One of my favorite ways to save money is to find ways to cut back on the grocery bill. Since food quickly disappears in our house it is nice to save money on buying it. I recently have bought a lot of rotisserie chickens when I do the shopping. I can pick one up for only $5 and they make a great easy meal. Even after eating the rotisserie chicken we still have plenty leftover. I decided to get creative this week and see how far I can stretch the rotisserie chicken.
I managed to get 4 meals from the rotisserie chicken. I spent a total of $22.07 to get the rotisserie chicken and everything I needed for the 4 meals. If you are trying to stretch your grocery bill check out how to get these 4 easy to make meals from a rotisserie chicken for only $22.
The first night we had a swim meet that ran really late. It was the perfect night for a rotisserie chicken because I didn't feel like coming home and cooking at 9 o'clock at night. I picked up the chicken earlier in the day and then reheated it for dinner. I made fresh green beans and rice to go along with the rotisserie chicken. Because I have the green beans and rice I don't make really big portions of the chicken for my family. I just use a little bit of the breasts to go with the green beans and rice. It gives us plenty of chicken leftover to use for the other meals. Total spent on the first meal $7.58.
The second night I removed the rest of the breast meat from the rotisserie chicken to serve with the fettuccine alfredo that I made. Again I didn't use a ton of the meat on the pasta. I just mixed in the meat with the pasta sauce. I served a side salad with the pasta. I spent $3.37 to buy the pasta, alfredo sauce and bagged salad.
The third night I removed most of the thigh and leg meat and chopped it up. I made cheese and chicken tortillas with the meat. They are a really quick and easy meal when you are in a hurry. I just put the cheese and chicken in the tortilla, fold it in half and cook it for a few minutes in a George Foreman. We had a swim meet again this day so I went super easy on the sides. We had the leftovers from the bagged salad the night before and a bag of tortilla chips and queso sauce. Total for the queso sauce, chips, flour tortillas, and cheese was $6.16. Not bad for a meal in a hurry.
Early the next day I removed all the rest of the meat from the chicken, there really wasn't too much left, and set it aside. I used the carcass of the chicken to make some chicken broth. Once the chicken broth cooled I skimmed the fat off the top and used the chicken broth and leftover chicken meat to make homemade chicken noodle soup. I spend $4.96 on carrots, celery, noodles, and onions to make the soup. I also made some homemade bread to go with the soup. The soup made such a large portion that I ended up freezing some of it. I used the recipe here to make the chicken noodle soup. I skipped the part where you put the whole chicken in the soup. I just added the leftover chicken that I had.
I was able to make 4 meals to feed my family for right around $22. If you are trying to stretch your grocery money this is a great way to do it. Plus you have the convenience of some easy meals. Want some more money saving ideas? You can see some of my favorite rotisserie chicken meals here. Also, make sure you check out my 5 meaty meals for under $35.