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A long while back, when I conquered my fear of cooking a whole, naked chicken in the crock pot (Crock Pot Baked Chicken), I felt like the world opened up to me! Behold! All those glorious Pinterest recipes calling for 2 cups cooked chicken would no longer add 20 minutes on to making a meal! A whole neeeeeeeeeeew worlddddddddddddddddddd! Come with me on my magic carpet.

So, today we’re talking chicken – and how you can make three meals from one chicken. That’s right – ONE whole chicken to make three meals. First off, let’s clear the air: I’m only feeding 2 adults and 4 small children people. So, if you’re feeding more than that, you might only be able to get two meals.

Honestly,we don’t eat a lot of meat. I I try to make sure vegetables and healthy whole grains are a bigger part of our diet than meat…mainly because I’m stinking’ cheap frugal. And high quality meat can get expensive!

Three Meals From One Chicken

Before we jump right int here, remember if you don’t feel like making a Crock Pot Baked Chicken, you could easily pick up a rotisserie chicken and do the same thing. I won’t tell…unless I’m behind you at Sam’s. Then again, I won’t tell if you don’t tell that I have Apple Pie in my buggy. Deal?

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First Meal

For our first meal, I cook the chicken. I pick off some of the white meat to serve and I leave the rest of the chicken to cool until I can pick it off. Things I might serve with baked chicken: veggies of all sorts, side salad, Glazed Carrots, rice, Roasted Green Beans, mashed potatoes, Vegetable Casserole or Macaroni and Cheese.

I can almost always come away with 2-3 cups chicken AFTER we eat. Like I said, meat isn’t our main attraction at dinner. Unless it’s bacon. Then look out. But save the bones in your fridge or freezer – we’ll need them for our third meal!

Second Meal

I usually use some of the cooked chicken and make a casserole of some sort. Or maybe something noodley. I don’t always do this right away. A lot of times, I freeze my extra chicken in 1 cup portions for later. But for the sake of this post, let’s pretend like it’s tomorrow. Chicken three nights in a row wouldn’t be that terrible…but it ain’t bacon.

Some options for 1-2 cups cooked chicken:

Now, you could serve any one of those things with a side salad and/or some fruit. I prefer AND fruit…because, I like to eat.

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Third Meal

Okay, so here we are. Tired of chicken yet? This time, we’re making soup! I can use the bones from the whole chicken and make a batch of chicken stock. Now we canuse that lovely chicken stock we made and the remainder of the chicken. It’s okay if it’s dark meat. No one will notice in the soup. My sister is a weirdo and likes dark meat. I do not like dark chicken meat…but I can eat it just fine in a soup or casserole. Since she likes Apple Pie, I decided to keep her around. 😉 My sister, not the chicken.

Options for a soup using stock and cooked chicken:

Serve these with a side of nice, yummy Not So Sourdough Bread or Skillet Cornbread

So, there you have it! Three meals from one chicken!Unless you’re feeding teenagers…and then, I got nothin’ for ya. I’ll be there before I know it. Scary. Hold me.

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  1. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (7)Giselle Jacques says

    Best food blog I have read ever! Thanks! I enjoy the humor! Keep up the good work!

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (9)Stacy says

      That’s because you’re smart!

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  2. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (10)Heidi says

    Yes! I love doing this. My friends laugh at me (or they did, until they tried it). When chickens are on sale I roast a couple at a time, peel the meat and voila . . .A LOT of dinner options! I freeze the cooked meat and use it later in EVERYTHING and then use the bones for stock 🙂 Yummy and frugal!

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (11)Stacy says

      And it’s really so easy, isn’t it!?

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  3. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (12)Tara H says

    So I think we’d almost be in the “1 chicken per person” category! Ahhh! I feed 4 adults and 5 boys. Oh and I absolutely hate getting chicken off a bone. I’m really trying though! What is the deliciousness in the crock pot pictured above? The stuff with what looks like spinach?

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (13)Stacy says

      It’s the Chicken Lasagna recipe I linked in the post. 🙂

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  4. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (14)Carol says

    Put me right along side your sister because I like dark meat too. LOL Great ideas. Roasting a chicken right now so perfect timing for me.

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  5. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (16)Brenda McAlister says

    We have a 3 day meal too! Ours starts with a good ol’ pot of beans. We use pinto beans and a ham hock, or bacon grease, throw in an onion or what ever suits my fancy. I serve cast iron skillet cornbread and sometimes fried potatoes. Day 2 Chili and cinnamon roll. To the left over beans I add ground whatever (usually beef) and typical chili stuff. The cinnamon rolls MUST be homemade or the kids complain. Day 3, if there is anything left over, enchiladas! Now that the kids are all bigger than I am and eat twice as much, day 3 is sometimes a no go. Anyway, I add more beef if needed, another onion, maybe some refrieds. enchilada seasonings and sauce……. Roll the stuff up in tortillas with some cheese, pour any left over the top and bake. Sometimes I add a can of sauce to the top to keep them from getting too hard. If I start out with a big enough pot of beans and put some aside before the chili, I can get two big pans of enchiladas and put one in the freezer for a 4th meal! I serve salad with the enchiladas, and/or a veggie.

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (17)Stacy says

      GREAT plan!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Brenda!

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      • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (18)Brenda McAlister says

        I use this through out the year, but the week of Thanksgiving…… OOHHHH BOY, does it help. About 4 years ago I figured it out, if I use the 3 day meal that week I don’t have to think too much. Monday = beans, Tuesday = chili and cinnamon roll, Wednesday = enchiladas or left over chili. This lets me think about the important, almost all consuming THRUSDAY! By the way, not only are all 4 of mine bigger than I am, three are teenagers, one is 22 and I have an extra one that’s 22 as well. So I guess I have 5 teenagers to feed.

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  6. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (19)Cecilia says

    I remember the days when I got multiple meals from one chicken. Now? Now we cook them at least 2 at a time in the roaster and might get a couple meals from it. We have 4 teenagers as of Saturday when our 4th turned 13. 🙂 It is a whole different story feeding them now than when they were all pint-sized. 🙂

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (20)Stacy says

      So, you fit in my alternate title category. 😉

      Reply

  7. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (21)Yolanda says

    What a fabulous article! I love what you said that you don’t eat a lot of meat, but you eat meat a lot. 🙂 Thank you for all of these great tips and recipes!

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (22)Stacy says

      Well, I’m glad it made sense. After I said it, I wondered if anyone would get it. Ha ha!

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  8. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (23)Sonja Sarr says

    Chicken is the best, and I LOVE making it in the crock pot! It’s so versatile and can go into so many recipes.

    As far as teenagers go, I’m not there YET, but I will be soon. My eldest turns 10 today!! A decade has FLOWN by.

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (24)Stacy says

      Sometimes my kids eat more than me…and my oldest is 5. LOL

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  9. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (25)Jenna says

    Hi Stacy what size chicken do you typically buy?

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (26)Stacy says

      Just a regular ole fryer. I think they normally run around 5 pounds?

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  10. How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (27)Jenna says

    Hi Stacy! I love your blog, I just found you about 2 months ago. I’m curious what size chicken you buy. And I’m trying to get my husband to buy the magnesium lotion…5 years no sleep. He’s a skeptic! Won’t know until ya try it… Hope he agrees to try!

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    • How to Get Three Meals from One Chicken - Humorous Homemaking (28)Stacy says

      Hey, you tell him it worked for my dad! 🙂
      I just buy a fryer chicken. I think they normally run around 5 pounds. Just big enough that it isn’t too big for my crock pot. 🙂 If that makes sense.

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Some options for 1-2 cups cooked chicken:
  1. White Chicken Lasagna.
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Turn the chicken breast-side up, then press down firmly on the breastbone to flatten and open out the chicken.
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We eat chicken drumsticks at least once a week, and I try to make a whole chicken every two weeks. I've seen other bloggers share how they make 4-5 meals from one chicken, and I really didn't think it was possible. Whenever we make a whole chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken, it seems like we eat it in a snap.

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After dissembling a whole chicken, you should end up with 8 pieces: two breasts, two thighs, two drumsticks, and two wings. See tips below on how to use the leftover carcass. With the chicken breast side up, run a sharp knife down the center of the breasts and slice down, splitting in two.

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I am sharing how I take one Costco Rotisserie Chicken and turn it into 5 meals for my husband and me. That's FIVE MEALS, not five servings! Plus, I use my InstantPot to make a delicious chicken soup from the bones, so technically that's SIX meals! And no, they aren't chintzy, starvation diet-sized meals.

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Here are 7 steps for cutting a whole chicken into 8 pieces: 2 breast halves, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, and 2 wings. Lay the bird on its back. Wiggle a wing to determine where the joint attaches to the breast. To separate the wing from the breast, use a sharp knife to cut through the ball joint where it meets the breast.

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Both Smallholder Range Layers Crumble and Pellets can be fed to all poultry and provides all the nutrients your hens need. All commercial hens will have been fed a dry mash throughout their lives, so the Crumble is the perfect feed as they start their free range future.

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How to use chicken for multiple meals? ›

You can thaw a chicken by Sunday, cut it up, stick the pieces in the fridge for that week's meals, make your broth with the carcass, and set yourself up for success in the kitchen that week.

How many will one whole chicken feed? ›

Herb Fed Free Range Chicken
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2kg (4.5lb)4-6 people
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From a 1.5 kg organic bird, I'd usually get at least 23 meals. We both like the leg and thigh when freshly roasted, part of the breast might end up in chicken pies, or noodle soup, or a nachos sauce, or Caesar salad, or fried rice, or curry sauce, or ensalada Mixta, or sandwiches. Bones etc go into the next stock.

How many meals are from one rotisserie chicken? ›

I am sharing how I take one Costco Rotisserie Chicken and turn it into 5 meals for my husband and me. That's FIVE MEALS, not five servings! Plus, I use my InstantPot to make a delicious chicken soup from the bones, so technically that's SIX meals! And no, they aren't chintzy, starvation diet-sized meals.

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