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Rubber Chicken

I love Rubber Chicken. No, I’m not talking about the kind made in a factory. I’m talking about the collection of recipes to make your grocery dollar stretch.

First, you start with a roasted chicken. The next day you eat the left over meat. The third day you have soup. Easy as one, two, three and frugal! We love that!

There are times you need to follow a recipe or it just won’t turn out right. However, this isn’t one if them and I’m not a rigid cook. I usually don’t measure. I use a pinch of this and a blob of that. It can be difficult for me to share recipes when it is almost never the same twice. I consider recipes to be more of a template to get me on the right track.

So I went lookig for a REAL recipe I could share that would be close to my own. I ran across a rubber chicken post by full tummies WOW! We can even improve the variety by changing up how we season it each time. AWESOME!

I’ll share my basic template but at the bottom of the page I’ve compiled Rubber Chicken Themes for those who want them. Over time, I plan to add in favorite sets of recipes to help you stretch your budget and vary your diet. I hope you’ll share your recipes with us, too!


Rubber Chicken Template


Day One

1 large pastured chicken, bigger the better

Thaw (or don’t).
Season (or don’t).
Roast in oven at 325-375 degrees until done.
Allow sit for ten or so minutes.

Day Two

Pick off all the left over meat.
Use for sandwiches, quesadilla, pizza, chicken salad, top of a salad, burritos, soup, tacos, stir fry, chili, etc. *See below for ideas.
Serve. We usually eat the thighs and drumsticks. We save the breast meat for the next day, but not always.

Depending on the size of your family and the size of your chicken this day may have more or fewer meals in it.

Day Three

Cook carcass (back, wingtips, etc.) in water with an onion, celery and carrot.
Drain fluid (your stock). Throw out carcass.
Add stock, leftover veggies and leftover chicken bits back to pan to warm up.

Ta-da! That’s a Rubber Chicken! See how we S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D your food dollars out? You can also see why my Rubber Chicken never turns out the same twice. Perhaps this will inspire you to be more flexible in your cooking as well?

Keep your eyes peeled for the Rubber Chicken Theme recipes to be coming throughout the year. I plan to add in some detailed recipes as they become available. I encourage you to share yours as well.


Rubber Chicken Themes


Basic salt & pepper to taste chicken sandwiches onion, carrot, celery, peas, green beans
Italian garlic, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme sliced chicken breast on salad minestrone
Mexican chili, cumin, garlic salt tacos black bean soup
Curry curry, garlic, onion powder, paprika curried chicken salad sandwich chicken coconut curry soup
Asian teriyaki, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, honey salad or sandwiches chicken and rice soup
Mexican cumin, garlic, oregano, salt, red wine vinegar, paprika, sweetener enchiladas chicken lime soup
Herb rosemary, marjoram, garlic, pepper, salt pizza topping chicken stock
your idea here your recipes here and here and here

Many more to come as we find tried and true recipes!

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