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The Joy of Cooking (With a Rotisserie Chicken) 
Apr. 15, 2010 5:20 am 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 8:53 am
 Who knew that a Rotisserie Chicken from Sam’s Club (or any grocery store/supermarket) could cause me to write a blog?

I have discovered that for a $4.99 chicken, I can make and serve at least three meals for two or more people.  Let’s start with the chicken right out of the carton.  Slice off some of the white meat and have delicious chicken, mayo, lettuce, tomato sandwiches.  Okay – that’s one lunch for two people. 

Next, remove skin and bones, separating the meat into white and dark and decide what to make next.  How about a chicken-broccoli casserole using the white meat?  I had two cups of diced breast meat and came up with this recipe:

which easily serves six hungry folks or eight not as hungry friends and relatives. 

Moving right along, let’s use the dark meat.  What about this easy, peasy recipe: 

and don’t forget to rinse and drain the beans unless you like black soup!  I also like to add one can Rotel tomatoes to the mix.  Soup for six-eight, coming right up! 

So now we have three meals serving 12-16 people and all for $5 worth of meat! 

(One other bit of advice, as the weather warms up – choose to buy and debone your chicken on the day before trash pick-up.  Nothing sours a trash can faster than a rotting chicken carcass…)  And on that happy note, I take my leave!

Apr. 15, 2010 5:53 am
Well done! You can also, then throw the bones in the crockpot, add water and cook it away. Drain off the broth and keep it for using and toss the bones :).
Apr. 15, 2010 6:02 am
i so agree with u...and lady sparkle...but what a great deal!!!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:03 am
Bravo! And look at the $$$ you saved!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:14 am
way to go Swchef-love the ideas, waiting for the babies <---------- over there to grow up and then I can enjoy chicken again-seems they have earlobes? I would put a pair of gold hoops on them but am quite sure PETA would find me and throw red paint on my house:) Flo and Myrtle have many cousins at my house-I did name a few of mine-they are... Soup, Stuffed, Kiev, Cordon Blue, A la King, Fried-I nicknamed him Kentucky, BarBQed, need to think of a few more:)
Apr. 15, 2010 6:51 am
Thanks! I try to do the same thing, many meals and really vary what I do with the meat. My hubby loves chicken and I get tired of it so, if I change it up many ways it's not so monotonous. Thanks for the recipe ideas.
Apr. 15, 2010 6:52 am
What a great idea. Talk about making a meal go a long way. good for you!
Apr. 15, 2010 7:14 am
One of the best bargains around if you ask me! I love chicken and roast my own a lot, but I think a rotisserie chicken is a great treat. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 15, 2010 7:36 am
They are really a fantastic deal...and on the really good days, my grocery store has buy one get one free!! I use mine in soups and love to throw it in chicken salad. It's hard not to just eat the whole thing while pulling off the meat :)
Apr. 15, 2010 7:36 am
I also add water to the juices in the bottom of the carton and heat. Then cool and skim off fat and use this in the tortilla soup. However, I'm not one to boil bones...
Apr. 15, 2010 7:58 am
RNG. . . Grilled, Marinated, Saute-ed, Stew-y. . . :) swchef, I do, throw the wings and skin in there too, and actually cook it until the bones are soft (overnight usually does it) then strain it and feed the "mash" to the dogs.
Apr. 15, 2010 8:14 am
Sometimes, I'll do this myself but with a whole chicken I've bought on sale. I'll fake-rotisserie cook it in my oven and piece it out. Really bumps up the flavor of whatever you use it in. Great blog.
Apr. 15, 2010 8:25 am
Good job!We grilled a chicken on Sunday.Had the chicken with baked potatoes,and corn on the cob.Then on Monday I added bbqued sauce to some of the chicken and we had sandwiches and chips.On Tues.I opened an easy skillet rice and sauce package and cooked it,added chicken.Wala meal number 3.If hubby doesn't finish up the leftovers I;m going to stuff the rice and chicken in red bell peppers I bought for stuff bell peppers.I guess we saved a load of money this week.Good work.
Apr. 15, 2010 10:29 am
Stuffed peppers; now that sounds good! I'll have to add that to my list.
Apr. 15, 2010 11:41 am
We do this almost once a month! I always boil the bones with some extra seasonings and the freeze for chix noodle soup. With the meat, I make chix enchiladas, chix pot pie, the recipes are endless! And the chix is so tender!!
Apr. 15, 2010 5:19 pm
You are so right, Robbi - tender and juicy. I think I should change my name to ezchef since I'm a lazy cook!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:06 pm
The chickens from Sam's & CostCo are almost double the size of the ones in the "regular" grocery stores around here & they are sometimes almost twice as much $$, too. I'm lucky that a CostCo is only about a mile from where I work-I can get my gas early in the morning when there's no line & shop on my way home. I also usually get enough "samples" to take the edge off my appetite too!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:12 pm
Good job! I use the ready cooked chicken too. I'm one to boil the bones and use the broth also. Your recipes have given me two new meals to use.Thanks!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:15 pm
Outstanding swchef. Those things are akin to the proverbial "not since sliced bread"!!
Apr. 16, 2010 11:52 am
We don't have CostCo here; there is one in El Paso. But our Sam's Club is only about 1 mile away. Sometimes it's almost too convenient.
Apr. 21, 2010 9:37 am
Wonderful! Love the name of your chicken broccoli-casserole! Hehe!!
Apr. 21, 2010 11:17 am
I use a rotisserie chicken whenever I make chicken croquettes -- cuts the work in half. You can't buy a chicken croquette equal to homemade!
Apr. 21, 2010 12:20 pm
Why by a raw roaster when you can get a delicious cooked one for the same price. They are a great deal. My son and I snack on the wings when we're pickin the chicken. I like to put some in a caesar salad for chicken caesar salad.
Apr. 21, 2010 7:56 pm
I love using rotis. chicken for recipes! One of my faves is chicken curry salad. I just rough chop chicken, add 1/2 mayo and 1/2 plain yogurt, curry powder to taste, and whatever I have on hand such as celery, grapes, cashews, etc. And serve as a sandwhich or as a salad!
Apr. 22, 2010 7:57 am
Rotisserie chicks rock! Thank you all for all the other great ideas.
Apr. 22, 2010 9:33 am
I do this once a week. I have found that the 4.99 Costco chicken is soooo much larger than the more expensive grocery store chickens. I make all of my casseroles/soups this way...saves so much time and less expensive!
Apr. 22, 2010 6:00 pm
These are some great ideas! I like to chop some up, throw in boiled eggs, mayo and sweet relish for a quick chick salad! Also use it in Chicken and Sausage gumbo!
Apr. 30, 2010 11:51 am
Hi swchef! I'm not much on the bones thing either. In hot weather I throw them in a sad looking zip lock bag and put in the freezer until garbage day. Oh, "sad looking" means been used and washed a couple times, no longer fit for duty.
May 13, 2010 7:57 am
Great idea - freezing them in the hot weather!
Sep. 20, 2010 8:53 am
Great Blog!! Yes great Minds do think alike..!!
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