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Broke-Ass Mom Leftover Chicken Ideas

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A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about how you can make all Broke-Ass moms proud across the world with my simple recipe for Chicken Broth.  If you haven’t read it, read it here.

But today I realized that using the contents of your refrigerator plus leftovers from dinners the night before is also a great, and challenging way to be Broke-Ass.  At 3pm this afternoon I looked in the fridge to try and figure out what we were going to have for dinner.  I found the following when I opened the door:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • One onion
  • Thyme
  • Cooked chicken from two different dinners
  • Chicken broth

It suddenly occurred to me I could make a kick ass Chicken Pot Pie, and I’ve already saved myself the trouble of having to cook the chicken first.  By 5pm I had a complete Chicken Pot Pie dinner.

If for some crazy reason, you don’t like Chicken Pot Pie, here are some other ideas about how to use leftover chicken.

  • Chicken and Pasta (just add some tomato sauce and maybe a few veggies)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Chicken Sandwiches (either make chicken salad with mayo and celery, or the way we like it is with BBQ sauce on toasted bread)
  • Chicken Enchiladas

Buy a roast chicken either already prepared (sometimes they are only $7.99 for a full rotisserie chicken), or make one yourself.  Then make all sorts of delicious dinners on the days to follow with the leftovers.  You’ll look like a superstar.  Just smile and pretend that you slaved all day over a hot stove with a crying toddler.

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Jennifer White - Mommy No Bucks

Jennifer White - Mommy No Bucks

Jennifer has been a bit of a nomad having lived in seven different cities. Her life as a gypsy has settled down for the moment in San Francisco with her husband and two-year old son. Recently, she decided to throw caution to the wind, quit her job as an analyst to be a full-time mom while chasing her dreams (and the Pulitzer Prize). When she's not writing, she's aspiring to be a luddite (although blogging isn't helping), knitting the occasional hat, or running in the park with her son and his secondhand compost truck in tow.