Roasting a chicken might seem daunting, but it is actually quite simple. It makes a crowd-pleasing meal that fills your house with delicious aromas. And the best part: the possibilities for leftovers are endless.
Start with our Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe and read on for leftover ideas.
Eating the Leftovers
The uses for the leftover chicken are countless. Pick the meat off the bones, and the world is your oyster. Here are just a handful of ideas:
- Use chicken to bulk up your spinach and feta frittata.
- For lunch, stuff a quesadilla or grilled sandwich with leftover chicken and roasted red peppers.
- Make a chicken caesar wrap with tortillas.
- Make a basic chicken salad by combining the cooked chicken with mayonnaise and chopped celery. Eat on crackers as a snack.
- Sauté broccoli and garlic and toss with chicken and cooked pasta for a quick dinner.
- Add chicken to a homemade soup, along with any other veggies you might have in your fridge.
- Grind the cooked chicken finely in a food processor along with onions and spices. Use as a filling for chicken enchiladas.
- Brush barbeque sauce on pita bread and top with chicken, cilantro and smoked cheddar cheese. Bake until hot and melted for a BBQ chicken pizza.
- Add to a big green salad to turn it into a complete meal.
The Bones – Making Chicken Stock
Don’t throw out those bones! Roasted chicken bones make a great base for homemade stock. Read our blog post for the whole process, or read the primer below.
Combine all bones with celery, carrot, onion, fresh thyme and parsley, black peppercorns, and bay leaf in a large pot. Cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer. Skim off any scum that floats to the top. Simmer for 4-6 hours. Strain. Keep the stock in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Use the stock to make soup or sauces. Give grains (like rice, couscous or quinoa) extra flavor by cooking them in homemade stock.
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