I take pride in our low grocery bill each month because I really love stretching meals, using leftovers to create a new meal, and just being smart about the groceries I buy, and using them to their full potential. Whenever we go to Costco I like to buy one of their nice, big Rotisserie chickens for $4.99, because I can usually get 4-5 meals out of it, plus a large batch of chicken broth, which makes it a great deal! The way I’m able to do this is by making recipes that call for several other ingredients besides chicken.
Here are some of my favorite meals using a rotisserie chicken!
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Chicken Taco Casserole
Cheesecake Factory Tex Mex Eggrolls copycat
Chicken and Spinach Flautas, Baked
Barbeque Chicken Pizza
Chicken Cordon Bleu Rollups
Spinach Chicken Bowtie Pasta Salad
After I’ve used up all of the chicken on my rotisserie chicken I’m left with the discarded bones and chicken carcass (for lack of a better word, haha). At this point, I can make a big pot full of homemade chicken broth that I’ll store in my freezer, or use to make some yummy homemade soup!
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Yields 7-8 cups of broth
Bones and leftover pieces of 1 Rotisserie Chicken
2 celery sticks with leaves, cut into chunks
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
2 medium onions, cut into chunks
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
10 whole peppercorns
8 cups cold water
Place rotisserie chicken, vegetables, spices and water into a large soup pot. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.
Reduce heat, cover and summer for 1-2 hours.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain broth, through a fine sieve strainer, discarding all vegetables and seasonings so you are only left with the broth.
At this point you may choose to:
1. Refrigerate overnight, for use the next day. After refrigerating, skim the fat that has raised to the surface.
2. Freeze for future use.
I like to measure out my broth in batches of two cups each that I place in ziplock bags and put in the freezer. That way I can pull it out of the freezer and know I have exactly 2 cups of homemade chicken broth for whatever recipes I’m making!