Way To Save: One chicken – Three meals

ID-100128378When it comes to saving money, stretching out meal ingredients is one of the best ways. If you are looking for a way to save money by making several meals with one main ingredient, check out these three meals made from one boiled chicken.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Obviously, the best thing to make with a whole chicken is going to be chicken noodle soup. This one is easy to do,

Ingredients:
1 Whole chicken
1 10-ounce can of chicken broth
2 cups water
1.5 cups sliced carrots
1/2 cup of celery
1/4 cup of onion, diced
1 small bag of egg noodles
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Boil the chicken until done.
Pull about 2 cups of meat from the bones and scoop out 1 cup of broth.
Bring broth and the canned broth to a boil with the water.
Add in carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper, Allow to boil for three minutes, and then reduce heat, allowing to simmer for 20 minutes.
Add in chicken and cook for 10 minutes.
Add in noodles and cook for five minutes.

Chicken Spaghetti
Another great recipe to use up some of that chicken is chicken spaghetti.

Ingredients:
3 cups chicken, shredded
1 8-ounce can Rotel tomatoes and peppers
1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 10-ounce cans tomato sauce
1 block velveeta cheese
1 box of spaghetti noodles
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Bring cheese and all canned items to a simmer in a large sauce pan. Stir well until all cheese is melted. Add in chicken and stir until coated and warm. Add salt and pepper and stir. Cook noodle separately and drain and rinse well after they are done. Top noodles with chicken mixture and serve with a side of garlic bread.

 

Smothered Chicken and Mashed Potatoes
Using the rest of that chicken has never been so easy or delicious.

Ingredients:
Remaining chicken, skin off
1 8-ounce can of cream of tomato
1/4 cup of beef broth
10 large potatoes
5 tablespoons sour cream
1 cup milk

4 tablespoons of butter
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Mix the cream of mushroom with a bit of water, the broth, and some salt and pepper in a saucepan until warm. Peel, dice, and boil the potatoes until soft enough to mash. Drain, then return to the pot. Add in sour cream, milk, and butter and mash all together to make the potatoes. Add in more salt and pepper.  Warm the chicken, then top it with the mushroom gravy mix and add some to the potatoes. Serve with a side of green beans or black-eyed peas.

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