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Chicken is one of our favorite meats. It can be cheaper than other meats and goes with just about any side dish you can think of. Roasting a whole chicken can sometimes be more than your family can eat in one sitting. What do you do with the leftovers? Thatís easy; stretch it out into other meals that your family will enjoy.

What to Do With All That Chicken

To begin with you need to know how to slice the meat from the carcass. Slicing the meat correctly will ensure that you get as much meat as possible to work with. Once you have cleaned the carcass of as much meat as you can, place it in a pot of boiling water. This will make some great broth that you can use for soups, chicken and dumplings and other dishes you might want to try. Before storing the broth season it and allow it to cool to room temperature. Place it in jars with sealed lids and store until ready to use.

There are many different recipes that use chicken. Chop, dice or even shred the leftover meat to place in dishes that will make their mouths water. One great idea is to shred the meat. Use it to make chicken tacos or enchiladas for a quick evening meal or a great Saturday lunch. Many people like barbecue chicken sandwiches also. Add a salad and you have a great meal on Sunday while watching the race.

Try using some diced chicken in different types of casseroles. Casseroles are easy to freeze. This will give you a meal that you can count on a couple of weeks later. This way you donít burn your family out on those chicken dinners but still use the leftover in a constructive way.

What about chicken noodle soup? Thereís nothing better on a cold rainy day. Use some of that broth you saved before. Add a few wide egg noodles, some cut up veggies and you have a great soup that will warm them from the toes up.

Chicken and rice go well together. You can make a delicious dish using chopped chicken, rice, broccoli and cheese. Use sliced chicken breasts for sandwiches. Kids love chicken and they will be thankful for a nice homemade sandwich in that lunch box. Add a few vegetable sticks and a drink and they have a hearty meal away from home.

Leftover chicken can be used in many ways. Why not dip it into some batter and make chicken strips. Better yet cut those chicken strips in chunks and use it for a salad at lunch. Top a pizza, make a pot pie with some creamed soup and mixed vegetables or come up with your own recipes to make that chicken count.

Using every last piece of that chicken can save you time, money and make for some great meals. Donít let it sit in the fridge until you have to throw it away. Try these ideas or some of your own to make it stretch as far as your imagination can travel.

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