One Chicken: Two, Maybe Three Meals!!

Bird is the word!

Let’s face it–ordinary Sunday roast chickens are getting pretty mundane and boring! But when you’re like me, you don’t settle for regular roast chicken. I mean, in the same time it takes you to roast a boring chicken, you can roast a fabulous chicken that’ll make your taste buds dance! Another great thing about roasting a chicken for me and my hubby Michael is that there is always plenty left over to create another meal the next day. Talk about a “two-fer!” Here’s the plan:

Day One: Divalicious Roast Chicken with a Lemon Butter Sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli (and cornbread dressing for the hubby)

Day Two: Southern Chicken and Dumplings and Cornbread (Do you see the pattern? Mike won’t go without the cornbread!)

Day Three: Sicilian Chicken Soup (with homemade chicken stock!)

Divalicious Roast Chicken

1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence
1/2 teaspoon chopped or minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 roasting chicken (about 6-8 pounds)
4 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine

The Sauce

4 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons lemon rind, grated
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon chopped onion

The finished herb butter ready to rub on the bird!

In a small bowl, combine the seasonings with the softened butter. This will be called THE HERB BUTTER from here on out. Pat the chicken dry and season the inside liberally with salt and black pepper. Rub a small amount of the herb butter under the skin, DIRECTLY on the chicken breasts. Rub the entire chicken with the remainder of the herb butter.

Pour the chicken stock or wine on the bottom of your roasting pan. Place chicken breast side up in pan. Roast in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and roast for another 45-50 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees in the thick part of the thigh.

If you do not possess a meat thermometer, then you can check that the meat has been properly cooked in two ways:

  • The drumstick should move about freely when wiggled.
  • The juices of the chicken run clear upon inserting a skewer into the leg.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes to allow juices to redistribute and settle. This is really important. Slow down, you won’t starve and the juicy chicken will be well worth it!

Lemon Butter Sauce
: Combine the butter, lemon rind, onions and lemon juice. Simmer over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Mix well and add in the parsley. Spoon a small amount of sauce over each piece of chicken when served.

One slice and the juices run!
Dinner is served!


Bird is the word!

Day Two

Chicken and Dumplings

4 quarts chicken stock
1   can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
1   bay leaves
1   large onion, chopped
1   rib celery, chopped
(In this case, I used ALL the meat left on the carcass of the roast chicken, About 3 1/2 cups. If you’re just making the dish, use either a whole roast chicken or 8 pieces of chicken)

Salt, pepper

1/2 tsp rosemary, chopped

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar

Place chicken, celery, onion, bay leaves, and cheese in stock and cook at a low boil for 20 to 30 minutes, until meat begins to fall off the bones.  Remove bay leaves. Add cream soup, rosemary, and sage to chicken and continue to boil.  If desired, you can thicken the stock at little by mixing 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and adding it to the stock.  Drop the frozen dumplings into boiling stock. Never stir dumplings. Shake the pot gently in a circular motion to submerge dumplings in stock.  Cook until the dumplings float and are no longer doughy, 3 to 4 minutes.  Do not  over cook.

Serve with cornbread or garlic bread!


45 Comments Add yours

  1. kumar_k says:

    wow..! super dishes….!

  2. rubaiyatbge says:

    Yummy…yummy… I love chicken, really!! And I have hound the recipe here very clear cut and easy. Thanks for such nice post anyway…..:)

  3. Rubia Amal says:

    yummy soooo delicious!

  4. vivek says:

    this is simply great test by just looking the picture.

  5. Orko says:

    Wow…i think this dish will be delicious and attractive..

  6. Orko says:

    Wow..i think this dishe will be delicious and attractive too

  7. Orko says:

    Delicious and attractive

  8. Aki says:

    Very useful

  9. sanket says:

    very goood dish and awesome photos of chicken

  10. Amazing dish. will try it.

  11. Irbazx says:

    Wow looks yummy..superb photos..will definitely try it..

  12. Parmar P says:

    really, I am very Hungry……!

  13. Andre Mariscal says:

    That looks pretty good, im trying it for sure!

  14. The dish looks really very yummy!!

  15. ahm luks tastyyy.. m hungry t eat dis ::::

  16. ragav8 says:

    What a wonderful dish.I feel very hungry to eat it.I surely try this in my home.

  17. Mithun says:

    Execellent dish suggestions

  18. AJAYPRANV says:

    awesomene dish love that

  19. tantea says:

    wonder full dish….mouth watering!!!!!!!!

  20. chicken that can made in our kitchen

  21. Sister Zelda says:

    These look like real tasty recipies. could you put serving sizes and calorie counts at the end. You could use really small type, but the dieters in the midst would apprecieate the support.

  22. Share Win says:

    This is a very good dish and I love to eat chicken….A very good photo of chicken also…

  23. SaaRaa says:

    Wow…. wonderful dishes…getting hungry…

  24. Hanna Soosan says:

    wow itz just superb…i made it..jus tasty!!!!

  25. Ankit Sharma says:

    i just finished my breakfast and now after seeing these pics i am hungry again…i am gonna try these dishes right now

  26. Abhilash Thadathil says:

    Wonderful dish.

  27. chithran says:

    i told my mam, she will make it.. thanks for a great dish…

  28. arunsrinivas says:

    wow..!! excellent recipes..!! The images adds to the excitement.. very tempting to eat.. will surely try out these recipes.. Thanks for the post..

  29. ARUN says:


  30. smitha.k.p says:

    Nicely prepered!!!!

  31. jeyaprakash says:

    I like this type of dish.. i feel happy…

  32. saeed says:

    awesome dish.

  33. MURALI says:

    Yummy…I Like this dish..I want to eat it..

  34. kannan sreekumar says:

    superb dish…

  35. Darko says:


  36. lakshmi ramkee says:

    Really mouth-watering chicken preparation made easy. very illustrative and useful info to prepare the dish at home. Thank you

  37. sajitha kumari says:

    Really nice dish.

  38. Devashish Abrol says:

    Looks good…. Love to eat this dish !!!!

  39. Suresh Kumar says:

    Very Super and tastie dish…i am really need this dish to eat…….

  40. Suj Ith says:

    Oh my God,my mouth already started to water………..

  41. ss says:

    super dish

  42. Sunder Venkataram says:

    Delicious and ready to eat. I could not decide which part to bite first!

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