How to make 3 meals from 1 chicken (2024)

Minimizing food waste is more important than ever right now, but we don’t have to make stingy boring meals to make food go further. This is how I make a large chicken into 3 meals for a family of four.
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First and foremost, we need a large chicken. The bigger the better! Go for the best quality you can afford so you get the most meat and flavour for your money.

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For the first meal, we’re going to roast that chicken:

1. Roast Chicken with Rich Gravy

Ideally you want to serve that roast chicken with lots of sides so that a couple of slices of chicken will be enough to satisfy everyone.

What can you serve it with:

  • Crispiest Roast Potatoes
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • Simple Butter Pepper Carrots
  • Garlic and Parmesan Green Beans
  • Perfect Yorkshire Puddings (don’t save those Yorkshire just for Roast beef!)
  • Cauliflower Cheese – my easy version
  • Sprout Gratin

We’re also going to use the roasting juices at the bottom of the roasting tin to make delicious meaty gravy.

2. Chicken Fried Rice

Next we’re going to remove all of the shreds of chicken we can and split them into two portions. Be sure to turn the chicken over and pull it apart to find the maximum amount of chicken.

Save the chicken carcass too – this is important for the third meal. You can wrap and freeze the carcass until you’re ready to use it.

Wrap and freeze one of the portions of chicken, and wrap and refrigerate the second portion ready for Chicken fried rice the following day. If you’re not going to make the fried rice the next day, then wrap and freeze this portion of chicken too. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

3. Chicken and Vegetable soup

This is my favourite comforting soup. It uses shreds of chicken as well as the chicken carcass and it’s got a lovely rich flavour.

We boil up the carcass first to get the most delicious stock. If you wanted to make the stock ahead of time and freeze it (without making the soup at this point), here’s a recipe on how to make stock.

We’re going to add a couple of stock cubes to the stock when we make soup as this will make it stretch further. We boil the vegetables in the strained stock until tender, then we add in seasoning and those defrosted chicken shreds and heat them through until piping hot.

This is my ritual.

Roast dinner –> chicken fried rice –> chicken soup.

However it’s not the only thing you can do with that homemade chicken stock or those leftover shreds of cooked chicken.

What else can I make with homemade chicken stock?

  • Meatygravy – this is great for recipes that need gravy, but don’t have anything in the way of meat juices to make the gravy – such as Toad in the Hole or Poutine.
  • CreamyChicken and Mushroom one pan casserole
  • Chicken and Bacon Mac N Cheese
  • White Chilli Chicken Con Carne
  • One pot Garlic Chicken Pastawith Kale

What else can I do with leftover chicken?

  • Tuscan Chicken Soup
  • Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
  • CreamyChicken and Potato Bake
  • Roast
  • Chicken ala King

What’s your favourite recipe using leftover chicken?

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How to make 3 meals from 1 chicken (2024)


How do you make multiple meals out of one chicken? ›

Some options for 1-2 cups cooked chicken:
  1. White Chicken Lasagna.
  2. Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps.
  3. Chicken Burritos.
  4. Chicken Bacon Avocado Wraps.
  5. Chicken Fried Rice (skip the cooking chicken part)
  6. Chicken Avocado Salad.
  7. Chicken Alfredo Pizza.

How many meals can you make with one chicken? ›

This is how I make a large chicken into 3 meals for a family of four. First and foremost, we need a large chicken. The bigger the better! Go for the best quality you can afford so you get the most meat and flavour for your money.

How many meals can I make from a whole chicken? ›

I wanted to share a meal planning idea with you of how to take a whole chicken, cut it up at the beginning of the week, and have all the pieces you need to make FIVE wonderfully wholesome and delicious meals for the week.

How do you get the most meals out of a whole chicken? ›

Turn the chicken breast-side up, then press down firmly on the breastbone to flatten and open out the chicken.
  1. Meal 1: Spatchco*cked roast chicken with orzo and roast vegetables. ...
  2. Meal 2: Chicken, leek and ham pasties. ...
  3. Meal 3 Freekeh, chicken and pomegranate salad. ...
  4. Meal 4: Chicken and mango coconut curry.

How many portions can you get from a whole chicken? ›

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.

Is one chicken enough for 4 adults? ›

On average, one whole chicken typically provides enough meat for about four servings. So, for a family of four, you may want to consider raising one chicken per week for a steady supply of fresh, homegrown poultry.

How many people can eat 1 full chicken? ›

Herb Fed Free Range Chicken
Size of birdPortions
1.8kg (3.9lb)3-4 people
2kg (4.5lb)4-6 people
2.5kg (5.5lb)6-8 people

How to make the most out of a chicken? ›

What to Do with a Whole Chicken Besides Roast It
  1. Slow-cook it. Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker is a hands-off process that could not be easier, and rewards you with the most juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone meat. ...
  2. Braise it. ...
  3. Cook it in an Instant Pot. ...
  4. Simmer it into a soup. ...
  5. Cut it up and cook the pieces.
May 1, 2019

How many will one whole chicken feed? ›

A whole 3 to 4-pound chicken will feed 4 to 6 people, depending on ages and appetite. For Cornish game hens, which are very small chickens, count on one small (1.25 pounds) game hen per person or half of a larger (2-pound) game hen.

How many meals are out of a chicken? ›

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 can you get from one rotisserie chicken? ›

You can easily make 5 meals out of one rotisserie chicken from the store. A rotisserie chicken is perfect for meal planning and I think you'll love that these meals come together quickly too.

How many meals can you make out of a chicken? ›

Step 4: Roast the first chicken and get 5 meals out of it.

Meal 5: Eat the roasted chicken with several side dishes as your meal for the night, but be sure that there is plenty of meat left to use for other meals. Meals 6-8: After you eat, shred and/or cube the rest of the chicken that you can take off the carcass.

How many pieces of chicken can you get from 1 chicken? ›

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.

How many meals 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.

Can you cook chicken multiple times? ›

Can You Reheat Chicken Twice? Chicken is no different from other meats, and you can reheat it safely two or more times. When you reheat chicken, it is important that you properly heat it the whole way through. Pieces of chicken must be steaming in the middle.

How to use all parts of a whole chicken? ›

Make a chicken salad for sandwiches with half of the meat and use the rest to make a casserole for another night. Or use the chicken in a big batch of pasta salad for a picnic or cookout. Instead of tossing the wings and carcass, consider using the remaining bones and pieces to make a flavorful stock.

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