Oh, how I love Costco’s rotisserie chicken. I mean it. I never get over how far that little $4.99 chicken will stretch. Here’s what I did with it this week:
I should have taken a picture before I started carving away … next time!
Next, I put all the un-carvable parts in my crock pot along with a whole onion, a handful of carrots, some celery, and enough water to cover all. This simmered for … mmm … maybe six hours. I wanted a LOT of soup, so after straining the broth into my soup kettle, I added one box (4 cups) of chicken broth, salt and pepper, some Italian seasoning, fresh rosemary, a little chicken bouillon, and a couple of chopped up potatoes and carrots. I cooked this on a full boil until the vegetables were almost ready, then added a bag of radiatori pasta, which is shaped like little radiators. You could also use fusilli, penne, or spirulini pasta. Actually, you can use any old pasta you want … who’s going to stop you? 🙂
And THEN! As if it wasn’t enough to get slices for sandwiches and bites for snacking and broth for soup … I was getting ready to throw out the chicken container when it occurred to me that it would make a great seedling greenhouse. I still had my bag of potting soil and peat cups in the catch-all closet under our stairs, so I grabbed four of the bigger pots and discovered they fit perfectly. Or I could fill the tray with …
How’s that for stretching a chicken?