Thursday, 14 July 2011

Rubber Chicken

I'm sure most of you will know what rubber chicken is but if you don't it means to s-t-r-e-t-c-h  a chicken to make as many meals as possible and use every bit of the chicken.

Tuesday four people had roast chicken with salad. This is how I used the chicken over the week.

I then stripped every last bit of meat off the carcass and I stored this in an old margarine tub which was then put in the freezer for later in the week.

Today we had the tub of chicken, thawed then added to a casserole of carrot, marrow, onion and chicken stock. This was our meal tonight and there was plenty for three.

                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes I make this with the leftover chicken or make a chicken pie. Another thing I use leftover chicken in is a stir-fry or in fajitas.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                  The carcass along with another I had in the freezer was put in my slowcooker with an onion, carrot, bay leaf, black peppercorns and some water and left to cook for six hours.

This was then strained and stored in containers to freeze. I got three lots of stock for later use. All I had left was some skin and bones. The carrot from the stock went to the dog.

What do you make with your chicken leftovers? I could do with some new ideas to try.


  1. I am a bit of a chicken carcass scaredy cat. I am never sure exactly what to do with it. we eat all the meat off but i always imagine that when you make the stock it would be really greasy, i will have to give it a try. recently though i havent bought a chicken as i have been lucky with the whoopsies and have got diced breast etc.

  2. I always try to stretch my chicken as much as I possibly can. I tend to either make a chicken, bacon and leek pie or my favourite thing to do with it is make chicken curry with rice which always go's down well. You could make chicken noodle soup or chicken and sweetcorn chowder.
    You could do a rice dish like a pea and chicken risotto or a chicken pasta bake. Hope these idea's help!

  3. I'm ashamed to say that I'm not very adventurous at all. I usually use leftovers for sandwiches, though to be honest, there's never much meat left in our house. I love your casserole idea though and shall definitely do that if I do happen to have any leftovers in future. I never make stock either, I might give that a go too.

  4. Hi Miss Piggy Bank. When you strain the stock into it's container, put the container in the fridge until the fat solidifies then you just scrap off the fat. The stock will not be greasy at all.

    Hi Sam. Some good ideas there. Not made a chowder for ages think that could be up next to use leftovers. Thank you.