4 Ways with Rotisserie Chicken

I can make one chicken last through 3 meals for sure and sometimes I can push it to the 4th.  I have 2 high school aged kids, so it gets tricky, but trying to keep it from being the “main dish” and making it more of a side dish helps stretch it.

I prefer to get my chicken at Costco for just $4.99.  And not every chicken is the same.  Take time to find one that touches the lid.  Once you stop and start looking you will see that some are much smaller.

1.  We always have our first meal with some rolls, salad or veggies, and a baked potato.   It makes for a great busy day meal and the clean up is so easy.
2.  Then I took some of the leftover chicken and added it to Pasta Carbonara along with some fresh green beans out the garden.  I like to have meatless meals, but it’s nice to at least cut down on the meat, which seems to work for us.

Easy Pasta Carbonara
3 Eggs at room temperature, well beaten **
1 cup Parmesan cheese added to the beaten eggs
1/3 c. heavy cream
16oz of pasta
left over chicken
Fresh green beans
1 cup pasta water

Cook pasta according to directions. Add green beans during last 3 minutes of cooking. Combine the eggs, cheese and cream.
Once cooked and drained immediately add the egg, cream and cheese mixture and stir completely.  The heat of the pasta is what cooks the eggs.  Add the hot pasta water, a little at a time, to bring it to a creamy consistency.  I then added some left over chopped chicken.  Sprinkle with more cheese if you would like.
Serve right away!!

3.  From there I made chicken salad sandwiches with cashews and craisins.
4.  The rest, which is mostly just a lot of picking, will be thrown into the freezer and used later for homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles.

Wow that is the chicken that just keeps on giving.  For $4.99 it really is nice to have in the house every so often.

What other things do you make with Rotisserie Chicken?  I am always looking for more ideas.

**Buying eggs these days has been a little scary.  Make sure eggs are fresh and from an organic source if at all possible.

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