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Old 03-28-2002, 07:04 AM
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Question How far can you stretch a chicken?

On a tight budget like mine we don't often sit down and just eat pieces of chicken. I try and stretch it as far as I can. What about everyone else? I have a family of 4 dh, self and 5 yr dd and 2 1/2 ds.
Today I am making chicken stock with a whole chicken. Tonight I will cut up some of the chicken and make a stirfry with veggies and rice. Then tomorrow I will skim off the fat and make the rest into chicken soup. And a big pot of soup will usually last at least 3 meals. We will eat it tomorrow then I will probably freeze some. Sometimes I will make a homemade chicken pot pie, but now this time. Piecrust is not good on my diet!;-)
I usually expect a whole chickent too last at least 4 meals sometimes more. Adding in lots of vegetable and using staples like rice or pasta really makes it stretch. I will let you know how far this chicken actually goes!;-)
Any other good frugal ideas out there for stretching chicken or other meat!
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Old 03-28-2002, 07:42 AM
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I understand tight budgets

It's hard to budget at times when dh likes to spend, I have my moments too though . I like your chicken ideas though Aubry. We keep sitting down to make a menu and but it seems to not happen. Try try again.
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:01 AM
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My favorite ways are:
Chicken sandwich
Chicken pasta salad
Chicken soup
Stir fry

I'm always looking for new and different ways to use a whole chicken so it seems like a different meal rather than the same ole!
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:25 PM
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I have managed to make 1 medium sized chicken give 9 serves, or 3 meals for 3.
Roasted the first night, chicken and vege soup the next night and in fried rice the next night,
it does depend on how hungry we are at the time of those meals and to whether we get
sandwiches (chic lettuce and mayo) out of that as well.

A lot does depend on the size of your chicken though and some times the big ones come on
special for the price of a smaller one .... then you grab a couple!
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:43 PM
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From one chicken, I will cook:

chicken and noodles (with veggies and gravy altogether)
chicken noodle or rice soup
chicken quesadillas that I fill mostly with cheese and veggies and usually just have enough chicken left to sprinkle on a few of them.
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Old 11-06-2010, 06:39 PM
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If you roast a chicken, you can still use what is left of the carcass to make soup.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:50 PM
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My Grandmother told me that durring the depression, she would stretch a 10 cent chicken into a Shabbas meal. First she'd make chopped liver, frying them with onions, and mixing in a hard-cooked egg, and come stale crackers. Then the chicken went into a potto make chicken soup, and was then transfered from the pot to the oven to crisp it up before serving. Leftovers went to sandwiches or pot pie. I also buy whole chicken and roast it, using the left-overs for pot pie, chicken salad, or shredded with BBQ sauce. Sometimes I'll cut the chicken into pieces before cooking, saving the back and neck. Once I have enough bones saved, I make a big pot of stock that I use to make chicken soup, or freeze for adding to cooking and gravies.
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:20 AM
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You can add diced cooked chicken, turkey or pork to a recipe of dressing mix and bake in the oven and serve with cranberry sauce.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:27 AM
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Last night 21/2 lb beef Roast served 4 with lots of Vegetabes around it side and from the liqurd a gravy was made. Today for luch the left over roast and vegetables where made into a soup for 5.
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:49 PM
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Once I chop up all the chicken I can use for quesadillas or whatever, I use the bones to make chicken broth for soup. That way, none of the chicken is discarded before it is needed.
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