Thursday, January 26, 2012

Roast a Chicken

One thing that we have in common is that we all roast a chicken and make as many meals possible from it. So, we are going to share the different things we do with our chicken after the initial meal!

Just the other day I was trying to figure out what to do for dinner. I remembered, "Oh yah, mom gave me some left over chicken from the family meal on Sunday!" Then I had to decide what I was going to do...I looked around and noticed i still had some hoagie buns that should be used up. Plus as usual dinner was going to be a little rushed. AND, I got to go pick up my dress for the wedding I am in Saturday! (best friend Lacey is getting married to her high school sweetheart. Jo- flowergirl Me- bridesmaid.) So I broke out my little white crock pot shredded up a couple chunks of the chicken meat and tossed in some BBQ sauce. I had a huge bottle left from Jess's bday dinner (Ribs!). I mixed it up and put it on low. I would have added some onion and peppers but I don't like them and the girls don't either. Therefore Jess suffers again:( For a side I tossed some yellow flesh potatoes in olive oil with a little lot of seasoning salt and through them in the oven at 250. I then went to get my dress which only took 30 min. Came home turned each of them up and then toasted my buns in the oven. Great, simple, easy meal! btw, my mom always put the oven on low to cook things and left the house. So I hope that isn't too bad. If it is . . . blame my mother!

How do you roast your chicken? When it's done, is the skin perfectly golden brown and crispy? Mine is every time. I'm not perfect though, somehow I always end up roasting it upside down. When Mal told me this was going to be our topic for tonight, I immediately thought of the sandwiches (this one and this one) I like to make with ours after a few days, but Mal covered sandwiches, so what else can you do with your left over chicken? 

SOUP! This recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup is perfect for spicing up that last little bit, after you've ate if for 3 days...
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 small onion, diced (I use red onion)
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, diced (tip, strip the seeds out if you don't like a lot of heat)
6 cups chicken broth
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
Cooked shredded chicken breast (about 3 breast worth)
2 limes (juiced)
Salt and pepper
1 cup chopped FRESH cilantro
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese

In a large sauce pan heat the vegetable oil, add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic, jalapenos and cook for another couple of minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, tomatoes, and beans, bring to a boil. Once at a boil add chicken and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Then add lime juice and cilantro. Serve with a mound a cheese and tortilla chips.
Trust me, this soup is awesome! It's one of my favorites.

The prince loves it when I cook a whole chicken at the beginning of the week, but I think by day 4 he's taking that back. We have so many recipes we love to make with left over chicken. One of the all time quick and easy ones in BBQ chicken pizza. So simple, and most stuff on hand!

Crust (I'll either make a dough or grab a pre-made crust found in the pizza section in Meijer)
BBQ (Any kind will do, we love Sweet Baby Rays Sweet & Spicy)
Shredded Chicken
Green Pepper
Cheese ( we use whatever kind we have in the fridge)

Lettuce (after is cooked)

Make like a pizza and cook!! and enjoy!



  1. Love it! I have a simple BBQ chicken recipe for the crock pot that I got from a friend:

    5 frozen chicken breasts
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 bottle BBQ sauce
    pinch onion salt (or chopped onion flakes)
    dash garlic powder

    put all ingredients in crock pot on low for at least 7 hours. Chicken pulls apart with just a fork when done! We eat it as is, but you could shred it up for sandwiches or pizza. :)

  2. One of the favorites with leftover chicken here..Chicken & Stuffing Casserole

    1 box chicken flavored stuffing mix
    1 large jar of chicken gravy (or I use leftover gravy too)

    Mix stuffing according to box but do not cook on stove top or in microwave. Instead just spread stuffing it in a 8x8 pan, top with chicken (as much as you would like) and pour gravy over top. Pop in oven until gravy is bubbling..about 30 minutes.
    If you would like to use a 9x13 pan use 2 boxes stuffing and 2 jars gravy! Super easy and yummy!


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