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One Bird = Three Meals! No Joke!

Updated: Feb 23, 2019

I was talking with a homeschool mom just the other day who didn’t shop at Costco, which is just a few miles down the road. I was surprised! She has three kids! “Why not?!” I pried. Well, having never shopped there before (she had moved from back east), she wasn't convinced it was a great enough value to constitute the annual membership fee (starting at $60). I gently placed my hand on her shoulder, looked her in the eye, and shared with total sincerity,

“Oh honey, the rotisserie chickens alone are worth the price of admission!”

I meant every word of it! At our Costco hot, juicy, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens are just $5! Five bucks!! That’s a crazy awesome deal! At our Fred Meyer grocers (owned by Kroger) they’re twice that! Not only that, I can actually wring the bird clean and feed my family of four THREE TIMES!!!

Here’s how, but first my disclaimer (You knew there had to be one, huh?) In our house, we usually serve meat as the “garnish” (to my husband's dismay), say in spaghetti and meatballs, shepherd’s pie, or our regular homemade pizza. Or the meat portion can be as much as half the meal, say in our weekly tacos (#tacotuesday). They say it’s best to eat meat in about 3oz portions per meal, so that's what we try to stick to. (I’m sort of a rule follower!) This also stretches the protein out, and saves lots of money in the long run at the butcher shop! Though I admit, in the summer we tend to eat more burgers and chicken strips off the grill, but during the more sedentary months of fall and winter, we aim to eat lighter portions. With that said, here are my three meals:

1. Salad

2. Stir Fry

3. Soup

Keep reading to see how I pull them together.

Start by discarding skin, then slicing chicken breast.

Meal One. Chicken topped spinach salad (or Caesar salad with fresh parm and black olives) On a big bed of greens, top with a handful of pulled chicken. Delicious with feta cheese and sliced strawberries, when in season, if not dried cranberries are great too! If you wish, top with walnuts or almonds, homemade croutons and Caesar dressing.

OR, Chicken Sandwiches on Sourdough toast

Smother toast with Duke's mayonnaise, or bbq sauce. Cover one side with slices of chicken breast. Add spinach, or romaine, and any other veg you like (i.e., avocado or cucumber). Serve with carrot sticks and a handful of potato chips.

Pull off most of the remaining meat from chicken carcass and refrigerate or freeze for Meal Two. Place chicken carcass, still in plastic rotisserie container (or freezer bag), in a plastic bag and date it, for Meal Three.

Meal Two. Chicken Stir Fry (OR, Creamy Chicken Salad, Chicken fajitas, etc.)

(Note: If your crew were ravenous beasts at Meal One and you have no leftover meat, skip to Meal Three.) Saute' some onion, then throw some frozen veg (carrots, broccoli) in a big skillet until tender. Add the leftover chicken and precooked rice. Warm and serve! Voila!

Meal Three. Chicken Soup (bone broth first)

Bone broth: Place chicken carcass in large kettle and cover with cool water and simmer on the stove (or Crockpot) for about 6 hours.

I put the carcasses in the freezer until I have 2-3 and then I make a big batch of bone broth with them! #timesaver

Sort meat from gristle and bones. Drop meat back into pot, and discard bones and such. And chopped onion, carrots, parsley, salt and pepper, and the secret ingredient to all my soups: my trusty best-ever chicken bouillon! Adding broth will stretch the chicken soup to where you may even have leftovers for hot lunch tomorrow! Once veg is mostly tender, feel free to add egg noodles, wild rice, or our family favorite, homemade dumplings!

Find Bonus: Costco Grocery List below so you've got the ingredients on hand for these yummy dishes! Or be creative and make some of your family's favorites with these portions of pulled chicken.

Three family meals from ONE bird, y’all! It’s just too good!! We buy at least two a month! (We’ve even had “Costco Potlucks” for holiday parties featuring these yummy chickens!) Dude, even if we only ate ONCE from this bird, it’s completely worth it! How often can you get five dollars in take-out and feed four people?! Like, never! (Can you tell I’m kind of a fan?) Rotisseries rock! I hope I've convinced you to give them a try as well!

Who else is on the “For the Love of Rotisserie Chickens” bandwagon?!

What do you love making with yours?

Bonus: Costco Grocery List

White or yellow onions

Spinach, or romaine


Fresh strawberries, or dried cranberries

Fresh parmesan, or feta, cheese

One rotisserie chicken

Frozen bag of stir fry veg, or fresh bell peppers (for fajita option)

Bag of walnuts or almonds

Canned black olives

BBQ sauce (for sandwich option)

Potato chips

Egg noodles, or rice

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