To ask what you can do with a chicken?

(69 Posts)
KenAdams Fri 12-Jul-13 12:37:02

I've heard MNers can do wonderful things with a chicken grin

Is it roast dinner, curry, stock or do you all actually have amazing ways of feeding 18 people for 12 days with a single chicken?

squeakytoy Fri 12-Jul-13 12:38:25

a dead one or a living one?

juule Fri 12-Jul-13 12:39:10

grin @ squeakytoy

LuisSuarezTeeth Fri 12-Jul-13 16:06:46

I am having chicken tonight. Normally I would roast the chicken and have as roast dinner. That feeds 5 of us, 2 adults one child and one teenager. Then I take every last scrap of meat off and make a curry with lots of veg. The less attractive scraps go to the cat or dog.

I boil the carcass and bones with onion, carrot and herbs for stock which goes in the freezer for the next chicken dinner to make gravy. Sometimes I roast 2 chickens at once and double the effort as it saves on gas.

This evening I am roasting with onion, garlic and peppers for warm chicken salad with crusty bread. I may use leftovers for sandwiches and a chicken and ham pie - I make that with leeks in a creamy sauce.

LuisSuarezTeeth Fri 12-Jul-13 16:07:49

In the case of a living chicken I would probably run grin

Crinkle77 Fri 12-Jul-13 16:11:55

Obviously depends how big your family as to how many meals you can get out of it but I do pretty much similar to Luis. I don't think people realise how much meat there is left on a chicken after you have had the breast and the legs for a roast. Turn it upside down and there is loads underneath. Ok it's not as nice as the breast but who is going to know in curry or a pie.

YoniBottsBumgina Fri 12-Jul-13 16:16:44

There's only me and DS, but last time I bought one, we had a roast, I kept the drumsticks to eat coldythe next day, put the wings back in the oven later to crisp up and eat for a snack, the rest of the meat I divided up into about 3 child sized portions and froze in gravy. That meant an easy quick dinner for DS where I only had to cook veg and microwave the chicken in gravy to defrostand reheat it.

I don't boil carcasses, because I don't often use chicken stock and i don't like chicken soup vert much. I find it more convenient to use stock cubes if I do want some.

hermioneweasley Fri 12-Jul-13 16:35:25

Like others I get a fairly large bird (usually pay £6-7) which feeds 4 of us for a roast dinner. Boil the carcass for stock and then always have one round of chicken. Noodle soup and then either a pie or a salad or some sandwiches.

HatieKopkins Fri 12-Jul-13 16:45:06

I can make a whole chicken disappear in about three minutes. Fear me!

HaroldLloyd Fri 12-Jul-13 16:50:25

Hold it in the air whilst sticking a deck chair up your nose?

CointreauVersial Fri 12-Jul-13 16:52:15

Showing your age, Haraldlloyd.wink

HaroldLloyd Fri 12-Jul-13 16:54:58

I know, and I can remember all the lyrics which is a bit upsetting.

Luis, your making me drool badly.

Tee2072 Fri 12-Jul-13 16:55:14

I get one roast dinner, one curry/pie/risotto and usually 2 lunches out of a large chicken.

Life is too short to boil a carcass.

Portofino Fri 12-Jul-13 16:57:52

This recipe is really impressive if a little complicated....

PearlyWhites Fri 12-Jul-13 16:58:14

I am not the best cook, would anyone mind sharing how to make a curry from a cooked chicken step by step. Am worried about how to reheat chicken without food poisoning. Also can only make curry from a jar blush would love to make it from scratch. ( also a risotto recipe would be great).
How long can a chicken keep in a fridge? Thanks

AmbrosiaCreamedMice Fri 12-Jul-13 16:59:15

How much is a chicken stock cube? Really, THROW THE CARCASS AWAY.

PearlyWhites Fri 12-Jul-13 16:59:31

Louis do you have recipe for your pie? Thanks

We quite often buy 2-3 chickens (depending on size), roast them up and have a roast meal (2 adults) and then use the remaining during the week on things like thai curries, indian-style curries, stir fries, pizzas, pies. We can quite often get 4-5 days worth of meals out of them.

LuisSuarezTeeth Fri 12-Jul-13 17:02:38

Pearly I will think it through and post in a min, I k

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 12-Jul-13 17:04:09

In the summer I smear, it with lots of herby button and lemon, then roast it and eat with salad and bread or pita bread and a garlicy mayonnaise.
It lasts a couple of days with me and ds and the cats and dog.

LuisSuarezTeeth Fri 12-Jul-13 17:05:18

Oops, kinda just do it

<fat fingers>

DP tells me his mother hit his father over the head with a frozen chicken once. Lovely lady grin

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Fri 12-Jul-13 17:05:24

I usually cook a chicken for either a roast dinner or to have with salad. I then use the left over to make either a stir fry or a chicken supreme. There is usually enough to have a sandwich too, depending on the size of the chicken.

Now a Turkey crown I can do loads with. Full Christmas dinner for 5 people, Turkey Curry, Turkey supreme, turkey stir fry, turkey sandwiches for 6 people... the Turkey crown was £9.99 in December. I bought a second one at £7.99 in January so even better - cost less than £2 per meal with a lot left over.

LuisSuarezTeeth Fri 12-Jul-13 17:16:53

Right, chicken and ham pie:

Fry a couple of leeks in butter then add a little garlic, salt an pepper. Add the chicken and roughly equal amount if cooked ham (ham ends are good for this).

Make a basic white sauce keeping it quite thick. If I have time I infuse the milk with bay leaf and onion. Season with pepper (no more salt) and add a pinch of sugar. Mix in the chicken mixture, plop in a dish and cover with puff pastry. Bake until golden.

Eat it all yourself serve with veg &#128522;

LuisSuarezTeeth Fri 12-Jul-13 17:17:27

grin I mean

Tee2072 Fri 12-Jul-13 17:18:51

You can eat chicken cold so don't worry about heating it through once it's cooked.

Make a curry sauce with chilli powder, tomato paste, single cream, cumin, garam masala, Dijon mustard all mixed together and heated through, add the chicken to heat through and serve over rice.

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