1 Chicken, 6 Ways – Using It ALL!

by Tammy Taylor

I recently cooked a whole chicken in my slow-cooker and had visions swirling in my head of all the different ways I could still use the rest of the chicken to feed us.  Hummm… I wonder how many times I can feed RancherMan & myself with this one small bird?  Y’all know I love a good challenge, and challenge ACCEPTED!  I sat out to use it all, and I’ve really gotten a lot of mileage out of this one chicken, check it out!

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

There are only two of us here at the ranch these days, but that one chicken fed us so many times and in so many different ways.  Let’s count them off – you can click the links to see my recipes.

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomesteadSlow Cooker Spicy Sticky Chicken

Of course the first round was spent cooking the entire bird in my slow cooker.  It was seasoned with spicy savory spices such as cayenne, chili powder and paprika.

 

 

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomesteadHealthy Nutritious Broth

After supper I pulled the remaining meat from the thicken.  I placed the bones and trimmings in my slow cooker, filled it with water and a splash of vinegar and allowed it to simmer all night.  It resulted in several quarts of healthy delicious stock.

 

 

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomesteadCream of Chicken Soup

I used some of that chicken stock to make Cream of Chicken soup for my next meal.  Making my own “Cream-Of” soup saves us money in our food budget.  Plus it’s void of those questionable ingredients and heavy salt often present in the commercial stuff.

 

 

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomesteadChicken Pot Pie

Armed with my Cream of Chicken soup I quickly whipped up a flaky crust and assembled a delicious Chicken Pot Pie.  Now this is one of RancherMan’s favorite ways for me to use leftover chicken. And it’s so easy!

 

 

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomesteadChicken & Dumplings

There was still plenty of chicken meat & broth left.  So I opted to whip up some homemade dumplings & make a hearty meal of Chicken & Dumplings.  There was even enough leftover after our supper to feed us several chicken & dumpling lunches as well.

 

 

1 CHICKEN, 6 WAYS - Using It ALL! Thinking outside the box I fed my family several delicious meals with just 1 chicken and wasted nothing. #TaylorMadeHomesteadLeftover Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Now our leftover chicken is starting to be scarce, but it only takes a small amount of meat when you couple it with tender-crisp zucchini noodles and season it all with Herb-Bombs!

 

Now that’s a lot of mileage from one small bird!  But by thinking outside the box I was able to feed RancherMan & myself several delicious meals and wasted nothing.  That’s not only healthy & good for the grocery budget but it makes me feel good too knowing I’ve been careful with our resources.  How are your favorite ways of ‘Using It All’?

~TMH~

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18 thoughts on “1 Chicken, 6 Ways – Using It ALL!

  1. Karyl

    I love this! I’m cooking for one, so I always hate buying a whole rotisserie chicken because I never know quite how to use it all. These are some great tips. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Erin

    Thanks for this! I raise chickens for eggs, so I buy free-range butchered chicken from a neighboring homestead. The birds are big (Cornish cross Giants), so I’m glad to see some other recipe ideas to use it up. Especially with dumplings!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Awesome Erin – I think you’ll be pretty pleased with the ease of the chicken-n-dumplings recipe, as well as the taste. 🙂 ~TMH~

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  3. Dee

    This is impressive! You can do so much with one chicken, and I love cooking it in the Crock-Pot! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. 🙂

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  4. Keeper At The Homestead

    Funny that I came across this post! We think alike. I boiled a chicken on my stove today. I can usually get three meals out of it. Chicken dumplings and chikoen pot pie with homemade broth are two meals I have planned! 🙂

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  5. Elaine

    Great Post! and Great Recipes! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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  6. JES

    Love this! Our goal is no-waste as well… Have you ever tried boiling down the chicken feet. Not too pretty but it is one more way to get nutrients in… Not too bad as a base for rice 🙂 Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve never had access to the feet JES, we’ve never butchered one of our own hens. We typically only raise them during the temperate months & sell them each fall since we really don’t have the facilities to overwinter them. I’ve heard of people boiling down the chicken feet though – if we ever decide to harvest one of our hens (or roosters) I’ll certainly give it a try. ~TMH~

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  7. CTY

    I have been MIA for a bit–dealing with DH health issues. I use all the little bits up by making Chicken Croquettes: mix chicken with mashed potatoes & one egg, roll into balls, roll in bread crumbs, brush with oil and bake them. They are crunchy on the outside and pillows of fluffy goodness on the inside. Serve with biscuits, yeast rolls or toast & my version of your cream of anything soup. Naturally, they work with leftover turkey too.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      OH NO!! I hope your DH is feeling better soon! Thanks for the tip on making chicken croquettes, I’ve done that with salmon but I’ve never even thought about making it with chicken. I love that yours are baked instead of fried – I’m gonna have to give it a try! ~TMH~

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  8. Margy

    Very impressive. I’m afraid unless it was a very large chicken we wouldn’t get more than two, maybe three meals. I miss not being able to use a crockpot at the cabin because of our limited electricity, but a pot on the woodstove can keep going a long time. – Margy

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ll admit Margy, RancherMan *is* a big-time meat-n-potatoes kinda guy so I portion out the meat to make it stretch when I need to. The addition of the zucchini noodles was a delicious stretcher, as was the chicken pot pie with all the veggies. With the chicken pot pie I used the fresh chicken broth so it gave a powerful meat punch without overloading the dish with meat. I was pretty pleased at how far this particular bird stretched, it was a huge budget saver for us. ~TMH~

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