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Make the Most of Your Money... Stretch One Chicken to Feed Your Family Dinner for 3 Days

Updated on October 24, 2012

Day 1 Baked Chicken Recipe

Ok, let me preempt this by saying these recipes are not for a weight loss program but are great for stretching the food budget razor thin.



  • 1 Whole chicken
  • Butter
  • Rosemary
  • Salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put some butter and rosemary under the skin of the breast and lightly salt the outside of the skin all over the chicken.
  3. Bake at 350 for about an hour
  4. Carve the breast meat away from the bones; remove the legs, wings, and thighs to serve. Don't be to efficient in your carving so that there is a good amount of meat left on the bones. Put the bones and drippings into a large cooking pot for the next day and store in the fridge..
  5. Serve with a vegetable, fruit, and potatoes or rice for a filling meal. I often just open a can of green beans, a can of pineapple, and make some rice.

Day 2 Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

In the morning or early afternoon completely cover the leftovers in the pot with water and boil to make broth.After about an hour of boiling turn off the heat to allow it to cool. Since the pot is essentially ready to go you could start this process when you get up without really affecting your morning routine. The meat will need to cool to finish which is why you need to do this first part of this process early in the day.When you are ready to make or prep for dinner strain the meat and bones from the broth then strip all of the meat from the bones and put it back into the pot with the broth. While bringing the broth and meat to a boil make the dumplings.


  • 2 c. flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾-1c. of milk


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add enough milk to make a soft non-sticky dough
  3. Roll out the dough and use a pizza cutter to cut it into squares, or roll the dough into small nickel size balls.
  4. Boil the dumplings in the broth for about ten minutes.

While they are boiling fry ½ c. of flour in ½ c. of butter until they are thoroughly combined.Add ½ to 1 c. of milk to this mixture and bring to a boil allowing it to thicken (like you were making gravy).Pour this into the boiling dumplings and broth after the ten minutes.You now have chicken and dumplings.Season with salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.Scoop out the dumplings and SOME of the chicken onto each plate and serve with some veggies and fruit saving the left over dumpling ‘gravy’ in the pot.

Day 3 Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

In the morning make a double portion of the ‘Buttery Flakey Pie Crust’ and put it in the fridge.You could also make this crust the night before or even the weekend before but whenever you make it do it early enough to allow it to cool for at least 4 hours.When it is time to cook for dinner add a can of mixed veggies to the left over dumpling gravy. It will probably still have a few dumplings and chicken left in it and that is fine. Split your pie crust in half covering a 9x13 pan with the first half.Pour the ‘gravy’ and veggies over the crust and top with the other half of the dough. Press the edges of the top and bottom crust together and cut slits in the top. Bake at 350 until crust is golden and flakey.Serve with a side of fruit.

How did this plan work for you?

5 stars from 1 rating of 1 chicken 3 dinners


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    • Dreamjar profile image

      Dreamjar 5 years ago from Florida

      that sound yum and pretty easy.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Instead of the pot pie, I am making salgados. They are similar to Won Ton squares so I think the pot pie crust would work great too. They are a Brazilian dish but I think if you add the veggies to the dumpling gravy, and put a tablespoon over a slice of mozarella, fold over the dough and seal them by hand, they will be great. After that they should be deep fried in whatever oil you use. You might want to try this for a third day alternative; it would be something different for your kids, but definitely not low calorie!

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      Dreamjar 5 years ago from Florida

      I hope it worked out well DrMark

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I´m making use of this! I cooked a Peking duck last night and making the dumplings tonight, the pot pie tomorrow. Great hub.

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      Dreamjar 5 years ago from Florida

      I guess you could make 3 and hid one:) I have six in my family so the first day when I carve the chicken I intentionally leave behind some meat on the ribs and back. Hubby gets one breast, daughter gets the other. My 3 boys and I share the 2 legs, 2 thighs, and 2 wings.

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      Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well, when I bake whole chicken for my family, I have to bake 2 at a time (family of 9). Then "if" I have any left over, and was able to make dumplings, I am sure there would not be any left over for pot pie. LOL These are some great ideas for a "normal" size family though and I have done these and they are great...."Someday" it will be just my husband and I and I will be wondering why I cooked so much and what to do with the leftovers. :-) Thanks for some great ideas!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      A whole chicken can go a long way towards stretching your food dollars. I like the idea of making chicken and dumplings, then chicken pot pie,but I guess it would depend on the size of the chicken as to how much meat is left for the pot pie. Great suggestions, voted up and useful!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea. I tend to save time and just eat leftovers, but this is a great way to repurpose them and not feel like I am eating the same thing over and over again.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Some great and tasty suggestions for those looking to save a little money! These are simple and workable even for the busy modern family.

      Shared, up, useful and pinned.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      My mum in law usually does this. The chicken lasts for a few days, without spoiling too! Thanks for the tips, will share!!