I had a dilema. I needed to make a single whole chicken feed my family of five for two days. We had been going through some thin times and I had been as creative as I could while trying to stretch every dollar to it’s limit.
I had the same problem everyone has when they look into the refrigerator, what to fix for dinner? All Ihad was a whole chicken, some egg noodles and 6 baby carrots and 2 ribs of celery and almost half of a small onion. How was I going to make these few items feed all of us for 2 dinners?
Well, as it turned out, we had more than enough for 2 dinners, we had enough leftovers for lunch on the third day!
Here’s how I did it:
I rinsed the chicken under cold running water and placed it in a small roasting pan that I sprayed with cooking spray. I poured 1/4 of a cup of cold water over the chicken and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then I put in in the oven at 350 degrees and roasted it just until the juices ran clear.
After letting the chicken rest for a little while, I cut off both legs, both thighs, and both breasts. Then I put 1/4 of the bag of noodles into boiling salted water, cooked them until tender. Drained them and served them with the chicken after tossing them with a little butter and salt and pepper. I also served them with a can of peas I had in my cabinet. (This made 6 servings).
I saved the chicken carcass with the wings intact and left them in the juices in the roasting pan and stored them in the fridge overnight.
The next day, I put the chicken carcass along with the cooking juices in a dutch oven on the stovetop and added 4 cups of water. I boiled the chicken for 15 minutes to make a good broth and then removed the chicken from the water. I let the chicken cool enough to handle and removed all of the meat from the bones and put it back in the dutch oven. I chopped the celery, onion and carrots and added them to the water. I brought the chicken mixture back to boil and reduced the heat, allowing the mixture to simmer until the vegetables were fork-tender. Then I stirred the remaining egg noodles into the broth and continued to cook until done. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. (This made 10 generous servings)