End of Month Strettchh -Rubber Chicken – Part One – Roast Dinner

The end of the month is still 10 days away, and a lot of budgets are feeling the strain, I don’t profess to be a full on Frugal cook, but I can feed a family on next to nothing when needs be, and in the past needs definitely be!! I was discussing ways to make good food from a base ingredient with Youngest and said I would blog about ‘Rubber Chicken’, this is when you try and make as many meals as possible from one Chicken.


I spent £4.99 at Aldi on a really fat large whole chicken, which I will throw whole into the slow cooker – no water, just a little seasoning.


So this week, from this one Chicken, I will make

Sunday – 2 x large roast dinners,
Tuesday – 2 x Rustic Chicken, Leek, bacon and Thyme pies (one for the freezer)
Thursday – Fakeaway Chilli Chicken and cashew with rice
5 portions of Chicken soup for work lunches

15 meals from one Chicken that’s 33p a portion (chicken only) – this would feed more for kids or lighter eaters.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to eat chicken all week, your freezer is your friend when you are stretching the budget, freeze the pie, freeze the stock and leftover meat, in 2 portions.


It will happily sit there for 6-8 hours on low – my slow cooker is the best part of 30 years old 😱 And it’s followed me through 2 marriages and 3 kids and numerous house moves, it is fab 🤗

The picture doesn’t do justice to the amount of meat that is here

The first time I tried this I was sceptical, but the slow cooker makes a fabulously succulent, moist chicken, that literally falls off the bone.


Don’t throw any fluid away, once you have removed the Chicken breasts and picked all the meat from the bones, pop the carcus back into the slow cooker with some chopped onion, carrot and celery and cook out for another good few hours for a delicious stock for soups and Risottos . I leave the stock to cool and remove any fat, it’s then ready to use- it’s smells amazing….

Today, is Sunday Roast, obviously Chicken, with some stuffing, roast potatoes, steamed kale (Aldi super6) and carrots. I cooked the chicken yesterday, purely due to the time it takes to cook, I didn’t want to leave it on overnight.


We have half a breast each, with some leg meat for Hubby. I am using some freezer stashed Christmas Aldi sage and onion stuffing, some for today’s dinner, some to add to the pie filling to ‘pad’ it out.


Roast Potatoes – one large Potato between us, and 2 peeled and cut parsnips that were loitering in the fridge.  If you are feeding a crowd, make some homemade Yorkshire Puddings, they cost pence to make and are a great filler. Recipe Here


Stage one of this weeks Rubber Chicken complete 🤗

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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