Roasted Chicken – the Awesome Budget Stretching Food

Every time I roast a chicken, I am reminded that there’s a reason chickens are awesome.

I had seven people over for dinner last Friday, and chose two plump roasters at my butcher shop. Out the door, less than ten dollars.

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I roasted them in a large All Clad pan with a rack that I share with my daughter and her cheffy boyfriend. Think about sharing large and expensive cooking pots with someone in your family — do you really need two of these items, or can you send one back and forth as needed? Another bundle of cash saved.


original I used Julia Child’s roasted chicken recipe and the two chickens served the seven of us with about a half of the second chicken left over. I talked about Julia’s cooking here; my post includes a video on how to roast a chicken.

After the dinner party, we threw the carcasses into a baggie, put them in the refrigerator, and went on with our weekend. Easy-peasey.

Monday night I stripped off the breast and remaining big pieces of chicken and warmed them up in a store-bought Thai peanut sauce for Music Man. There wasn’t much left in the skinny sauce bottle, so I put some water in the bottle, shook it up, and poured the diluted peanut sauce into the pan. Then I let the sauce cook down again, and Music Man loved his Thai chicken made from leftovers. Price — very close to being free.

The remaining carcasses went into the crockpot with enough water to cover them and I cooked them overnight on low heat. In the morning, I strained the broth and sorted through all the remaining bits of chicken to get rid of the bones and skin.

The last bits of chicken made a tasty chicken salad sandwich for my lunch and the broth will be used tonight to make shrimp and grits (I’ll link up that recipe and the story behind it soon!). I saved a couple of dollars there as well from my original ten dollar investment.

Any leftover broth is cooled and the fat skimmed off. Then I freeze the broth in a baggie for another meal. That’s another dollar saved.

One dinner party + one dinner + one lunch + two broths = Awesome.

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5 thoughts on “Roasted Chicken – the Awesome Budget Stretching Food

  1. Love cooking whole chickens! They are delicious the first time and the leftovers are great in soups, salads and ‘reinvented!” I never thought of cooking the bones down in a crockpot for broth, though. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I love to make chicken salad from the left over chicken we get when we buy one of the rotisserie chickens from the store. I’ll have to try it next time I make a chicken, it’s been over a year!

  3. I am with you 1000%, girlfriend!!! There is NOTHING like the relative value of a roasted chicken!! I can make one of those bad boys stretch halfway across the country and back!!! I think a lot of people forget that the carcass still has a lot of value and can be the start of more good meals like soups and stews or just flavoring other dishes (like your shrimp & grits). I will admit that it has been ages since I actually roasted a chicken myself. I pick one up at Costco and let ‘er rip from there. Still…inexpensive and worth the $4.99 for the eventual 12-15+ food servings it will provide!

  4. There are no limits to things we can do with chicken and broth. I don’t know how it happened, but I ran out of broth in the freezer recently. I never buy it in the can or box, so i had to change my dinner plans. It’s so good to see others do this step for making broth, too! I hope y’all had a fun time with your guests and delicious roasted chicken! 🙂

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