A few days ago, I shared with you my Simple Roast Chicken, with different tasty rubs/flavourings to lift your chook! Today I’m going to share with you, just how and what you can do with your leftovers.
I’m a big believer in cooking once and eating twice, three times even more…
Traditionally Sunday was always Roast Day. Mum’s would put the roast in the oven, before the family headed off to church, then on return they could all sit down to a big meal of veggies, gravy and roast meat and reconnected after a long week. Theit was eaten over and again as leftovers in stews, pies and as cold cuts. This is why the Sunday roast became such an important part of the week.
The tradition of the Sunday roast as a large, sit down meal with the family is certainly not as regular as it used to be. Being too time-poor to spend a day cooking and eating, the ritual of the Sunday roast has been somewhat lost.
But here is why I believe in our busy lives you need to return to this tradition.
- Instead of roast lunch, cook it for dinner, as there is more time to achieve this.
- A roast is one of the easiest meals you can cook, even the least of ‘cooks’ amongst us, can cook a roast.
- It’s easy to cook so much more than you need for that one meal, then hello leftovers!
- During the busy working week, when you get home late from work, or kids activities, it allows you to have some quick meals to have on the table in next to know time.
And these meals can be many!!
Let’s start with the leftover Chicken.
After I cook a roast chicken;
- I remove all the remaining meat from the bones (including the skin if you like it).
- Roughly chop it and store it in an airtight glass dish with lid.
- Leftover chicken can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for three to four days, and in the freezer for about four months.
- If you have a large family, cook 2 x chickens at once rather than one. It doesn’t take any more time to do this.
- The carcass I pop in a freezer bag and save for making stock.
So the reinvented meals….here we go;
- The obvious, is to use some of your leftover chicken for wraps and rolls, for the little or big kids lunchbox. You don’t need to use much meat, so plenty for any of the following meals below.
- Make a simple big chicken salad– think;
*Chicken and Avocado, with mixed lettuce leaves, Beetroot and sprouts.
Add your favourite dressing
*Chicken, Quinoa or brown rice, Rocket, cucumber and Tomato, with a little EV olive oil and lemon juice.
*Chicken Vietnamese Salad. Recipe link here;
*Chicken Caesar Salad. Recipe link here;
Just use leftover chicken rather than cooking fresh chicken in recipe.
- Chicken Stir Fry. Chop up your vegetables, some leftover chopped chicken and add to your wok with your favourite stir fry sauce. You can serve with noodles, zoodles, rice or cauliflower rice. You’ll find my Full Proof Stir Fry Sauce recipe here;
- Mexican Chicken Tortilla/tacos. Pan fry your leftover chicken, some sliced onion and capsicum with, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp of garlic, cumin and coriander powder. Once heated through, squeeze half a lime juice over the chicken. Serve with some mashed avocado, a little salad and some tortilla’s or Taco’s.
- Chicken and mushroom pie. Recipe Link here; This is a super easy Jamie Oliver recipe, he uses fresh chicken, but just add your leftover chicken instead!
- Chicken Noodle Soup. Recipe link here;
- Asian Noodle Soup. Recipe link here;
- Quick Chicken and Veg Curry. Recipe link here;
- Roast Vegetable and Chicken Salad – a great way to use up all your leftovers from your roast. Heat up your roast vegetable and chicken, add to a large platter with rocket and/or spinach leaves, and then add some goat’s feta. Drizzle a dressing of, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, ¼ cup EV olive Oil & ½ lemon juiced ( mix all this into a jar and shake to well blended first, before adding to salad) * this can be served warm or cool. Just heat your Veg and chicken in a pan, or microwave, if serving warm.
- Chicken, broccoli and mustard bake. Recipe link here.
*Don’t forget to use your leftover carcass to make some stock. This can be done in a busy life, especially if you have a slow cooker. Homemade bone broth/stock is a wonderful source of nourishment and flavour and a must in any healthy kitchen- no packet can do what a homemade stock can do for your health!
This is one of my big kitchen hacks I have in my tools kit. Cooking once and eating twice, three times…even four! Share with me any ideas you have to add to this list in the comments section below. I love hearing your tips and feedback:)