Friday, May 7, 2010

Easy roast chicken and a chicken soup recipe with the leftovers

Something I really wanted to do this year was have meals that made great left overs the next night to make the early evenings a little easier with two kids!  'Cook once, eat twice' meals are great aren't they.
I'm not much of a cook but one thing I do like to cook is roast chicken, and the chicken soup makes a tasty quick meal for the following night.  So here's a recipe if you are a bit of a beginner cook like me!

Roast chicken and potatoes 
1. Turn oven on to 180
2. Rinse chicken under the tap and pat dry with a paper towel
3. Place in oven tray, peel 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and place in chicken cavity along with 2 lemon quarters.
4. Sprinkle tuscan seasoning and salt and pepper all over chicken
5. Place in oven, set timer for 30 mins

Prepare your potatoes- peel and chop into halves or quarters depending on size, place in bowl with enough olive oil to coat the potatoes, some chopped rosemary, a garlic clove and some red onion. Mix together in bowl.

6. At 30 mins, place potatoes around the chicken and set timer for another 30 mins.
7. When timer goes, turn the potatoes over and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Yummy on a cold winters night!

Ben's Chicken Soup recipe

1. Chop up your left over chicken into bite sized pieces
2. Bring one litre of chicken stock to the boil
3. Add vermicelli or spaghetti noodles (enough for however many people you are cooking for)
4. Boil for about 8-9 minutes
5. Add the chicken, a handful of peas and some chopped parsley and season with a good amount of pepper.
6. Serve with bread rolls

Another good 'cook once, eat twice' meal is to make spaghetti bolognese or a lasagne one night and then keep some of the mince aside and make baked potatoes with mince and cheese another night. Yum!
Would love any other ideas if you have them- thats about the limit of my cooking repertoire!!!
Megan x


clare said...

Yay, thanks Megan! I'll give it a go! Never done a roast chicken...eek!

Anonymous said...

Megan your a legend! oh and Ben haha Im gonna try it and impress Greg! Great new flavours for me to put in the chicken and then like magic ill produce a soup the next night!

{call me satch} said...

i love the idea of spagetti in the soup, will definately give that a go :)

Rosie said...

Hi Megan - cook once eat twice is a great idea. I have been doing double sized meals and freezing half. Not as creative as your meals but sure works well when you just can't face cooking!

Rhiannon said...

One of my favourite cook once eat twice meals is to make a big lot of mince with chilli beans and have it as nachos one night, and the rest with rice as chilli con carne the next night. I made chicken & vege soup last week from left over roast chicken. Yum! especially when it cooks in the crockpot all day and there's no prep at dinner time except to butter some bread.

Jen said...

we LOVE Roast chicken and potatoes
and we often use leftovers the next night

we had chicken soup last week
used a recipe the Correspondence School sent us
shall have to try this soon
last night I made stirv fry using left over chicken :)

Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds yum Megan - another thing I do with the chicken soup is make it what we call at our place "Asian Chicken Soup" by adding mushrooms and beans instead of peas and a good dollop of light soy sauce, super yum. Don't think your roast can be beaten though! x

Jacqui said...

Mmmm...roast chicken. I often do the roast chicken one night and the left-overs in a risotto the next night or the night after. Especially beautiful if you have any juices left over from the roasting pan to add in. I use finely chopped onion, a clove of garlic, chicken stock and throw in some frozen peas and corn towards the end. Finish with a handful of parmesan and sometimes a dash of cream if I'm feeling decadent.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say Happy Mothers Day Megan x

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