Category Archives: Leftovers

One roast chicken: Five meals

Roast chicken, the most commonly eaten white meat

I recently bought a big and juicy roast chicken from Costco. (Making a roast chicken is almost as easy and if you don’t know how, I highly recommend the method detailed on the America’s Test Kitchen site from this year:
http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/detail.php?docid=31237&incode=M**ASCA00 )

Since there are only two of us, there was 3/4 of a roast chicken left.I allowed it to cool and then cut most of the meet off the chicken, storing it in the refrigerator.  The carcass went into a soup pot along with 1 cup of baby carrots, a bunch of fresh dill, roughly chopped kale (whatever I had left over in the refrigerator) three roughly chopped garlic cloves and covered it with water.  Brought it to a boil and then turned it down on low to simmer for several hours.  If I had some leftover rice, that would have gone in during the last 15 minutes, but it’s fine without it.

The rest of the chicken was used in three additional meals!!  Chicken salad, chicken croquettes, and a copycat version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup!

That’s five meals from one roast chicken.  I’ll post the soup recipe later in the week.

Turkey Grape Salad

Turkey on the Road

Image by tomswift46 (No Groups with Comments) via Flickr

Even after sending everyone home with doggie bags, there’s still quite a bit of turkey leftover.  The carcass was turned into Turkey Rice soup, and the rest of the turkey was cut up and bagged.  With all the sides gone, it was time to do something different with the turkey and it occurred to me that a salad would be an easy and delicious way to use some of it up.  Served tonight with tomato bisque soup, the husband said it was “better than Panera’s.”

2 cups diced turkey
1 cup red seedless grapes
½ cup glazed walnut pieces
2/3 cup mayonnaise

Cut grapes in half.  Mix together all ingredients and pile onto fresh, soft rolls.

Like the chicken salad, you can vary this by using different nuts, or substituting dried cranberries or raisins, or even chopped up apples or pears for the seedless grapes.  You can add diced celery, curry powder or other seasonings.  This is a very versatile and forgiving salad!