Well, quite a few as it turns out.
That's our plan for the week, take a single chicken along with a package of chicken thighs and make as many meals as possible from just that. We roasted the chicken on Saturday and Sunday we stripped it and took the Homemade Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes and combined them to make one of our favorite casseroles.
The best part? It takes less than 10 minutes to assemble and is fantastic!
-Roughly chopped or shredded roast chicken
-Chicken gravy - The jar stuff is perfect for this, I don't really enjoy making homemade gravy
-A bit of left over broth if you've just roasted the chicken
-Carrots if you cooked them with your chicken (if not, you can leave them out or add a small amount of cooked carrots or canned carrots.
Take a nice large casserole dish and layer in the chicken at the bottom, pour a couple of spoonfuls of the broth or if the broth is in it's gelatin form in the fridge, just scoop a bit, it will melt in just fine. Also, pour a few spoonfuls of gravy over the chicken.
Next, spread the carrots if you're using them and then a layer of the mashed potatoes. Drop small amounts of the herbed butter that you skimmed from the roasted chicken or drizzle some more gravy over the potatoes.
Finally, spread a layer of stuffing over the top and drizzle the rest of the jar of gravy over that.
Bake at 350º for about 30 to 40 minutes until hot and bubbly throughout.
If you want to make this, but haven't had the roast chicken dinner the night before, just take any left over chicken you have, instant mashed potatoes and instant stuffing. Use the jarred gravy and assemble as above. It couldn't get any easier and this is one casserole the kids will like. It's warm and filling and a great way to stretch the food budget.
This works just as well with a roast turkey, awesome Thanksgiving leftovers!