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What can I do with a whole chicken that isn’t a roast?

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ColinFlower Mon 22-Jan-18 10:37:12

I can never think of anything but a roast dinner when I use a whole chicken. What else could I do instead?

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CheapSausagesAndSpam Mon 22-Jan-18 10:43:46

Cut it up and make curries.

Bone in chicken makes the best curry.

PandasRock Mon 22-Jan-18 10:46:39

Nigella’s chicken from the Venetian ghetto is a fab recipe. Really simple, and tastes way better than it should, given how few ingredients/how simple it is.

BitOutOfPractice Mon 22-Jan-18 10:54:17

This masala marinated chicken is do good.

It goes with these cumin crusted vegetables

Mugshotzforlunch Mon 22-Jan-18 10:55:21

Spatchcock and periperi spice rub.
Or lemon and herb
Tandoori marinade

HeyMacWey Mon 22-Jan-18 10:57:22

Lorraine pascal's peri peri chicken is delicious and one of our summer Sunday dinners - lovely with a bean and green salad.

wonkylegs Mon 22-Jan-18 11:05:10

I roast the chicken but serve it with giant cous cous cooked in vegetable stock, pui lentils, spinach & roast butternut squash - it always goes down really well as an alternative to traditional roast.

MsHomeSlice Mon 22-Jan-18 11:06:44

Chicken Medicine Soup.

Take your chicken and sit it on a bed of celery, carrots, quartered unpeeled onions. Add in a couple of unpeeled garlic cloves, peppercorns, a generous amount of salt, and a large bunch of parsley...stalks and all

Cover with water, lid on the pan and bring to a boil, reduce to a bare simmer for abut 40 minutes and then off the heat until the chicken is cool enough to handle

Take the chicken out of the stock and strain into a bowl, when cold put into the fridge overnight and skim off the fat in the morning.

Strip all the meat from the chicken...I often keep the breast meat for a pie, and just use the rest for the soup, but if you like it extra chickeny then put all the meat in

When you have skimmed the stock put it back into the pan with the shredded/chopped chicken, some snapped spaghetti and fresh parsley....reheat to serve

*this soup will cure all that ails you. FACT!

I nearly always have a couple of single portion tubs of this in the freezer, it makes me feel all competent, efficient and a very good mother. ;)

Feezles Mon 22-Jan-18 11:19:58

I am too lazy to joint a whole chicken, so I would always cook it whole. I assume it's the whole bells-and-whistles roast dinner you want to avoid, as opposed roasting the chicken (aka just shoving it in the oven, so pretty low effort)?

If so, my favourite non-roast dinner thing to do with a roast chicken is to serve it with macaroni cheese and roast cherry tomatoes. It is delicious!

Celticlassie Mon 22-Jan-18 12:08:34

This is quick, easy and gorgeous.

myrtleWilson Mon 22-Jan-18 12:13:10

Nigella's praised chicken is lovely

Kenworthington Mon 22-Jan-18 12:55:06

I was just coming on to say the Jamie Oliver Thai soup. It’s so so good. I also do some basmati rice with it

ColinFlower Tue 23-Jan-18 11:55:35

Thanks everyone, definitely doing the Thai soup at some point but decided to go for peri peri spatchcock chicken this time. Except it turns out I don't know my breastbone from my back bone! grin
I'm serving it with spicy rice and corn on the cobs, does that sound ok?

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BitOutOfPractice Tue 23-Jan-18 12:04:54

Sounds lovely. What time round you like me to be there??

BitOutOfPractice Tue 23-Jan-18 12:05:05


Chewbecca Wed 24-Jan-18 13:08:43

If I roast a chicken midweek it would usually be served with chips or jackets, salad, coleslaw, corn, maybe garlic bread.

But I do think it is worthwhile learning how to joint a chicken as whole chickens seem to be so much cheaper than joints currently. Then you can make Delia's chicken basque or Nigella's chicken on peas and leeks, both scrummy dishses.

ColinFlower Wed 24-Jan-18 17:16:59

Definitely chew. It hadn't occurred to me before this but there is a huge difference in price, I think I will mainly buy whole chickens now. I didn't realise how easy it is to joint (once you've figured out which bit is the back that is!)

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Chewbecca Wed 24-Jan-18 17:36:56

I follow the instructions in Delia's complete cookery course & it now takes about 5mins. I haven't mastered doing it without checking the instructions every time though!

kateandme Wed 24-Jan-18 20:43:27

anything and everything! anything you buy breast or thighs for you can alter slightly for your whole chicken and its so much tastier and cheaper.
chicken in white sauce
stir frys
bbq chicken

1frenchfoodie Thu 25-Jan-18 21:22:11

Hairy dieters chicken - remove skin, spatchcock, slather in greek yoghurt mixed with garam masala, ginger and garlic. Marinade for a bit then oven cook or, even better, Barbeque.

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