Recently, I’ve been looking for ways to cut our grocery budget and my eye went straight to the Rotisserie Chicken. Typically, we just eat the chicken with a couple of sides, but I got to thinking…if I really stretch this out, how many meals could I get out of one chicken? Well, if you’re reading this post, you know it’s 3 meals. Yes, you read that correctly. I got three meals out of one $5 rotisserie chicken:
The first meal that we started with was Chicken Fajita Nachos. Loaded with veggies and packed with protein, this is a meal your entire family will love. We actually put this pan in the middle of our kitchen table and just dive in. You can tailor these to your crew by adding lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, sour cream or just whatever you like on your nachos. Check out the recipe. You will not be disappointed!
Next, we had BBQ Chicken Stuffed Potatoes with Bacon and Ranch. Try saying that three times in a row! You know what though? You may not be able to say it three times in a row, but you’ll want to eat it three times in a row. Yes, you will. I mention this in the recipe, but it stands to be mentioned here. The grown ups had their BBQ Chicken on a sweet potato and the boys had their BBQ on a regular potato. The type of potato is really up to you. Either way, try these BBQ Chicken Stuffed Potatoes with Bacon and Ranch!
And then finally, we had this Simple Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup. What is that you are asking? There’s no chicken in this so what does it have to do with a rotisserie chicken. Well, I’m glad you asked. Once you finish with all the meat of the chicken, there are still great things to be done with the bones. That’s right. You are going to make your own chicken broth as a base for this Simple Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup. Homemade chicken broth is packed up all kinds of good and you’re going to see how incredibly simple it is to make. Enjoy!
And while I’m at it, if I’m being completely honest I didn’t really get three meals out of one chicken…I actually got four. I made so much broth that I was able to make the Simple Vegetable Soup AND Tomato Basil Soup. Using homemade broth makes a HUGE difference when making soup.
What about you? Do you have any menus that you use to save on your grocery budget? All in all, I’d say these 3 meals cost between $20-25. I call that a success for 1 girl and 4 boys to eat three meals. Yep. I call that success.