The three-meal (easy meals!) chicken

I have a family of 4 or 5, depending on how many teenagers are in residence at the time. Even with a full house, we can get 3 meals out of every pastured chicken that we cook.

Meal No. 1: Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

(did I mention that I don't have a lot of time to cook? The slow cooker is an essential tool)

Roast Chicken Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash

I put that sucker into the slow cooker frozen solid at 7 am. Peel the plastic wrapping off, throw salt, pepper, garlic, and italian seasoning on top of it, set it on 8 hours, and walk away. If you want a crispy skin on your bird, stick it under the broiler for 5 minutes. That's it!

Make sure to save all of the liquid - pour it off into a mason jar and stick it in the fridge for meal #3.

Meal No. 2: Your choice - chicken salad, tacos, enchiladas, barbecue sandwiches, etc.

Chicken Salad - Photo by Katka Pavlickova on Unsplash

Use the rest of the meat for a pulled chicken meal. I like to look on Pinterest for Rotisserie chicken leftover ideas - the sky is the limit, here!

Meal No. 3: A stew - again, your choice of chicken and rice, chicken and vegetable stew, chicken and dumplings, chicken curry, etc.

chicken noodle soup

In this meal, you're taking the broth that you collected from meal 1, and pour it back on top of the bones of the chicken. Add water, sauteed onions, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, garlic, italian seasonings, and boil for a few hours (or at least one hour if you're like me and in a hurry). This will create a rich bone broth that is SOO very good for you, and can be modified in a zillion different ways.

Pull the bones out and let them cool, pick all of the meat off, and throw it back in the pot. Add your rice/dumplings/gnocchi/potatoes and you've got one more healthy, delicious meal!

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