- March 8, 2007 at 7:50 pm #238295LissKeymaster
Re: Budget101.com : Help…empty pantry!
Not sure how big your family is, but this is a tried and true recipe for
stretching a whole chicken. Cheap and tasty too. This is from Leanne Ely,
author of Saving Dinner.
I’m not affiliated with her or her website, just a big
fan of her recipes. HTH
Leanne Ely’s Rubber Chicken
Serves 4 for 3 days
1 chicken — washed and patted dry (get a nice sized one)
1/2 celery rib — cut in pieces
1 onion — quartered
1 carrot — cut in 2″ pieces
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Day One: The adventure begins–Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the cavity of the
chicken, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and place cut up vegetables
inside. Sprinkle the outside with salt and pepper and a little garlic powder,
too, if you like.
Cook for about an hour or longer (depending on the size of the bird) till the
juices run clear. Let sit a minute and then remove the vegetables. In the
meantime, if you were smart, you boiled the neck with some celery, onion and
carrot and have that broth, too.
To further cut down on the grease from the chicken, you could take the cooking
juices and put them in a cup and refrigerate while you make the rest of the
meal. This will get rid of a significant amount of chicken fat which will all
rise to the top. Make a nice gravy by deglazing the pan with a little water and
thicken it up with a flour/water mixture (about a tablespoon should do) Serve
your wonderful chicken with Just Like Mama’s Mashed Potatoes and lots and lots
Remember, you want leftover chicken.
Day Two: Let the adventure continue! Take your time and pull every last itty
bitty bit of chicken of them bones. You want that chicken skeleton to look like
a science project.
Toss the chicken in pot with a can of black beans and season
with a little cumin, some garlic powder and serve it up with lots of salsa,
tortillas, some cheese–whatever turns your key! A great big salad will give you
a perfect dinner.
Day Three: The adventure ends–with the skeletal remains finally hitting the
stock pot. Throw in the same veggies: onion, carrots and celery, season it with
salt, pepper and garlic powder and throw about 3 quarts of water over the top.
Cook the daylights out of it and strain. Now make soup or store appropriately.
Bet you didn’t know one puny chicken had so many meals in it, did you?
Remember this is Rubber Chicken, not Miracle Chicken, if you have a big family,
you will need to cook more than one chicken to insure leftovers. LOL
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