soup !

  • On day 3 - Pull that big pot you have
  • Add your soup from the night before to it and bring to a boil
  • Add 3 Cups of Milk or 1/2 and 1/2- return to a boil
  • Make some simple quick dumplings ( Flour Milk, Baking Powder- Mix to dough, roll out and cut in strips)
  • Add them to the boiling soup for about 5 minutes 
  • remove with a strainer and set aside
  • Make a slurry of cornstarch and milk and add and stir till desired thickness
  • Add Dumplings back in and simmer - at this point you can transfer to a crock pot and  on low will be great for dinner if your busy blogging like I am.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Season to taste to your preference
  • If you have Left overs you can freeze it or pack for lunch on day #4 or Freeze to add with another meal over biscuits some time. 
Freezer tip - Put in a Large Freezer Bag ( gallon size) Label it and freeze Flat - saves allot of space in the freezer. 

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